Scientists developing thumb-based continuous authentication solution for smartphones

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a team of researchers with a $718,000 grant to develop a thumb-based continuous authentication system that could be integrated into smartphones to detect unauthorized access, according to Illinois State University News. The team will include Jianwei La, an assistant professor at Illinois State University’s School of Information Technology. The NSF’s Division of Computer and Network Systems grant will help in developing an authentication process, which can also be used by individuals with visual

NSF to fund automatic attendance check system that uses smartphone camera

The National Science Foundation is funding the research and development of an automatic attendance check system that uses smartphone cameras. Detailed in the grant award outline, the I-Corps team’s “Automated Attendance Check by Using Smartphone Cameras” method proposes an efficient and accurate way to check attendance by taking videos of student faces in classrooms using smartphone cameras. The team, led by Rathindra DasGupta, proposes a new system based on a unified framework of visual face detection, tracking and recognition algorithms,

University at Buffalo joins NSF biometrics research center

The National Science Foundation has made the University at Buffalo a member of its Center for Identification Technology Research, based on its work with biometrics. According to the University, this new designation is expected to bring the school more than $1 million over five years for biometric research and its inclusion is based largely on the work of the university’s Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors. Classified as a “NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center,” CITeR was established more than 10 years ago to

U.S. gov’t to support “Big Data” research for DNA analysis

The U.S. government will support “Big Data” research to aid several universities involved in DNA analysis. The government acknowledges the importance of understanding human DNA and its potential in medicine and other fields, such as biometrics, and will provide US$2 million each in annual grants to five major research institutes over the next three years to develop better algorithms for DNA coding and to set up libraries to hold extensive data. The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of