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Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) Ongoing


New Report on the Effect of Masks on Face Recognition Accuracy

NIST has published NISTIR 8311 - Ongoing FRVT Part 6A: Face recognition accuracy with face masks using pre-COVID-19 algorithms, the first out of a series of reports aimed at quantifying face recognition accuracy for people wearing masks. The initial approach was to apply masks to faces digitally (i.e., using software to apply a synthetic mask), which allowed us to leverage large datasets that we already have. The report documents results for 89 one-to-one verification algorithms that were already submitted to FRVT 1:1 prior to mid-March 2020. This report is intended to support end-users to understand how a pre-pandemic algorithm might be affected by the arrival of substantial number of subjects wearing face masks. The next report will document accuracy values for more recent algorithms, some developed with capabilities for recognition of masked faces.  For more information, visit the FRVT Face Mask Effects webpage.

New FRVT Demographic Effects Report

A new FRVT report released as NISTIR 8280 - FRVT Part 3: Demographic Effects on December 19th, 2019, describes and quantifies demographic differentials for contemporary face recognition algorithms. NIST has conducted tests to quantify demographic differences for nearly 200 face recognition algorithms from nearly 100 developers, using four collections of photographs with more than 18 million images of more than 8 million people. Using both one-to-one verification and one-to-many identification algorithms submitted to NIST, the report found empirical evidence for the existence of a wide range of accuracy across demographic differences in the majority of the current face recognition algorithms that were evaluated.

FRVT 1:1

Latest Report [2020-09-18]
APIParticipation Agreement
Status: Open
Next Report: October 2020

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Latest Report [2020-03-24]
API | Participation Agreement
Status: Open
Next Report: TBD

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Latest Report [2020-07-24]
API | Participation Agreement
Status: Open
Next Report: TBD

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FRVT Quality

Draft Report [2020-07-24]
API | Concept Document
Participation Agreement
Status: Open

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Ongoing responses to a number of questions regarding the our FRVT evaluations are addressed in our FAQs document.

Number and Schedule of Submissions: FRVT is an ongoing activity and runs continuously.  For the FRVT 1:1, 1:N, and Quality tracks, participants may send one submission as often as every four calendar months from the last submission for evaluation.  For FRVT MORPH, the number and schedule of submissions is currently not regulated, so participants can send submissions at any time.  NIST reserves the right to amend submission volume and frequency limits at any time.

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Created December 14, 2016, Updated September 18, 2020