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

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

Researchers at MSU spoof a fingerprint protected smartphone using an inkjet printer

Michigan State (MSU) researchers, Anil Jain and Kai Cao, have discovered an inexpensive and quick method to unlock a mobile phone protected by fingerprint biometrics using an off-the-shelf printer and special photo paper. The process can be done in under 15 minutes and uses a normal Brother brand inkjet printer and conductive silver ink and a type of photo paper which are both available from a Japanese manufacturer called AgIC. The researchers detailed the process in a technical report and

Anil Jain honored for contributions to engineering and biometrics, elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Biometrics expert Anil Jain, a University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, according to a report by MSU Today. Election to the NAE is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. The academy honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education, and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields

Biometrics in border security, fingerprints and fast food, facial recognition top this weeks news

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week Fingerprints By far the most popular article this week had to do with McDonald’s restaurants taking a more proactive approach to its loss prevention efforts by piloting new biometric authentication technology on its point-of-sale (POS) system. The fast food franchise has installed, at select restaurants in the United States, a fingerprint device on cash registers which require a fingerprint scan to activate

MSU licenses facial recognition system to NEC

According to a report in MSU Today, Michigan State University is licensing its large-scale face-search technology to NEC Corp. of America, which can help law enforcement agencies in combating crime. The automatic face-search system was developed by biometrics expert Anil Jain, MSU Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering; Dayong Wang, an MSU postdoctoral fellow; and Charles Otto, an MSU Ph.D. student. “The strength of this face-search system is that it can process and search so-called ‘faces in the wild’

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

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