Our Story

Rank One Computing was founded in 2015 by a team of engineers intent on improving the accuracy, speed and efficiency of automated face recognition algorithms, as well as providing other algorithms for extracting content-based information from images and videos. Prior to founding Rank One, the team's principals studied face recognition and image retrieval algorithms and applications in both academia and as contractors supporting various government agencies. The academic legacy of the Rank One team includes an extensive collection of peer-reviewed publications on the topic of automated face recognition, the development of the popular open source face recognition system OpenBR, and the licensing of software algorithms. The team’s legacy as federal contractors includes providing the software development, algorithm evaluation, and system engineering services to multiple government agencies.

Our Team

Brendan Klare

Brendan Klare

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Josh Klontz

Josh Klontz

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Scott Klum

Scott Klum

Co-Founder & Chief Engineer
David Ray

David Ray

General Counsel
Cody Barnes

Cody Barnes

Director of Finance & Operations
Ben Klein

Ben Klein

Senior Engineer
Keyur patel

Keyur Patel

Senior Engineer

Charity

We donate a fixed percentage of our profits to charitable causes that are making a difference in our community and beyond. Here is a list of the organizations Rank One has helped support:

Publications

Our team's background in automated face recognition algorithms began with academic research. The following list of publications contains research our employees conducted in coordination with other colleagues, collaborators, and mentors.

K. Patel, H. Han and A. K. Jain, "Secure Face Unlock: Spoof Detection on Smartphones", IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, DOI 10.1109/TIFS.2016.2578288, Vol. 11, No. 10, pp. 2268-2283, October 2016. [pdf]

K. Patel, H. Han and A. K. Jain, "Cross-database Face Antispoofing with Robust Feature Representation", in the Proc. of the 11th Chinese Conference on Biometric Recognition (CCBR), October 2016. [pdf]

K. Patel, H. Han, A. K. Jain and G. Ott, "Live Face Video vs. Spoof Face Video: Use of Moire Patterns to Detect Replay Video Attacks", ICB, Phuket, Thailand, May 19-22, 2015. [pdf]

B. F. Klare, B. Klein, E. Taborsky, A. Blanton, J. Cheney, K. Allen, P. Grother, A. Mah, M. Burge and A. K. Jain, "Pushing the Frontiers of Unconstrained Face Detection and Recognition: IARPA Janus Benchmark A", CVPR, Boston, Massachusetts, June 8-10, 2015. [pdf]

A. K. Jain, B. F. Klare, A. Ross, "Guidelines for Best Practices in Biometrics Research", ICB, Phuket, Thailand, May 19-22, 2015. [pdf]

C. Otto, B. F. Klare and A. K. Jain, "An Efficient Approach for Clustering Face Images", ICB, Phuket, Thailand, May 19-22, 2015. [pdf]

E. Taborsky, K. Allen, A. Blanton, A. K. Jain and B. F. Klare, "Annotating Unconstrained Face Imagery: A Scalable Approach", ICB, Phuket, Thailand, May 19-22, 2015. [pdf]

J. Cheney, B. Klein, A. K. Jain and B. F. Klare, "Unconstrained Face Detection: State of the Art Baseline and Challenges", ICB, Phuket, Thailand, May 19-22, 2015. [pdf]

S. Klum, H. Han, B. Klare and A. K. Jain, "The FaceSketchID System: Matching Facial Composites to Mugshots", IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 9, No. 12, pp. 2248-2263, December 2014. [pdf]

L. Best-Rowden, H. Han, C. Otto, B. Klare and A. K. Jain, "Unconstrained Face Recognition: Identifying a Person of Interest from a Media Collection", IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol, 9, No. 12, pp. 2144-2157, December 2014. [pdf]

B. F. Klare, S. Klum, J. C. Klontz, E. Taborsky, T. Akgul and A. K. Jain, "Suspect Identification Based on Descriptive Facial Attributes", IJCB, Clearwater, Florida, USA, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2014. [pdf]

L. Best-Rowden, S. Bisht, J. C. Klontz and A. K. Jain, "Unconstrained Face Recognition: Establishing Baseline Human Performance via Crowdsourcing", IJCB, Clearwater, Florida, USA, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2014. [pdf]

B. F. Klare, A. Blanton, and B. Klein, "Efficient Face Retrieval using Synecdoches", IJCB, Clearwater, Florida, USA, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2014. [pdf]

B. Klare and A. K. Jain, "Heterogeneous Face Recognition using Kernel Prototype Similarities", IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. 35, No. 6, pp. 1410-1422, June 2013, doi: 10.1109/TPAMI.2012.229. [pdf]

