A novel illumination normalisation (IN) method using a convolutional neural network (CNN) is proposed. The proposed network is composed of the local pattern extraction (LPE) and illumination elimination (IE) layers. The LPE layers model the relationships between the pixels in each local region in order to handle various types of local shadow and shading in the face image. Based on the commonly used assumption about the illumination field, the IE layers generate illuminationinsensitive ratio images by calculating the ratio between the output pairs produced from the LPE layers. The final feature map obtained by combining the ratio images can possess an improved discriminative ability for face recognition (FR). For training the proposed network, the results produced by the Weber fraction-based IN methods as ground truths are utilised. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed network performs better in terms of FR accuracy compared with the conventional non-CNN-based method and it can be combined with any CNN-based face classifier.
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- Electrical and Electronic Engineering