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IARPA, NIST Launch Facial Recognition Software Design Challenge

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have introduced a prize competition for facial recognition software developers, MeriTalk reported Wednesday.

IARPA’s Face Recognition Prize Challenge aims to create technologies that will work to  analyze non-cooperative images wherein the subjects are unaware when the pictures are taken.

Interested developers can register for the challenge through June 15.

Participants will have a chance to win $25,000 for one-to-many identification accuracy software, $20,000 for one-to-one verification accuracy software and $5,000 for one-to-many identification speed software.

IARPA expects to attract developers of automated face recognition technologies from academia and industry to the contest.

The agency is scheduled to unveil the winners Oct. 31.

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