Researchers find that DNA could be used for effective archival purposes

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) have discovered that DNA could be used to store digital data and preserve essential knowledge for thousands of years, according to a report by The Telegraph. ETH scientists exploring the archival capabilities of DNA performed a test in which it downloaded error-free data after the equivalent of 2,000 years. The researchers are now tasked with developing a method of searching for information encoded in strands of DNA contained in a drop

FBI opens Biometrics Technology Center in West Virginia

The FBI will open a new four-story, 360,000-square-foot biometrics facility on August 11 at the agency’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia, according to a report by The Exponent Telegram. The opening comes more than a year after the FBI announced it was partnering with the Department of Defense to expand the FBI center campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia with the addition of the Biometrics Technology Center. “The Biometrics Technology Center will be the center for

New research proves that fingerprint accuracy remains unchanged over time

A Michigan State University professor and his former Ph.D. student have published a new paper that proves that fingerprint recognition accuracy between two comparable fingerprints remains the same over time. “We wanted to answer the question that has plagued law enforcement and forensic science for decades: Is fingerprint pattern persistent over time?” said Anil Jain, professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University. “We have now determined, with multilevel statistical modeling, that fingerprint recognition accuracy remains stable over

NEXT Biometrics CEO says sensor size does matter

NEXT Biometrics recently commissioned the largest, commercial fingerprint sensor test ever conducted, which found that fingerprint sensor accuracy directly correlates to the size of sensors used. The report, conducted at the University Carlos III of Madrid noted that the smaller the image collected by a fingerprint sensor, the larger the rejection during acquisition, and the higher the error rates generated by the device. The study conducted by Professor Raul Sanchez-Reillo, Director of GUTI, known as the University Group for Identification

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

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

European Association for Biometrics to host second European research conference

European Association for Biometrics announced it is organizing the EAB Research Projects Conference 2015 (EAB-RPC), Europe’s largest conference on research in the area of Biometrics and Identity Management on September 7-8 at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt, Germany. The second EAB Research Projects Conference 2015, which is funded by the European Commission, will be colocated with the IEEE BIOSIG conference that will take place later that same week. The EAB and numerous EU FP7 projects, namely FIDELITY, FastPass, BEAT, FutureID, MobilePass,

ICRI-CIR to present at European Association for Biometrics research conference

ICRI-CRI – KU Leuven announced it will be participating in the second EAB Research Projects Conference (EAB-RPC), Europe’s largest conference on research in the area of Biometrics and Identity Management, held at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt, Germany on September 7-8. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT (ICRI) is a research centre at the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven dedicated to advance and promote legal knowledge about the information society through research and teaching. Funded by the European Commission,

Consumers “creeped out” by targeted ads that use facial recognition: study

E-commerce recommendations firm RichRelevance released a new study called “Creepy or Cool”, which highlights consumer attitudes towards digital enhancements to the store shopping experience, such as facial recognition technology. The study finds that shoppers generally think it is cool to get digital help finding relevant products and information, as well as navigating the store. However, shoppers are “creeped out” by digital capabilities that identify, track and use location and demographics, such as targeted advertisements for consumers based on facial recognition,

Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Biometrics Center wins 2015 Edison Award

Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Biometrics Center recently won Gold at the 2015 Edison Awards in the category of Applied Technology. For the past eight years, the Edison Awards have recognized products, institutions and business leaders demonstrating excellence in innovation. “It is a huge honor for our lab to receive an Edison Award,” said Marios Savvides, Research Professor of electrical and computer engineering and founder and director of the Biometrics Center. “This award is an important verification of our technological innovations and

Auraya Systems releases universal speaker recognition system

Auraya Systems announced it has released ArmorVox 2015, which it claims is the world’s first universal speaker recognition system. The new solution builds on Auraya’s patented speaker adaptive voice biometrics algorithms, which has been used in various commercial applications around the world. ArmorVox 2015 is the only product to support text-dependent, text-independent; text-prompted, fast cross matching for speaker identification and gender detection “fused” into a single software license, said Auraya Systems. “ArmorVox 2015 is the culmination of 10 years of