Semiautomated Class Attendance Monitoring Using Smartphone Technology

Louise Cronjé1; Ian Sanders2

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1: Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

2: UNISA, School of Computing, South Africa

Received 1 July 2020; Revised 9 September 2020; Accepted 26 October 2020; Published online 28 December 2020



Class attendance is important. Class attendance recording is often done using ‘roll-call’ or signing attendance registers. These are time consuming, easy to cheat and it is difficult to draw any information from them. There are other, expensive alternatives to automate attendance recording with varying accuracy. This study experimented with a smart phone camera and different combinations of face detection and recognition algorithms to determine if it can be used to record attendance successfully, while keeping the solution cost-effective. The effect of different class sizes was also investigated. The research was done within a pragmatism philosophy, using a prototype in a field experiment. The algorithms that were used, are: Viola-Jones (HAAR features), Deep Neural Network (DNN) and Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG) for detection and Eigenfaces, Fisherfaces and Local Binary Pattern Histogram (LBPH) for recognition. The best combination was Viola-Jones combined with Fisherfaces, with a mean accuracy of 54% for a class of 10 students and 34.5% for a class of 22 students. The best all over performance on a single class photo was 70% (class size 10). As is, this prototype is not accurate enough to use, but with a few adjustments, it may become a cheap, easy-to-implement solution to the attendance recording problem.



Class attendance; Face detection; Face recognition; Smart phone