The Department of Justice's (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) operates the Next Generation Identification-Interstate Photo System (NGI-IPS)— a face recognition service that allows law enforcement agencies to search a database of over 30 million photos to support criminal investigations.NGI-IPS users include the FBI and selected state and local law enforcement agencies, which can submit search requests to help identify an unknown person using, for example, a photo from a surveillance camera.In 2009, the US National Academy of Sciences recommended research to rectify this, and help courts decide if such evidence should be relied upon.
"Appearance is generally the essential characteristic that connects people at the beginning of a relationship," says Borcea, who is an expert in mobile and cloud computing and ad hoc networks.
"Many of the social matching and dating apps developed in the last decade use text-based profiles, which do not consider the face preferences of the users.
TDR uploads those images into the screening technology, which analyzes their facial features (nose length, eye shape, jawline, etc.) and spits out potential matches from TDR’s pool of more than 30,000 candidates.
Before you scoff at the superficiality of it all, know that TDR takes a lot more into consideration than just looks when matching its members.
Experts trained to match faces in criminal investigations have been put to the test for the first time.