IARPA Announces the “FOFRA” Prize Challenge to Improve Face Recognition

IARPA Announces the “FOFRA” Prize Challenge to Improve Face Recognition

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:45



ODNI News Release No. 20-18
June 13, 2018


IARPA Announces the “FOFRA” Prize Challenge to Improve Face Recognition


WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announces today the Fusion of Face Recognition Algorithms—“FOFRA”—prize challenge, in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The challenge aims to improve recognition of face images through fusing the outputs of multiple algorithms applied to the same input imagery.

“Face recognition has made significant advances in recent years and the fusion of more than one algorithm has shown to improve its accuracy. IARPA is in a unique position to provide data for researchers to develop fusion methods that should further improve performance,” says IARPA program manager Chris Boehnen. “These fusion schemes could allow users to leverage multiple algorithms without overhauling or re-designing the core technologies.”


IARPA is conducting this challenge to invite 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 August 6, 2018. Participants will submit their fusion algorithms for evaluation to IARPA’s partner, NIST. Solvers who are eligible to win a prize and with the most accurate and complete solutions will be eligible to win cash prizes from a total prize purse of $70,000. Winners will be announced in October 2018.


To learn more about the FOFRA prize challenge, including rules, criteria, and eligibility requirements, visit https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/fusion-of-face-recognition-algorithms. For updates, follow @IARPAnews on Twitter and join the conversation using #iarpaFOFRA. For any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
IARPA invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs to tackle some of the most difficult challenges of the agencies and disciplines in the Intelligence Community. Additional information on IARPA and its research may be found on www.iarpa.gov.


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