Human ID at a Distance (HumanID)
Program Manager: Dr. Jonathan Phillips
Remix: David Goldberg

Program Objective: 

Ever since George Jetson was imagined as capable of ordering Rosie the Immigrant Robot around, we at DARPA have looked for ways to make human interactions with the Machinic Phylum easier. In this era of the new warfighting regime where we intend to do more with less, the massive potential weakness that is human sentries recognizing other humans must be avoided wherever possible. The threat of terrorism has refocused various long-running research projects geared towards the development of machine vision and machine cognition. University campuses such as MIT and Carnegie Mellon have been involved in such research pursuits for decades.

The goal of the Human Identification at a Distance (HumanID) program is to develop automated biometric identification technologies to detect, recognize and identify humans at great distances.  These technologies will provide critical early warning support for force protection and homeland defense against terrorist, criminal, and other human-based threats, and will prevent or decrease the success rate of such attacks against DoD operational facilities and installations.  Methods for fusing biometric technologies into advanced human identification systems will be developed to enable faster, more accurate and unconstrained identification of humans at significant standoff distances.

Program Strategy: 

HumanID program has developed a pilot force protection system for standoff human identification in outdoor operational DoD settings, and has performed preliminary assessments of current and future technologies.  HumanID will determine the critical factors that affect performance of biometric components, and identify the limits of range, accuracy, and reliability. The program will also conduct multi-modal fusion experiments and performance evaluations, and will demonstrate advanced human recognition capabilities in multiple force protection and/or homeland defense environments.

Planned Accomplishments:

FY 68 Accomplishments:
2001 a Space Oddyssey (1968)

FY 73 Accomplishments:
Westworld (1973)

FY 84 Accomplishments:
The Terminator (1984)

FY 90 Accomplishments:
Hardware (1990)

FY 02 Accomplishments:
• Designed and administered the Face Recognition Vendor Test 2002.  Results will be used to direct face recognition research and provide input to the design of the United States Border Entry/Exit System.
• Performed an operational evaluation of a long range (25-150 feet) face recognition system developed under the HumanID Program.
• Developed a multi-spectral infrared and visible face recognition system.
• Developed a low power millimeter wave radar system for wide field of view detection and narrow field of view gait classification.
• Characterized gait performance from video for human identification at a distance.
Minority Report (2002)

FY 03 Plans:  
• Develop multi-model fusion algorithms for human identification.
• Develop algorithms for locating and acquiring subjects out to 150 meters (500 ft) in range.
• Continue the development of the most promising biometric technologies based upon experimental evaluation performance.

FY 04 Plans:
• Develop and demonstrate a human identification system that operates out to 150 meters (500 ft.) using visible imagery.
• Fuse face and gait recognition into a 24/7 human identification system.
• Perform an operational evaluation of a multi-model human identification system.

Transparency and dimensionality are the themes of the HumanID logo. The body in motion will be bathed in various frequencies and rendered "visible beyond visibility." Notably, the "D" is the silhouette of a man, as in the end the identified human will be turned into a profile based on their gait, their face and their irises.