VIPSL Database

VIPSL Database is for research on face sketch-photo synthesis and recognition. It includes 200 persons from the FERET database, the FRAV2D database, and the Indian Face Database. For each face, there are five sketches drawn by five different artists based on the same photo taken in frontal pose, under normal lighting conditions, and with neutral expression.

Examples of the VIPSL database are shown below:

VIPSL database

The dataset is intended for research purposes only and as such cannot be used commercially. It is collected by the Video & Image Processing System Lab (VIPSL), directed by Prof. Xinbo Gao and Dr. Nannan Wang.

  • The sketches in this database can be download from: VIPSL database sketches, VIPSL database cropped sketches.
  • The file names of the photos used for drawing sketches can be find here: VIPSL database filenames of photos.
  • Any one or group is allowed to use this database free of charge after sign the agreement to accept the terms in it. Please scan agreement and send to with the subject “Release agreement for VIPSL Database”. A notification email will be replied with the access to our database.

    Note: The release agreement must be signed by faculty members or equivalent. Agreements signed by students and temporary researchers are not valid and will be discarded.

    The following references should be cited in all documents and papers that report experimental results based on the VIPSL database:

  • Xinbo Gao, Nannan Wang, Dacheng Tao, and Xuelong Li. Face Sketch-Photo Synthesis and Retrieval Using Sparse Representation. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 22, no. 8, pp. 1213-1226, 2012.
  • Chunlei Peng, Nannan Wang, Xinbo Gao, and Jie Li. Face Recognition from Multiple Stylistic Sketches: Scenarios, Datasets, and Evaluation. European Conference on Computer Vision workshop on Visual Analysis of Sketches, 2016.