The Japanese Female Facial Expression (JAFFE) Database

The database contains 213 images of 7 facial expressions (6 basic facial expressions + 1 neutral) posed by 10 Japanese female models. Each image has been rated on 6 emotion adjectives by 60 Japanese subjects. The database was planned and assembled by Michael Lyons, Miyuki Kamachi, and Jiro Gyoba. We thank Reiko Kubota for her help as a research assistant. The photos were taken at the Psychology Department in Kyushu University.

Publications with information about the JAFFE database

Coding Facial Expressions with Gabor Wavelets
Michael J. Lyons, Shigeru Akamatsu, Miyuki Kamachi & Jiro Gyoba
Proceedings, Third IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition,
April 14-16 1998, Nara Japan, IEEE Computer Society, pp. 200-205. (478K PDF)

Automatic Classification of Single Facial Images
Michael J. Lyons, Julien Budynek, & Shigeru Akamatsu
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence 21 (12): 1357-1362 (1999). (1.7M PDF)

Evidence and a computational explanation of cultural differences in facial expression recognition.
Matthew N Dailey, Carrie Joyce, Michael J Lyons, Miyuki Kamachi, Hanae Ishi, Jiro Gyoba, & Garrison W Cottrell
Emotion, Vol 10(6), Dec 2010, 874-893. (717k PDF)

How to obtain access to the images:

The JAFFE database is available free of charge for use in non-commerical research.
Information about how to download the images is available here.

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