The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
(IARPA) is seeking proposals for innovative research and technology
demonstrations for Biometrics Exploitation Science and Technology (BEST)
to significantly advance the state of the science and enable
revolutionary advances in algorithms, devices, and/or systems for
non-contact biometrics.

A Proposer's Day will be held on 15 January 2009, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at
the MITRE 1 Auditorium (7525 Colshire Drive, McLean, VA) to present the
upcoming Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). A final BAA will follow
Proposer's Day. Pre-registration for Proposer's Day is required via the
website at Attendees are limited to
a maximum of two representatives per company, organization or

The BEST program consists of two main thrusts: (1) Exploitation and
Analysis and (2) Robust Acquisition.

The Exploitation and Analysis research thrust is composed of three
tracks which bound the biometric signatures of interest for this
solicitation: 1) face recognition, 2) ocular recognition (i.e. iris
recognition with proximal skin texture), and 3) speaker recognition. The
thrust seeks to investigate techniques to derive and exploit biometric
signatures from data collected under relaxed acquisition constraints
while maintaining recognition performance similar to data acquired under
controlled conditions. Given that data may originate from a variety of
sources, techniques must operate without prior knowledge regarding
characteristics of the sensor used during the acquisition.

The Robust Acquisition research thrust seeks to relax the constraints to
enable the collection of high fidelity (1) 3D face (shape and texture)
and (2) coupled face and ocular biometric features at standoff distance
under uncontrolled acquisition conditions to enable the broader
application of the technology. Representative acquisition constraints to
be relaxed include, but are not limited to, subject motion, relative
position to the sensor, and environmental influences. The minimum
objective is to exceed by a factor of three what is commercially
available today, with recognition performance similar to that achieved
with the cooperative or conditioned individual under controlled

Specifically excluded from this solicitation are contact-type biometric
technologies, such as fingerprint, palm, etc., and proposals for product
development or research that would primarily result in incremental,
evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

The goals of this Proposer's Day are to 1) familiarize participants with
IARPA's interest in biometrics technologies; 2) promote an understanding
of the BAA proposal submission requirements and process; and 3) foster
discussion of synergistic capabilities among potential program