MSU researchers creating fake fingers to test fingerprint recognition systems

Michigan State University biometrics expert Anil Jain and his team are developing a fake finger that possesses multiple key properties of human skin to determine how secure biometric recognition systems are, according to a report by MSU Today. Jain, a University Distinguished Professor, and doctoral student Joshua Engelsma have used the fake finger to test two of the most common types of fingerprint readers to help determine their resilience to spoof attacks. The team created the fake fingers using a

NIST scientists develop algorithm that automates key step in fingerprint analysis

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University have developed an algorithm that automates a key step in the fingerprint analysis process, according to their findings which are published in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. “We know that when humans analyze a crime scene fingerprint, the process is inherently subjective,” said Elham Tabassi, a computer engineer at NIST and a co-author of the study. “By reducing the human subjectivity, we can make

Advances in biometric technology could expand healthcare coverage in Africa

Advances in biometric technology are on the horizon which could be critical to the delivery of health services to many Africans, an informational session dedicated to healthcare at last month’s ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia heard from a panel of experts. Advances in fingerprinting which allow enrollment of children and even infants, biometrics capabilities in mobile devices, and open database systems are needed for a greater range of health services to be delivered to a greater number of people. ID4Africa’s

Biometrics expert honored for work in assisting with murder investigation

According to a report by MSUToday, Anil Jain, a University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University, has been honored by the Lansing Police Department (LPD) and the Michigan State University Police Department (MSUPD) for his work assisting with a murder investigation in 2016. Jain and two members of his biometrics team, post-doctoral student Kai Cao and recently graduated doctoral student Sunpreet Arora, were awarded a Civilian Citation by the LPD “for meritorious actions which significantly

Fingerprints effective for identification from six-months of age

Fingerprints can be used to effectively verify the identity of children enrolled as young as six months of age, according to study results announced by Anil Jain, professor of computer science at Michigan State University during the final day of ID4Africa 2017. “Children can be recognized with 99 percent accuracy when age at first enrollment is above six months,” Jain told hundreds of conference delegates. Jain’s team tested the fingerprints of over 160 children for the study, having recognized the

MSU researchers investigate how aging can affect facial recognition systems

Michigan State University researchers are trying to determine to what extent aging can affect the performance of automatic facial recognition systems and how it will ultimately impact the technology’s ability to successfully identify criminals or ascertain when identification documents need to be renewed, according to a report by MSU Today. For the study, which was conducted in partnership with National Institute of Standards and Technology, biometrics expert Anil Jain and doctoral student Lacey Best-Rowden discovered that 99 percent of the

MSU researchers collecting infants’ fingerprint data in India

Researchers from the Michigan State University (MSU) Biometrics Research Group are spearheading a new project that allows researchers and medical workers to receive key information from a single finger scan, according to a report by The State News. Through the project, medical employees will be able to accurately identify children by scanning their fingerprint. The workers will receive key patient information such as recent immunizations, and ultimately be able to determine if the child is malnourished. The fingerprint recognition system

Anil Jain elected Foreign Fellow by Indian National Academy of Engineering

Biometrics expert Anil Jain, a University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University, has been elected a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) reports MSU Today. The INAE is an academy of distinguished engineers, engineer-scientists and technologists covering the entire spectrum of engineering disciplines, and functions as an apex body to promote and advance the practice of engineering and technology and the related sciences and disciplines in India and their application to

Anil Jain presents on biometrics at ZKTeco corporate headquarters

ZKAccess, a division of ZKTeco and leading provider of biometric and RFID security solutions, recently hosted biometrics expert Dr. Anil Jain at its headquarters in Shenzhen, China. While there, Dr. Jain gave a presentation summarizing the history of biometrics, and current and emerging applications. About 200 ZKTeco and ZKAccess staff attended the presentation, including the sales teams and scientists and engineers in the R&D department. “We at ZKAccess are so honored to have hosted Dr. Jain at our corporate headquarters

Biometrics research, facial recognition, authentication and access control trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Research and development Researchers at Mu’tah University in Jordan are using an artificial intelligence algorithm and biometrics to identify a person using hand geometry and more specifically, the “V” signs terrorists sometimes make when posing for photos or videos. Ahmad Hassanat and his team told the MIT Technology Review: “Identifying a person using a small part of the hand is a challenging