One of the biggest challenges facing the advancement of forensic science and biometric technology is the development of large data sets available for use by researchers. The lack of sufficient research data is a major limitation to research, the development of new technology, and informed policy decisions in forensic science and biometrics. The symposium will discuss needs and adequacy of existing publicly-available datasets, as input for developing a multi-agency roadmap for collection and dissemination of datasets in the future. The domains addressed will include both biometric and forensic aspects of finger/palmprints, iris, face, person at a distance, voice, and handwriting.
NIST has been actively involved in the testing and evaluation of biometric and forensic technologies starting with fingerprints in the 1960s. This involvement has expanded over the decades to include efforts in various modalities such as fingerprints, palmprints, face, iris, voice, and handwriting, including the development of a comprehensive biometric data transmission standard. NIST also provides the research community with standard reference datasets for use in the development and evaluation of automated systems as well as to foster a greater understanding features of interest related to these modalities.
The National Institute of Justice has sponsored NIST to:
Mark Greene, NIJ, The Role of Research Datasets in Improving Biometric and Forensic Technology Austin Hicklin, Noblis, Issues in the Collection and Use of Biometric and Forensic Datasets
Brad Wing, NIST, More about Biometric Datasets
PRIVACY AND LEGAL ISSUES IN THE COLLECTION, DISTRIBUTION, AND USE OF BIOMETRIC AND FORENSIC DATASETS
STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE IN BIOMETRIC AND FORENSIC DATASETS