K. Bonnen, B. Klare and A. K. Jain, "Component-Based Representation in Automated Face Recognition", IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 239-253, January 2013. [pdf]

H. Han, B. Klare, K. Bonnen and A. K. Jain, "Matching Composite Sketches to Face Photos: A Component-Based Approach", IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 191-204, January 2013. [pdf]

J. C. Klontz, B. Klare, S. Klum, E. Taborsky, M. Burge and A. K. Jain, "Open Source Biometric Recognition", BTAS, Washington, D.C., Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2013. [pdf]

L. Best-Rowden, B. Klare, J. C. Klontz and A. K. Jain, "Video-to-Video Face Matching: Establishing a Baseline for Unconstrained Face Recognition", BTAS, Washington, D.C., Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2013. [pdf]

S. Klum, H. Han, A. K. Jain and B. Klare, "Sketch Based Face Recognition: Forensic vs. Composite Sketches", ICB, Madrid, Spain, June 4-7, 2013. [pdf]

J. C. Klontz and A. K. Jain, "A Case Study on Unconstrained Facial Recognition Using the Boston Marathon Bombings Suspects", MSU Technical Report, MSU-CSE-13-4, May 22, 2013. [pdf]

B. F. Klare, M. Burge, J. C. Klontz, R. W. Vorder Bruegge and A. K. Jain, "Face Recognition Performance: Role of Demographic Information", IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 7, No. 6, pp. 1789-1801, December 2012. [pdf]

A. K. Jain, B. Klare and U. Park, "Face Matching and Retrieval in Forensics Applications", IEEE Multimedia, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 20-28, 2012. [pdf]

R. V. Yampolskiy, B. Klare and Anil K. Jain, "Face Recognition in the Virtual World: Recognizing Avatar Faces", ICMLA, Boca Raton, pp. 40-45, Dec. 12-15, 2012. [pdf]

B. Klare and A. K. Jain, "Face Recognition: Impostor-based Measures of Uniqueness and Quality", BTAS, Washington, D.C., Sept. 23-26, 2012. [pdf]

B. Klare, S. S. Bucak, T. Akgul and A. K. Jain, "Towards Automated Caricature Recognition", ICB, New Delhi, India, March 29-April 1, 2012. [pdf]

B. Klare, Z. Li and A. K. Jain, "Matching Forensic Sketches to Mugshot Photos", IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 639-646, March 2011. [pdf]

A. K. Jain and B. Klare, "Matching Forensic Sketches and Mug Shots to Apprehend Criminals", IEEE Computer, Vol.44, No. 5, pp. 94-96, May 2011. [pdf]

U. Park, S. Liao, B. Klare, J. Voss and A. K. Jain, "Face Finder: Filtering a Large Database Using Scars, Marks and Tattoos", MSU Technical Report, MSU-CSE-11-15, 2011. [pdf]

B. Klare and A. K. Jain, "Face Recognition Across Time Lapse: On Learning Feature Subspaces", IJCB, Washington, DC, Oct. 11-13, 2011. [pdf]

B. Klare, A. A. Paulino and A. K. Jain, "Analysis of Facial Features in Identical Twins", IJCB, Washington, DC, Oct. 11-13, 2011. [pdf]

A. K. Jain, B. Klare and U. Park, "Face Recognition: Some Challenges in Forensics", 9th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG), Santa Barbara, CA, March 21-25, 2011. [pdf]

B. Klare and A. K. Jain, "On a Taxonomy of Facial Features," Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS), 2010. [pdf]

B. Klare and A. K. Jain, "Heterogeneous Face Recognition: Matching NIR to Visible Light Images", ICPR, Istanbul, Turkey, August 23-26, 2010. [pdf]

B. Klare, P. Mallapragada, A. K. Jain and K. Davis, "Clustering Face Carving: Exploring the Devatas of Angkor Wat", ICPR, Istanbul Turkey, August 23-26, 2010. [pdf]

B. Klare and A. K. Jain, "Sketch to Photo Matching: A Feature-based Approach",Proc of SPIE, Biometric Technology for Human Identification VII, April 2010. [pdf]

B. Klare and M. Burge, "Assessment of H.264 Video Compression on Automated Face Recognition Performance in Surveillance and Mobile Video Scenarios",Proc of SPIE, Biometric Technology for Human Identification VII. April 2010. [pdf]

B. Klare and S. Sarkar, "Background Subtraction in Varying Illuminations using an Ensemble Based on an Enlarged Feature Set," IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshops, 2009.CVPRW, Miami, FL, June 20-25, 2009. [pdf]

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