New Army technology can recognize faces in the dark
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.