Screening faces

CA-based IRIS International’ s Advanced Digital Imaging Research (ADIR) subsidiary has been awarded a $2 million grant from the US government for the development of a 3D face recognition system.

CA-based IRIS International’ s Advanced Digital Imaging Research (ADIR) subsidiary has been awarded a $2 million grant from the US government for the development of a 3D face recognition system.

The Advanced Technology Program grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) calls for the development and testing of an experimental automated personal identification system for airports, ports of entry, defence installations, laboratories, corporations and other sites where security requires screening of individuals.

The first stage of the project will be to develop and test, within one year, a real-time, three-dimensional face recognition prototype for use at commercial security checkpoints where employee identity records are already on file. The second phase would involve developing a broader, more far-reaching system that could tap into law enforcement databases, and be used for applications such as passenger check-in at airports.

ADIR’s mission is to combine the advantages of both 3D and 2D imaging for facial recognition. The technical challenges involve the selection and/or development of the system components (image acquisition hardware, 2D and 3D databases, and face recognition software) and the integration of these elements with a convenient, easy-to-use graphical interface.

The system must be able to achieve high accuracy in real time, and do so with low false alarm rates.

The grant provides for a three-year study to be carried out in collaboration with Dr. Ioannis Kakadiaris of the University of Houston, who will join forces with ADIR in the development of face recognition algorithms.