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Image Group


We focus on developing standards, measurement methods, and best practice guidelines for biometric technologies. Our work promotes accuracy and interoperability by working closely with other government agencies, law enforcement, industry, and academia to support needs in the biometrics community. Group members serve on various standards committees in INCITS/M1, ISO/SC37, and we are the ANSI SDO for the ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011:Update 2015 biometric interchange standard used by law enforcement worldwide. Our primary modalities of focus in biometrics technology are fingerprint, face, iris, and tattoo. Activities in these areas of focus include technology evaluations and challenges, image quality metrics, forensics, and standards. Additional information can be found at:







New Projects

JPEG 2000 Conformance Testing Information Page

Tattoo Recognition Technology – Evaluation (Tatt-E)

Children Exploitation Image Analytics (Chexia-Face) 2016

Text Recognition Algorithm Independent Evaluation (TRAIT)

Tattoo Recognition Technology - Challenge (Tatt-C)

Face In Video Evaluation (FIVE)


International Biometric Performance Testing Conference (IBPC) 2016

Archived Workshops/Conference/Talks Homepage

In the News

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

Latest Publications Links

K. Mangold (editor), "ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011:Update 2015 NIST Special Publication 500-290e3 Data Format for the Interchange of Fingerprint, Facial & Other Biometric Information"

M. Ngan, G.W. Quinn, P. Grother, "Tattoo Recognition Technology - Best Practices (Tatt-BP) Guidelines for Tattoo Image Collection NIST Internal/Interagency Report 8109" (NISTIR 8109)

B. Wing, "Mobile ID Devices Best Practices Versions 2 NIST 500-280 V2" (NIST 500-280 V2)

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

Phillips, P. J., Givens, G.H., Beveridge, J.R., "It's About the Face Impostor Distribution NIST Internal/Interagency Report 8051", (NISTIR 8051)

Ngan, M., Grother, P., "Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) Performance of Automated Gender Classification Alorithms NIST Internal/Interagency Report 8052" (NISTIR 8052)

Orandi, S., Libert, J., Garris, M., Grantham, J., Byers, F., "JPEG 2000 CODEC Certification Guidance for 1000 ppi Fingerprint Friction Ridge Imagery" NIST Special Publication 500-300

Ngan, M., Quinn, G.W., Grother, P., "Tattoo Recognition Technology - Challenge (Tatt-C) Outcomes and Recommendations NIST Internal/Interagency Report 8078", (NISTIR 8078)

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


General Information:
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301-975-5287 Facsimile

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