The FERET database is a standard dataset used for facial recognition system evaluation. The Face Recognition Technology (FERET) program is managed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). A database of facial imagery was collected between December 1993 and August 1996. In 2003 DARPA released a high-resolution, 24-bit color version of these images. The dataset tested includes 2,413 still facial images, representing 856 individuals.
The FERET program was set out to establish a large database of facial images that was gathered independently from the algorithm developers. Dr. Harry Wechsler at George Mason University was selected to direct the collection of this database. The database collection was a collaborative effort between Dr. Wechsler and Dr. Phillips.
- P. Jonathon Phillips, Harry Wechsler, Jeffrey Huang, Patrick J. Rauss: The FERET database and evaluation procedure for face-recognition algorithms. Image Vision Comput. 16(5): 295-306 (1998)