In the past decade, the field of facial expression recognition has attracted the attention of scientists who play an important role in enhancing interaction between human and computers. The issue of facial expression recognition is not a simple matter of machine learning, because expression of the individual differs from one person to another based on the various contexts, backgrounds and lighting. The goal of the current system was to achieve the highest rate for two facial expressions ("happy" and "sad") The objective of the current work was to attain the highest rate in classification with computer vision algorithms for two facial expressions ("happy" and "sad"). This was accomplished through several phases started from image pre-processing to the Gabor filter extraction, which was then used for the extraction of important characteristics with mutual information. The expression was finally recognized by a support vector classifier. Cohn-Kanade database and JAFFE data base have been trained and checked. The rates achieved by the qualified data package were 81.09% and 92.85% respectively.
Keywords: Facial Expressions, Mutual Information, Support Vector Classifier, Emotion Recognition.