MSU fellowship fund will support doctoral-level research in biometric recognition

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Michigan State University announced it is using an anonymous $400,000 cash gift from a former Computer Science and Engineering student to fund doctoral-level research on pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition.

The Anil K. Jain Endowed Graduate Fellowship is an anonymous gift from an international businessman who was a visiting scholar in computer graphics and image processing in Jain’s laboratory during the early 1980s.

Jain is a university distinguished professor of Computer Science and Engineering at MSU, who has conducted pioneering research in data clustering, fingerprint recognition and face recognition.

His extensive research has built a wide following, having maintained the highest h-index among active computer science researchers in the world today.

Jain has written several books and research articles about biometrics, holds six patents related to biometric technologies, and has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship.

“I am so very grateful that a former student has chosen to honor me by establishing this endowment,” Jain said. “I am flattered that our time together at MSU was so meaningful to him.”

The $400,000 gift is part of the Michigan State University’s Empower Extraordinary Campaign.

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