The 2017-05-15 FRVT report includes results for fifteen algorithms applied to four datasets. The report will be updated on a weekly basis as algorithms and computations complete, as datasets are added, and as new analyses are developed.
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Developers may submit their algorithms at any time by following instructions below. Results will be posted as soon as algorithms successfully complete the tests.
NIST is starting a new evaluation of face recognition technologies starting in February 2017. Unlike our previous evaluations, this activity will be conducted on an ongoing basis: The evaluation will remain open indefinitely such that developers may submit their algorithms to NIST whenever they are ready, but no more frequently than three calendar months. The algorithms will be evaluated rapidly on a first-come-first-served basis, following our MINEX III evaluation of fingerprint recognition implementations. Performance results will be posted to the NIST website as soon as they are ready. This approach more closely aligns evaluation with development schedules; this improves over the two to four year interval between past FRVT tests.
The FRVT is aimed at measurement of the performance of automated face recognition technologies applied to a wide range of civil, law enforcement and homeland security applications including verification of visa images, de-duplication of passports, recognition across photojournalism images, and identification of child exploitation victims. In all cases the input image will contain one face only. Our performance reports will include measurements of accuracy, speed, storage and memory consumption, and resilience. NIST will report the dependence of performance on the properties of the images and the subjects. In its initial form, FRVT has one assessment track, for face verification.
1:1 Verification Track
- FRVT Report [last update: 2017-05-15]
- API Document [last update: 2017-05-22]
The final version of the 1:1 Verification API document is now available. Developers must ensure that their submission conforms to the document's specifications.
- Encryption Instructions [last update: 2017-02-10]
All submissions must be properly encrypted and signed before transmission to NIST. This must be done according to these instructions using the FRVT Ongoing public key linked from this page.
Participation Agreement [last update: 2017-02-10]
FRVT is conducted by NIST, an agency of the United States Government. Participation is free of charge. FRVT is open to a global audience of face recognition developers. All organizations who seek to participate in FRVT must sign and submit all pages of this Participation Agreement.
FAQs [last update: 2017-01-30]
Ongoing responses to a number of questions regarding the evaluation are addressed in our FAQs document.
Validation [last update: 2017-02-15]
The validation package is now available here. All participants must run their software through the provided validation package prior to submission. The purpose of validation is to ensure consistent algorithm output between your execution and NIST's execution.
Important Dates [last update: 2017-02-08]
Start: NIST begins accepting submissions on 2017-02-17.
End: FRVT runs in perpetuity with no planned end date.
After the verification evaluation has stabilized, NIST will introduce evaluations of open-set one-to-many identification accuracy [NISTIR 8009], face detection accuracy [Cheney et. al.], and also age [NISTIR 7995] and sex estimation [NISTIR 8052]. Additionally, we may add other evaluations. For example, because head pose is perhaps the most influential driver of recognition failure, we expect to include a pose estimation track. In each case, additional datasets may be added, to improve robustness and to address specific goals.