Face recognition challenge announced by IARPA

WASHINGTON. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) officials announced the launch of the Face Recognition Prize Challenge (FRPC). IARPA is partnering with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the contest, which aims to improve recognition of face images acquired without capture constraints, in other words unconstrained images captured in the “wild.”

“Whether focused on preventing the next random act of violence or catching a child predator, face recognition has become an essential tool for professionals who strive to ensure public safety,” says Dr. Chris Boehnen, program manager. “The state-of-the-art is improving rapidly, due in large part to the availability of unconstrained training data, as well as the careful curation of evaluation data that’s balanced across many real-world scenarios.”

FRPC complements IARPA's Janus program, which launched in 2014, with the goal to improve face recognition performance in massive video collections. FRPC will allow third party academic and industry research groups to showcase their own research advancements through participation in the prize challenge.

IARPA is inviting the broader research community of industry and academia, both domestic and international, to participate in a convenient, efficient, and non-contractual way. The registration period will officially run until June 15, 2017. Participants will submit their algorithms for evaluation to IARPA’s partner, NIST. Winners will be announced in October 2017.

To learn more about the Face Recognition Prize Challenge, including rules, criteria, and eligibility requirements, visit https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/face-recognition-prize-challenge/.

To join the conversation and check for updates, IARPA officials ask that interested parties follow them on Twitter, @IARPAnews using the #iarpaFRPC.

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