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The Face Detection Homepage

by Dr. Robert Frischholz

This page is focused on the task of detecting faces in arbitrary images.

It is a tribute to Peter Kruizinga 's Face Recognition Homepage

(which unfortunately has disappeared... thanks Peter for all the valuable information over so many years! Click on the above link to still browse the site using the archive of Wayback Machine.)

Here is the successor of the Face Recognition Homepage 

Preface: Face recognition is not so much about face recognition at all - it is much more about face detection! It is my (and many others') strong belief, that the prior step to face recognition, the accurate detection of human faces in arbitrary scenes, is the most important process involved. When faces could be located exactly in any scene, the recognition step afterwards would not be so complicated. That is why this page tries to gather all available information and material about the task of detecting faces!

Feb 20th 2015 - ALL links got updated!

Welcome Researchers around the world!

This site tries to collect all useful information about finding faces. Since much research is going on in this area, the information is grouped into several categories, which are listed on the left side of the page. Please follow those navigation buttons to explore the contents of this site. A short description of the categories:

Software Links to public domain or commercial software (SDK)
Datasets Links to face image databases useful for face finding
Links Links to research sites for face localization
Techniques Explanations and links to common principles of locating faces
Online Demos Web-based face detection demos
Publications Selected publications about facial detection
Misc Some miscellaneous possibly interesting stuff

Please send all material to me via email to
Or add comments to the face detection guest-book at my Face Detection Discussion-Group. Thank you!

According to Web Hits you are face detection researcher number     on this page since February, 15th, 1999!

last change: 24-Feb-15


The Face Detection Homepage. By Robert W. Frischholz