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IMAGE ENHANCEMENT USING FACES

This research suggests a color constancy algorithm using the human sclera and pupil for estimating skin color. The human sclera is approximately white, reflecting the hue characteristics of the illuminant. On the contrary, the pupil is shown as approximately black, independently of the surroundings. Consequently, the sclera and pupil account for the color characteristics of a facial image. Based on this assumption, a new color constancy algorithm was developed, and we examined the performance by comparing the calibrated colors with actual skin colors measured with a spectrophotometer. The algorithm developed in this study provides evidence that the human sclera and pupil successfully serve as the calibration targets to estimate the color of human skin.

Choi, H., Choi, K., & Suk, H. J. (2017). “The human sclera and pupil as the calibration targets.” In Proc. of the IS&T Electronic Imaging, 200 (SCOPUS).

Choi, H., Choi, K., & Suk, H. J. (2017). “Skin-representative region in a face for finding real skin color.” In Proc. of the IS&T Electronic Imaging, 66 (SCOPUS).

Choi, H., Choi, K., & Suk, H. J. (2017). “Performance of the 14 skin-colored patches in accurately estimating human skin color.” In Proc. of the IS&T Electronic Imaging, 62 (SCOPUS).