Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center (AIRCC)

Volume 11, Number 18, November 2021

An Analysis of Face Recognition under Face Mask Occlusions


Susith Hemathilaka1 and Achala Aponso2, 1University of Westminster, United Kingdom, 2Informatics Institute of Technology, Sri Lanka


The face mask is an essential sanitaryware in daily lives growing during the pandemic period and is a big threat to current face recognition systems. The masks destroy a lot of details in a large area of face and it makes it difficult to recognize them even for humans. The evaluation report shows the difficulty well when recognizing masked faces. Rapid development and breakthrough of deep learning in the recent past have witnessed most promising results from face recognition algorithms. But they fail to perform far from satisfactory levels in the unconstrained environment during the challenges such as varying lighting conditions, low resolution, facial expressions, pose variation and occlusions. Facial occlusions are considered one of the most intractable problems. Especially when the occlusion occupies a large region of the face because it destroys lots of official features.


CNN, Deep Learning, Face Recognition, Multi-Branch ConvNets.