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Face Recognition Vendor Test 2002: Evaluation Report



P J. Phillips, Patrick J. Grother, Ross J. Micheals, D M. Blackburn, Elham Tabassi, M Bone


The Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) 2002 is an independently administered technology evaluation of mature face recognition systems. FRVT 2002 provides performance measures for assessing the capability of face recognition systems to meet requirement for large-scale real world applications. Ten commercial firms participated in FRVT 2002. FRVT 2002 computed performance statistics on an extremely large dataset¿121,589 operational facial images of 37,437 individuals. FRVT 2002 1) characterized identification and watch list performance as a function of database size, 2) estimated the variability in performance for different groups of people, 3) characterized performance as a function of elapsed time between enrolled and new images of a person and 4) investigated the effect of demographics on performance. FRVT 2002 shows that recognition from indoor images has made substantial progress since FRVT 2000. Demographic results show that males are easier to recognize than females and that older people are easier to recognize than younger people. FRVT 2002 also assessed the impact of three new techniques for improving face recognition: three-dimensional morphable models, normalization of similarity scores, and face recognition from video sequences. Results show that three-dimensional morphable models and normalization increase performance, and that face recognition from video sequences offers only a limited increase in performance over still images. For FRVT 2002, a new XML-based evaluation protocol was developed. This protocol is flexible and supports evaluations of biometrics in general.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6965
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Biometric evaluation, face recognition identification, verification


Phillips, P. , Grother, P. , Micheals, R. , Blackburn, D. , Tabassi, E. and Bone, M. (2003), Face Recognition Vendor Test 2002: Evaluation Report, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 25, 2024)
Created March 1, 2003, Updated November 10, 2018