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The goal of the FERET program was to develop automatic face recognition capabilities that could be employed to assist security, intelligence, and law enforcement personnel in the performance of their duties. The goal of the sponsored research was to develop face recognition algorithms. The FERET database was collected to support the sponsored research and the FERET evaluations. The FERET evaluations were performed to measure progress in algorithm development and identify future research directions. The FERET program started in September of 1993, with Dr. P. Jonathon Phillips, Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, Maryland, serving as technical agent. Initially, the FERET program consisted of three phases, each one year in length. The goals of the first phase were to establish the viability of automatic face recognition algorithms and to establish a performance baseline against which to measure future progress. The goals of phases 2 and 3 were to further develop face recognition technology. After the successful conclusion of phase 2, the DoD Counterdrug Technology Development Program Office initiated the FERET demonstration effort. The goals of this effort were to port FERET evaluated algorithms to real time experimental/demonstration systems.

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