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Facial Identification Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Facial Identification Subcommittee
Members of the OSAC Facial Identification Subcommittee (July 2019)

The Facial Identification Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the image-based comparisons of human facial features. 

Officers | Members | OSAC Registry Approved DocumentsDocuments in ProcessResearch & Development Needs | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Presentations

Officers

Lora Sims, Ideal Innovations, Inc., Subcommittee Chair,

Angela Yankowski, Michigan State Police, Biometrics and Identification Division, Subcommittee Vice Chair

Jane Wankmiller, Northern Michigan University, Subcommittee Executive Secretary

Members

Justin Cook, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mark Dolfi, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Kaitlyn French, ODNI/NCTC

Leslie Kelly, Department of Defense

Steven B. Lee, San Jose State University

Ping Ma, University of Georgia

Allison Miller, Biometrics Operations Division (BOD)

Paul Moody, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

Emily Mullins, USG

Denell Payne, Riverside County Sheriff - CAL-ID

Todd Putorti, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Division of Field Investigation

Kirt Simmons, D.D.S./Ph.D., Arkansas Children's Hospital

Debra Tennant, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services

Antonio Trindade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol

Angela Yankowski, Michigan State Police, Biometrics and Identification Division

OSAC Registry Approved Documents 

OSAC Registry Ribbon

ASTM E3115-17 Standard Guide for Capturing Facial Images for Use with Facial Recognition Systems (effective October 1, 2019).

ASTM E3148-18 Standard Guide for Postmortem Facial Image Capture (effective October 1, 2019).

ASTM E3149-18 Standard Guide for Facial Image Comparison Feature List for Morphological Analysis (effective February 14, 2019).

 

Documents in Process

Under Development:

  • Physical Stability of Facial Features of Adults.
  • Guide for Investigative Lead Report and Note Taking.
  • Guide for Forensic Face Comparison Report and Note Taking.
  • Guide for Facial Comparison Awareness Training of Assessors.
  • Guide for Facial Comparison Training of Reviewers.
  • Guide for Facial Comparison Training of Examiners.
  • Guidelines for Image Processing of Facial Images.
  • Impact of Printing Effects on Facial Image Comparison.
  • Guideline on the Effects of a Printed Image for Facial Image Comparison.
  • Image Factors to Consider in Facial Assessment.
  • Overview of Facial Comparison Methods.
  • Scanning of Facial Images.
  • Conclusion Scale.

Work Product Sent to SDO (ASTM): 

  • ASTM WK69795 Guide for Role Based Training in Facial Comparison. 

SDO Published:

  • ASTM E3115-17 Standard Guide for Capturing Facial Images for Use with Facial Recognition Systems.
  • ASTM E3148-18 Standard Guide for Postmortem Facial Image Capture.
  • ASTM E3149-18 Facial Image Comparison Feature List for Morphological Analysis.

Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process:

  • None currently.

Research & Development Needs

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has provided the opportunity for OSAC Subcommittees to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines. 

These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.

It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST.  Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registries constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.

FISWG:

FISWG FAQs

FISWG Documents

Capture and Equipment Assessment for FR Systems

Facial Recognition Systems Guidelines

Facial Recognition System Methods and Techniques

Facial Recognition Systems DMV Use Case

Facial Image Comparison Feature List for Morphological Analysis

Facial Recognition Systems Metadata Usage

Facial Recognition Systems Bulk Data Transfer

Guidelines for Facial Comparison Methods

Image Processing to Improve Automated Facial Recognition Search Performance

Physical Stability of Facial Components

Recommendations for a Training Program in Facial Comparison

Standard for Facial Identification and Facial Recognition Proficiency Testing Programs

Understanding and Testing for Face Recognition Systems Operation Assurance

SWGDE:
https://www.swgde.org/documents

Best Practices for Photographic Comparisons for All Disciplines

Image Processing Guidelines

SWGIT:
https://www.swgit.org/documents

Best Practices for Forensic Image Analysis

Best Practices for Documenting Image Enhancement

Issues Relating to Digital Image Compression and File Formats

ISO:

ISO/IEC 19794-1:2011 Information Technology – Biometric Data Interchange Formats – Part 1: Framework

ISO/IEC 19794-5:2011 Information Technology – Biometric Data Interchange Formats – Part 5: Face Image Data

ISO/IEC TR 29794-5:2010 Information Technology – Biometric Sample Quality – Part 5: Face Image Data

ANSI/NIST:

FACE Challenges

Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) 2013

ITL Standard

NIST Face Recognition Evaluations & Challenges

OTHER:

Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST-United Kingdom)

Electronic Biometric Transmission Specification (EBTS)

ENFSI Facial Image Comparison Survey Results (European Network of Forensic Science Institutes)

Standard Terminology for Digital and Multimedia Evidence Examination

2013 Australia and New Zealand Guidelines for Digital Imaging Processes

Presentations


In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.

– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015

Created October 16, 2014, Updated December 10, 2019