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IARPA launches research program on biometric presentation attack detection

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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has launched a multi-year research program to develop and evaluate biometric presentation attack detection technologies to ensure the integrity of biometric security systems.

If successful, the Odin program will provide solutions to the intelligence community and its partners to resolve critical flaws in biometric recognition systems.

Biometric presentation attacks, also known as spoofs, aimed at disguising an individual’s true identity, can prevent persons of interest from being correctly identified.

The Odin program seeks to improve presentation attack detection technology to detect known and unknown presentation attacks when presented to a biometric collection system and will focus on safeguarding the biometric modalities of face, finger, and iris recognition.

The program will also evaluate solutions to ensure they continue to provide biometric recognition capabilities at least as well as existing technology.

Within Odin, a component named Thor will develop new algorithms, sensors, and technologies to identify presentation attacks.

John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab and National Institute of Standards and Technology will collaborate to independently test the new systems, enlisting thousands of volunteers to test them out and learn how well they work.

Through a competitive broad agency announcement, IARPA has awarded Odin’s Thor research contracts to teams headed by Crossmatch, Michigan State University, SRI International, and University of Southern California.

Previously reported, a multinational team comprised of Crossmatch, French firm ISORG and the UK-based FlexEnable was selected as a finalist in the Nail-to-Nail Fingerprint Challenge sponsored by the IARPA.

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