The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of wearing face masks as a preventive measure to reduce the spread of the virus. In medical settings, such as hospitals and clinics, healthcare professionals and patients are required to wear surgical masks for infection control. However, the use of masks can hinder facial recognition technology, which is commonly used for identity verification and security purposes. In this paper, we propose a convolutional neural network (CNN) based approach to detect faces covered by surgical masks in medical settings. We evaluated the proposed CNN model on a test set comprising of masked and unmasked faces. The results showed that our model achieved an accuracy of over 96% in detecting masked faces. Furthermore, our model demonstrated robustness to different mask types and fit variations commonly encountered in medical settings. Our approaches reaches state of the art results in terms of accuracy and generalization.
2022, CEUR workshop proceedings, Pages 36-41 (volume: 3398)
An Automatic CNN-based Face Mask Detection Algorithm Tested During the COVID-19 Pandemics (04b Atto di convegno in volume)
De Magistris G., Iacobelli E., Brociek R., Napoli C.
Gruppo di ricerca: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics