Where's Waldo? Automated Human Recognition in Challenging Environments

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
MEZ 1.306
Open to ECE graduate students

Biometrics is the science of recognizing individuals based on their physical and behavioral attributes such as fingerprints, face, iris, voice and signature. The past decade has witnessed tremendous progress in this field, including the deployment of biometric solutions in diverse applications such as border security, national ID cards, amusement parks, access control, and smartphones. Despite these advancements, biometric systems have to contend with a number of challenges related to data quality, spoof attacks, and personal privacy. For example, the use of heavy makeup can impact face recognition performance; artificial fingers referred to as “spoofs" can be used to circumvent fingerprint recognition systems; biometric data stored in a central database can be compromised or misused; etc. This talk will highlight some of the recent progress made in the field of biometrics; present labwork on heterogeneous biometrics, fingerprint spoof detection, and biometric data privacy; and discuss some of the challenges that have to be solved in order to promote the widespread use of this technology.

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Dr. Arun Ross

Associate Professor in Computer Science & Engineering
Michigan State University

Arun Ross is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU) and the Director of the i-PRoBe Lab. Prior to joining MSU in 2013, he was a faculty member at West Virginia University (WVU) from 2003 to 2012. He also served as the Assistant Site Director of the NSF Center for Identification Technology and Research (CITeR) between 2010 and 2012.

Arun received the B.E. (Hons.) degree in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from Michigan State University. He is the coauthor of the textbook “Introduction to Biometrics” and the monograph “Handbook of Multibiometrics,” and the co-editor of “Handbook of Biometrics.”

Arun is a recipient of the IAPR JK Aggarwal Prize, the IAPR Young Biometrics Investigator Award (YBIA), the NSF CAREER Award, and was an invited speaker at the Frontiers of Science Symposium organized by the National Academy of Sciences in November 2006. He is also a recipient of the 2005 Biennial Pattern Recognition Journal Best Paper Award and the Five Year Highly Cited BTAS 2009 Paper Award.