Facial Recognition Technology

Face recognition technologies can identify suspects and improve security and officer safety. These systems use multidimensional imaging techniques to create facial images. Recent breakthroughs in high-resolution imagery show the most potential for improving the accuracy of two-dimensional and three-dimensional facial recognition systems.

NIJ has funded the development and evaluation of still- and video-image approaches for facial recognition that will allow law enforcement and corrections officers and court officials to correctly identify cooperative or noncooperative individuals and to secure the identity of those individuals in the justice system.

Research and Development Projects

Facial Recognition Research and Development Projects, 2005-10
Project Title Awardee Biometric Modalities Amount Award Number
Image Stabilized Binoculars With Integrated 3-D Facial Recognition Imaging Capabilities StereoVision Imaging, Inc. Face $409,226 2010-IJ-CX-K001
West Virginia University Identification Technology Research and Transition Center (CITeR-TRAC) West Virginia University Research Corporation Various $1,000,000 2010-DD-BX-K037
3-D Hand-Held Surveillance and Real Time Multimodal Recognition Device StereoVision Imaging, Inc. Face $483,433 2009-IJ-CX-K001
West Virginia University Identification Technology Research and Transition Center West Virginia University Research Corporation Various $1,000,000 2009-D1-BX-K105
Face Annotation at the Macro-Scale and the Micro-Scale: Tools, Techniques and Applications in Forensic Identification University of Notre Dame Face $760,256 2009-DN-BX-K231
Multimodal Biometric Fusion With Predictive Quality Metrics General Electric Company Multimodal Fusion $499,893 2007-MU-CX-K001
Site-Adaptive Face Recognition at a Distance General Electric Company Face $496,341 2007-DE-BX-K191
Algorithmic Fusion of Face and Iris Identix Incorporated, an L-1 Identity Solutions company Face, Iris, Multimodal Fusion $292,025 2007-DE-BX-K006
Active 3-D Face Capture General Electric Company Face $499,699 2006-IJ-CX-K045
Face Recognition From Video University of Notre Dame Face $362,476 2006-IJ-CX-K041
Facial and Iris-Based Biometric System New Jersey Institute of Technology Face, Iris, Multimodal Fusion $191,281 2006-IJ-CX-K033
Recognition of Noncooperative Individuals Using 3-D Face Biometric University of Southern California Face $498,000 2006-DE-BX-K006
Use of HDTV for In-Vehicle Cameras: Surveillance and Biometrics Purdue University Face $201,852 2006-IJ-CX-K125
Center for Advanced Biometric Research and Evaluation University of Notre Dame Face, Multimodal Fusion $246,661 2005-DD-CX-K078
Efficient, Field-Optimized, Multimodal Biometric System International Biometric Group Multimodal Fusion $431,556 2005-IJ-CX-K059
Facenorm: Normalization Plug-In for Improved Face Recognition of Noncooperative Individuals Carnegie Mellon University Face $496,737 2005-IJ-CX-K057
High-Quality 3-D Facial Images From Surveillance Video General Electric Company Face $499,962 2005-IJ-CX-K060
Sensors, Surveillance and Biometrics Center of Excellence Mantech Advanced Systems International, Inc. Various $2,000,000 2010-IJ-CX-K024
Date Modified: September 15, 2011