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Saturday, 15 January, 2005

Face Matching Software needed

Sanjiva, one of the developers of the Sahana Crisis Management Software writes the following in his blog entry today.

Do you know of software to match faces? The Sri Lanka government is going to set up a place where people can bring pictures of missing folks and can have it matched against the photos of dead bodies from the tsunami. The photos will be scanned and placed in the Sahana system we're building and the matching software can run within Sahana or outside if necessary. Ideally the software is open source and free but at this point we need something very quickly. So anything will do ..
Any pointers will be greatly appreciated; I've been asked to get this operational within 10 days or so.
If the anyone can help these guys out, We're sure it will help the overall development of the system. we earlier wrote about their call for PHP and JAVA developers.
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Blogger PaolaDM said :


That s how it s called
I dont know of any OSm but I am sure companies would donate the application if you ask

Check out this one

And do a search as 'image analysis software' and then send a mail to the co s asking for a free license

somoone will respond!
let me know if you need anything from me

Paola Di Maio

Sat Jan 15, 08:28:00 pm IST  
Blogger PaolaDM said :

Some open source image analysis software listed here


Sat Jan 15, 08:32:00 pm IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

I'm NOT saying that we should not try, but we need to qualify the difficulty of this endeavor. I'm sure you already know this, but just in case:

I may be wrong, but my understanding is that facial-recognition software is still in its infancy. Under ideal conditions, even the difference in smiling and not smiling can throw off the software.

Be careful not to invest too many resources unless you are sure it will be useful. It *may* almost be better to do set up a catalog system based on location victim was found, hair color (though this may be quite homogenous in your area), and approximate height, or other information that you can possibly glean. (You will need a great deal of volunteers.) Family members can then narrow the search field. If we are fortunate, photo-recognition can be part of the search field, though probably on of the more unreliable parts.

Unfortunately, at this point in software development, I think only the human eye can really tell the difference, and some family members are having a difficult time as it is.

Best wishes, I hope I didn't discourage you. Keep trying!

PS: fingerprints are tried and true, and can even by lifted off the dead. But I’m assuming this is not possible as they were not taken, or family members are not able to provide them.

Sat Jan 15, 10:41:00 pm IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

On this website is such a program which was made by some people in New York after 9-11-94. They are willing to donate it in order to help. Apparently it is up and running and usable. I belive details are in an email to seeat volunteers, and it is either posted on one of the wikis or in a blog entry. It also may be posted under "help offered." The developers believe it is ready to go. While the USA appearance may need changing, the developer was very proud of his product and thought it would help.

Sat Jan 15, 10:57:00 pm IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Here is the post:
Words can not described how we feel about India's tragedy.

After the World Trade Center we built www.disasterid.com. The function of
the program is to match found persons and items with those looking to aid in
identification efforts, and:

1. Provides a platform for rescue workers to enter and house data regarding
found persons and items.
2. For the general public to search said data for identification.
3. For the general public to enter and house data of their missing persons.

4. For rescue workers to search and match persons and items they found with
posted information.

We put it together with Interpol's Disaster Victim Identification form data points and with some review from DMORT.

We designed the backend database structure with a scaleable 'on the fly'
category creation tool; so as different identifying categories are realized,
administrators can create categories and sub-categories easily; so as varied
personal articles are recovered, structured data input is possible.

We built it out of frustration from 9/11 as a voluntary effort. We were not
able to get any wide-scale adoption to it during the Trade Center tragedy.
We still believe that the very lengthy process of recovering items and
identifying persons from the World Trade Center would have been greatly

We would like to offer the program to India to help in the recovery efforts,
but do not know how to proceed. We would plan to redo the front page and
related site graphics and presentation to a world perceptive rather than the
current US brand.

Submitted Respectively,
Keith Mullin
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