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Face Challenges

NIST is pleased to announce new open and sequestered challenge datasets, including detection and recognition of individuals in social media. These challenges are available here. Results will be added as they are submitted to NIST.


Face in Video Evaluation (FIVE)

NIST is pleased to announce the FIVE program dedicated to development of face recognition in video sequences. For further infomation, see the FIVE Homepage.


Point and Shoot Face Recognition Challenge (PaSC)

The goal of the Point and Shoot Face Recognition Face Recognition challenge (PaSC) is to assist the development of face and person recognition algorithms. The challenge focuses on recognition from still images and videos captured with from digital point and shoot cameras.

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Face Recognition Vendor Tests (FRVT)

Face Recognition Vendor Tests (FRVT) provide independent government evaluations of commercially available and prototype face recognition technologies. These evaluations are designed to provide U.S. Government and law enforcement agencies with information to assist them in determining where and how facial recognition technology can best be deployed. In addition, FRVT results help identify future research directions for the face recognition community.

Face and Ocular Challenge Series (FOCS)

The goal of the Face and Ocular Challenge Series (FOCS) is to engage the research community to develop robust face and ocular recognition algorithms along a broad front. Currently the FOCS consists of three tracks: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (GBU); Video; and Ocular. These challenges are based on the results of previous NIST challenge problems and evaluations.

MBE - Multiple Biometrics Evaluation

MBE has three tracks: Portal, Video, and Still Face.


Multiple Biometric Grand Challenge

The primary goal of the Multiple Biometric Grand Challenge (MBGC) is to investigate, test and improve performance of face and iris recognition technology on both still and video imagery through a series of challenge problems and evaluation. The participation period has now ended, however, MBGC data is still available to researchers.


Face Recognition Grand Challenge (FRGC)

The Face Recognition Grand Challenge (FRGC) project was conducted and managed by Dr. P. Jonathon Phillips. The participation period has now ended, however, FRGC data is still available to face recognition researchers. The primary goal of the FRGC was to promote and advance face recognition technology designed to support existing face recognition efforts in the U.S. Government.

Face Recognition Technology (FERET)

The goal of the sponsored research was to develop face recognition algorithms. The FERET database was collected to support the sponsored research and the FERET evaluations. The FERET evaluations were performed to measure progress in algorithm development and identify future research directions.

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