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Fast Face Detection


This project was done as a requirement for the Computer Vision class EE148 of Spring 2006. The project was mainly to provide an open source Matlab implementation of a realtime face detection system developed by François Fleuret. It was implemented in Matlab with over 2000 lines of code.


  • Matlab [700KB]: Matlab source files without training set, including two trained classifiers.
  • Matlab [27MB]: Matlab source files including ORL faces training set and two trained classifiers.


  • François Fleuret and Donald Geman, Fast Face Detection with Precise Pose Estimation.
    IEEE International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), 2002, 1, 235-238. [pdf]
  • François Fleuret and Donald Geman, Coarse-to-fine Face Detection.
    International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV), 2001, 41, 85-107 [pdf]


Jonathan Lee helped in parts of the testing code for the project.