The goal of , is to advance the science of machine face perception and to deliver a step change in face matching technology to enable automatic retrieval, recognition, verification and management of faces in images and video.

This will be achieved by addressing the challenging problem posed by face appearance variations introduced by a range of natural and image degradation phenomena such as change of viewpoint, illumination, expression, resolution, blur and occlusion, by bringing together leading experts and their research teams at the University of Surrey, Imperial College London and the University of Stirling.

The project will develop unconstrained face recognition technology for a broad spectrum of applications. The approach adopted will endeavour to devise novel machine learning solutions, which combine the technique of deep learning with sophisticated prior information conveyed by 3D face models.