Augmented EMTCNN: A fast and accurate facial landmark detection network

Hyeon Woo Kim, Hyung Joon Kim, Seungmin Rho, Eenjun Hwang

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Facial landmarks represent prominent feature points on the face that can be used as anchor points in many face-related tasks. So far, a lot of research has been done with the aim of achieving ecient extraction of landmarks from facial images. Employing a large number of feature points for landmark detection and tracking usually requires excessive processing time. On the contrary, relying on too few feature points cannot accurately represent diverse landmark properties, such as shape. To extract the 68 most popular facial landmark points eciently, in our previous study, we proposed a model called EMTCNN that extended the multi-task cascaded convolutional neural network for real-time face landmark detection. To improve the detection accuracy, in this study, we augment the EMTCNN model by using two convolution techniques-dilated convolution and CoordConv. The former makes it possible to increase the filter size without a significant increase in computation time. The latter enables the spatial coordinate information of landmarks to be reflected in the model. We demonstrate that our model can improve the detection accuracy while maintaining the processing speed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2253
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (NRF-2019R1F1A1060668). We greatly appreciate the anonymous reviewers for their comments and suggestions.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 by the authors.


  • 9Cascaded structure
  • Convolutional neural networks
  • Face detection
  • Facial landmark extraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Instrumentation
  • General Engineering
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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