Title: Face image database: a test-bed for evaluation and certification of facial recognition systems

Authors: Frank Wu; Qinghan Xiao; Tien D. Vo

Addresses: Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1, Canada ' Defence R&D Canada – Ottawa, 3701 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0Z4, Canada ' Biometric Business Solutions Branch, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0R2, Canada

Abstract: Recently, there has been a growing interest in facial recognition technology because of its great potential usage in tracking and finding persons of interest in public spaces. However, there is no government agency or organisation in Canada with the capability to test or certify facial recognition algorithms, products, or systems. To fill this gap, we carried out a Public Security Technical Program (PSTP) project to create a database that consists of face images commonly used by biometric communities. The objective is to establish a test-bed for government agencies to evaluate the performance of facial recognition algorithms and products. Different test scenarios were studied, and the experimental results illustrated the utility, validity and flexibility of the database.

Keywords: facial recognition; face image database; benchmark testbed; performance evaluation; biometrics; Canada; face images.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBM.2013.055954

International Journal of Biometrics, 2013 Vol.5 No.3/4, pp.211 - 228

Received: 04 Aug 2012
Accepted: 18 Oct 2012

Published online: 22 Aug 2013 *

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