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The present invention discloses the detection of faces in digital images. Rather than subjecting the entire image (

1

) to computationally intensive face detection analysis, the image is instead segmented into regions (

2

) each of which has a substantially homogeneous color. Only those regions (

2

) having a predominantly skin color are then subjected to the face detection analysis. Preferably the face detection analysis is independent of facial color.

Title
Face detection in digital images
Application Number
9/326561
Publication Number
6661907 (B2)
Application Date
June 7, 1999
Publication Date
December 9, 2003
Inventor
Alison Joan Lennon
Balmain
US
Edwin Ho
Seven Hills
US
Agent
Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
US
Assignee
Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
US
IPC
G06K 9/00
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