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The Color FERET Database
The DOD Counterdrug Technology Program sponsored the Facial Recognition Technology (FERET) program and development of the FERET database. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is serving as Technical Agent for distribution of the FERET database. The goal of the FERET program is to develop new techniques, technology, and algorithms for the automatic recognition of human faces. As part of the FERET program, a database of facial imagery was collected between December 1993 and August 1996. The database is used to develop, test, and evaluate face recognition algorithms.
To Obtain database:
To request an account that will allow you to download the Color FERET database:
1. Read the Release Agreement
2. Send a plain-text email of the form below:
and we will email back a reply detailing how to use the account.
The processing of email requests is mostly-automated, so do not significantly change the text in the body of the email. Case doesn't matter, but do not use any encoding such as international characters, rich text format (RTF), HTML, etc. Do not send any attachments. Do not append a signature to the email body. Anything beyond the plain-text format above risks the request not being processable, or of it being intercepted by malware, spam or profanity filters.
Email requests are eyeballed to prevent the system from being misused to relay spam. Therefore the reply email will not sent out in real-time, but should instead arrive within one business day, under normal circumstances. It could sometimes take several more business days due to staff workloads or travel.
Accounts will be deleted after a yet-to-be-determined amount of time, so please begin downloading as soon as you're notified that your account has been created.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are example images available so that I can decide if I want to download the entire database?
Is the original (grayscale) FERET database available for download?
Are facial expressions categorized or labelled?
How big is the database?
I don't have the wget program. How do I download the database?
I'm having trouble downloading the database. Can you help me?