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The Image Group researches measurement and evaluation methods and develops standards to advance the use of image-based biometric technologies; current modalities include fingerprint, face, and iris. The Group works to promote accuracy and interoperability by working closely with industry, academia, and the group has a 40-year legacy of supporting the FBI and other government agencies. Members of the group serve on various standards committees in INCITS/M1, ISO/SC37, and we are the ANSI SDO for the ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2007 biometric data interchange standard used by law enforcement worldwide. The Group works to support the needs for Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-12 and the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card for federal employees and contractors; and we work closely with our federal partners on the White House National Science & Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Biometrics and Identity Management.

The Group’s activities fall under five project areas (Biometrics Standards; Fingerprint Testing; Face, Iris, & Multimodal Testing; Biometric Standards and Next Generation Test Bed.) These activities are coordinated in support of ITL Programs and IAD Programs/Projects as listed below. Additional information is found at:



New Projects

Text Recognition Algorithm Independent Evaluation (TRAIT)

Tattoo Recognition Technology - Challenge (Tatt-C)

Face In Video Evaluation (FIVE)


Archived Workshops/Conference/Talks Homepage  

In the News

New NIST Biometric Data Standard Adds DNA, Footmarks and Enhanced Fingerprint Descriptions 

Latest Publications Links

C. Watson, G. Fiumara, E. Tabassi, S.L. Cheng, P. Flanagan, w. Salamon, "Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation NIST Internal/Interagency Report 8034", (NISTIR 8034)

P. Grother and M. Ngan, "Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) Performance of Face Identification Algorithms NIST Interagency Report 8009", (NIST 8009)

Y. Lee, P.J. Phillips, J.J. Filliben, J.R. Beveridge, and H. Zhang, "Identifying Face Quality and Factor Measures for Video NIST Interagency Report 8004", (NIST 8004)

M. Ngan and P. Grother, "Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT)Performance of Automated Age Estimation Algorithms NIST Interagency Report 7995" (NISTIR 7995)

V.N. Dvornychenko, G.W. Quinn, "Exploring the Methodology and Utility of Standardized Latent Fingerprint Matcher Scoring, NIST Interagency Report 7992" (NISTIR 7992).  

E. Tabassi, M. A. Olsen, A. Makarov, C. Busch, "Towards NFIQ II Lite Self-Organizing Maps for Fingerprint Image Quality Assessment, NIST Interagency Report 7973", (NISTIR 7973).

S.Orandi, J. Libert, J. Grantham, K. Ko, S. Wood, F. Byers, B. Bandini, S. Harvey, M. Garris, "NIST Special Publication 500-289, Compression Guidance for 1000 ppi Friction
Ridge Imagery
", (NIST Special Publication 500-289)

G.W. Quinn, P. Grother, M. Ngan, " IREX IV: Part 2, Compression Profiles for Iris Image Compression, NIST
Interagency/Internal Report 7978
", (NISTIR 7978)

Image Group Archived Publications   

Important Links

Biometrics Evaluations
ITL Biometrics Overview
Image Group Staff


Standard Reference Databases

Legacy Projects

PATRIOT Act Research
OCR Homepage
Legacy Projects Homepage



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301-975-5287 Facsimile

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