NFRAD: Near-infrared face recognition at a distance

Hyunju Maeng, Hyun Cheol Choi, Unsang Park, Seong Whan Lee, Anil K. Jain

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Abstract

Face recognition at a distance is gaining wide attention in order to augment the surveillance systems with face recognition capability. However, face recognition at a distance in nighttime has not yet received adequate attention considering the increased security threats at nighttime. We introduce a new face image database, called Near-Infrared Face Recognition at a Distance Database (NFRAD-DB). Images in NFRAD-DB are collected at a distance of up to 60 meters with 50 different subjects using a near-infrared camera, a telescope, and near-infrared illuminator. We provide face recognition performance using FaceVACS, DoG-SIFT, and DoG-MLBP representations. The face recognition test consisted of NIR images of these 50 subjects at 60 meters as probe and visible images at 1 meter with additional mug shot images of 10,000 subjects as gallery. Rank-1 identification accuracy of 28 percent was achieved from the proposed method compared to 18 percent rank-1 accuracy of a state of the art face recognition system, FaceVACS. These recognition results are encouraging given this challenging matching problem due to the illumination pattern and insufficient brightness in NFRAD images.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 International Joint Conference on Biometrics, IJCB 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 International Joint Conference on Biometrics, IJCB 2011 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 2011 Oct 112011 Oct 13

Publication series

Name2011 International Joint Conference on Biometrics, IJCB 2011

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Other2011 International Joint Conference on Biometrics, IJCB 2011
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period11/10/1111/10/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology

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    Maeng, H., Choi, H. C., Park, U., Lee, S. W., & Jain, A. K. (2011). NFRAD: Near-infrared face recognition at a distance. In 2011 International Joint Conference on Biometrics, IJCB 2011 [6117486] (2011 International Joint Conference on Biometrics, IJCB 2011). https://doi.org/10.1109/IJCB.2011.6117486