Carnegie Mellon University is using Flintbox to license and distribute its Multi-PIE and Face-in-Action datasets, which are used in the development of face recognition software. Carnegie Mellon is licensing these research tools to face recognition researchers globally at nominal, cost-recovery rates.
The Carnegie Mellon Multi-PIE Face Database, created by researchers at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, is a collection of more than 750,000 images of 337 people recorded in up to four sessions over the span of five months. Multi-PIE was supported by the U.S. Government's Technology Support Working Group (TSWG) and by Sandia National Laboratories. Multi-PIE has been available to researchers through Flintbox since October 2009, and is one of the most frequently licensed technologies on Flintbox, with licensees from 20 countries.
Building on the success in using Flintbox for distribution of Multi-PIE, Carnegie Mellon has recently made another database of facial images available through Flintbox. The Carnegie Mellon Face-In-Action Database was developed by researchers in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department with funding from the Department of Defense. It is comprised of 20-second videos of face data from 180 participants and was made available through Flintbox in November 2010.
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