Application and evaluation of texture-adaptive skin detection in TV image enhancement

B. Zafarifar, E.B. Bellers, P.H.N. With, de

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This paper evaluates a case study where a previously reported texture-adaptive skin detection algorithm is applied for TV image enhancement. A color-only skin detector of an existing high-end TV chip is extended with a texture feature, enabling exclusion of skin-colored textured areas. We report the performance in terms of detection result, and in terms of image quality in a cascade of three image enhancement functions. In terms of detection score, at 80% true positive rate, the false positive rate of the texture-adaptive skin detector is 29% lower than that of the color-only skin detector, forming a clear improvement. With respect to its application in enhancement, we assess the enhancement quality by measuring the RMS error of the enhancement output compared to an optimally enhanced image based on ground-truth skin areas. When using the texture-adaptive skin detector, the enhancement RMS error is 44% lower than the RMS error when using the color-only skin detector, thereby confirming the applicability of the proposal. Subjective evaluation indicates that the proposed algorithm is better suitable for mid/high-frequency boosting applications like sharpness enhancement, and less suitable for enhancements that operate on low frequencies like color correction functions 1.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE), January 2013, Las Vegas
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-1361-2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE 2013) - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 11 Jan 201314 Jan 2013


Conference2013 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE 2013)
Abbreviated titleICCE 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


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