Researchers design inconspicuous eyeglasses that trick facial recognition systems

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a method of creating inconspicuous eyeglasses that can be used to thwart identification by facial recognition algorithms, according to their published findings (PDF). The researchers developed five pairs of “universal” glasses that “facilitate misclassification” through an adversarial generative nets (AGN) method, which involves using neural networks to produce designs with different colors and textures for glasses that can either evade correct identification or impersonate

China planning $2.1 billion research campus to become world AI leader

China is planning to build a 13.8 billion-yuan ($2.1 billion) research park dedicated to AI development to further its goal of becoming a world leader in the technology by 2030, CNBC reports. The campus is planned for the Beijing suburb of Mentougou, where it will cover just under 55 hectares, and will be completed within five years. It will then house roughly 400 businesses, and produce an expected 50 billion yuan annually from technologies for uses including biometrics, big data,

UK Ministry of Defence develops new chemical to reveal fingerprints on challenging surfaces

The UK government has announced the development of a chemical for use recovering fingerprints from previously challenging or impossible surfaces. The advanced fingerprint visualization technology makes it possible to acquire prints from items exposed to high temperatures, such as IED components or fired ammunition cases, and cleaned metal items, according to the announcement. The technology was jointly developed by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) and Loughborough University, where it was

Google and Stanford researchers developing voice recognition models for medical conversations

Google is working with researchers and physicians at Stanford University on Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) models to transcribe medical conversations. In a blog post, Katherine Chou, Product Manager and Chung-Cheng Chiu, Software Engineer, Google Brain Team say that Electronic Health Records (EHR) documentation often takes half of a doctor’s 11-hour workday, contributing to burnout. Google cites recent research published in the Annals of Family Medicine which shows that physician satisfaction and medical chart quality and accuracy improved when scribes took

Yitu Technology setting up a research and development hub in Singapore

Chinese facial recognition software developer Yitu Technology will be setting up its first international research and development hub in Singapore. According to a report by Channel NewsAsia, the decision to open the R&D hub came after discussions were held between the AI company and Singapore officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Economic Development Board. “The AI vision for Singapore is that once it has started its AI development, there will be a ripple effect across other countries

Chemist suggests sweat analysis for biometric authentication

A concept paper published in ChemPhysChem proposes a new biometrics-based authentication approach for unlocking mobile and wearable devices that relies on analyzing skin secretions, or sweat, to build an amino acid profile that is unique to the device’s owner, according to a report in Skin secretions contain many small molecules that can each be targeted for authentication analysis. The profile would be stored within the device and used for identification purposes each time an attempt to unlock is made.

DHS S&T to host series of biometric technology rallies

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is hosting a series of Biometric Technology Rallies aimed at supporting industry innovation and advance technologies that assist DHS and Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) operations. DHS will use the results of these rallies to inform planning activities by sharing the information with industry participants to improve product capabilities, as well as with researchers to enable the development of next-generation capabilities. The first Biometric Technology Rally will be held

Researchers find multiracial facial recognition system offers greater accuracy

The University of Surrey has developed a multiracial facial recognition system that delivers more accurate results than other systems typically used. As detailed in Pattern Recognition journal, the 3D morphing face model ‘learns’ from different racial faces to more effectively identify people in 2D pictures – even if an individual’s appearance is affected by their pose, expression, lighting or poor image resolution. Though many facial recognition systems already adapt 3D models to 2D faces found in pictures, most systems use

Global Good Fund, Element to develop biometric ID tool for infants and children

Biometric software developer Element Inc. has partnered with the Global Good Fund to develop a smartphone-based, non-touch biometric platform capable of using unique biological identifiers of infants and children to verify their identity. On a global level, nearly one in four children under the age of five are not registered at birth and lack formal identification. The partnership will extend Element’s existing adult identity platform to this age group, enabling health systems to recognize and track health information of patients

Rutgers engineers develop finger vibration-based access system

Engineers at Rutgers University have developed VibWrite, a smart access system that senses finger vibrations to verify users, according to a report by TechExplore. The low-cost vibration-based authentication system could eventually be used to secure access to homes, apartment buildings, cars, and appliances. “Everyone’s finger bone structure is unique, and their fingers apply different pressures on surfaces, so sensors that detect subtle physiological and behavioral differences can identify and authenticate a person,” said Yingying (Jennifer) Chen, a professor in the