New Army tech­nol­ogy can rec­og­nize faces in the dark

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Dou­glas Ernst

The U.S. Army now can run ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence pro­grams that al­low fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy to work in the dark.

Ther­mal imag­ing cou­pled with AI tech­nol­ogy in the hands of mil­i­tary re­searchers has re­sulted in a break­through rem­i­nis­cent of the 1987’s ac­tion film “Preda­tor.”

Ben­jamin S. Rig­gan, Nathaniel J. Short and Shuowen “Sean” Hu of U.S. Army Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory de­vel­oped al­go­rithms that can dis­cern a man’s iden­tity us­ing heat sig­na­tures.

“This tech­nol­ogy en­ables match­ing be­tween ther­mal face images and ex­ist­ing bio­met­ric face data­bases/watch lists that only con­tain vis­i­ble face im­agery,” Mr. Rig­gan, a re­search sci­en­tist, told ARL Pub­lic Af­fairs on Mon­day. “The tech­nol­ogy pro­vides a way for hu­mans to visu­ally com­pare vis­i­ble and ther­mal fa­cial im­agery through ther­mal-to-vis­i­ble face syn­the­sis.” De­tails of the tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment were pre­sented to re­searchers in March at the IEEE Win­ter Con­fer­ence on Ap­pli­ca­tions of Com­puter Vi­sion at Lake Ta­hoe, Ne­vada.

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