Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Computer Engineering and Sciences

First Advisor

Eraldo Ribeiro

Second Advisor

Munevver Mine Subasi

Third Advisor

Debasis Mitra

Fourth Advisor

Marius Silaghi


Head-pose estimation from facial images is an important research topic in computer-vision. It has many applications in detecting the focus of attention, monitoring driver behavior, and human-computer interaction. As with other computer-vision topics, recent research on head-pose estimation has been focused on using deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs). Although deeper networks improve prediction accuracy, they suffer from dependency on expensive hardware such as GPUs to perform real-time inference. As a result, CNN model compression becomes an important concept. In this work, we propose a novel CNN compression method by combing weight pruning and knowledge distillation. Additionally, we improve the state-of-the-art headpose estimation model with image-augmentation and transfer-learning. We apply our compression method to a baseline head-pose estimation model and validate the performance of the compression by creating validation scenarios. Additionally, we test our compression method on different CNN architectures and classification tasks to show the effectiveness of our compression method.


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