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Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Volume 2012, Article ID 718915, 12 pages
Research Article

Discriminant Phase Component for Face Recognition

Faculty of Computer Studies, Arab Open University, P.O. Box 3322, Safat 13033, Kuwait

Received 1 September 2011; Revised 14 December 2011; Accepted 14 December 2011

Academic Editor: Somaya Al-Maadeed

Copyright © 2012 Naser Zaeri. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Numerous face recognition techniques have been developed owing to the growing number of real-world applications. Most of current algorithms for face recognition involve considerable amount of computations and hence they cannot be used on devices constrained with limited speed and memory. In this paper, we propose a novel solution for efficient face recognition problem for systems that utilize small memory capacities and demand fast performance. The new technique divides the face images into components and finds the discriminant phases of the Fourier transform of these components automatically using the sequential floating forward search method. A thorough study and comprehensive experiments relating time consumption versus system performance are applied to benchmark face image databases. Finally, the proposed technique is compared with other known methods and evaluated through the recognition rate and the computational time, where we achieve a recognition rate of 98.5% with computational time of 6.4 minutes for a database consisting of 2360 images.