ISSN : 1796-2048
Volume : 3    Issue : 1    Date : May 2008

Predict Your Child: a System to Suggest the Facial Appearance of Children
Charlie D. Frowd, Vicki Bruce, Helen Y. Chang, Yvonne Plenderleith, Alex H. McIntyre, and Peter J.B. Hancock
Page(s): 28-35
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We have developed a novel software program called ‘Predict Your Child’ that, given photographs of potential
parent faces, generates plausible looking children. The parent photographs are imported into a PCA-based
model of facial appearance to give a set of face parameters that can be mixed together to produce offspring
faces. The program is intended for entertainment and has been used commercially, with customers
emailing photographs of parents to be bred. In this paper, we describe the system, developed from an
evolutionary facial composite system called EvoFIT, outline some of the problems encountered and present
some performance data.

Index Terms
face perception; evolution; breeding; facial composite system