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MSU and NEC collaborate on biometrics research


NEC Corporation of America (NEC), the leading provider of innovative biometrics, IT, communication products, will help fund ongoing biometrics research on fingerprint matching and face recognition at Michigan State University’s (MSU) College of Engineering. This fund will also form part of the “seed money” for MSU’s Pattern Recognition and Image Processing (PRIP) Lab in initiating new projects in the future.

“Industrial/academic collaborations such as this relationship with NEC will foster advances in biometrics that will help law enforcement and forensic agencies worldwide,” Jeremy Slavish, acting director of the Biometrics and Identification Division of the Michigan State Police said.

Anil K. Jain, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Biometrics research lead at MSU is grateful of NEC’s support to MSU’s biometric research. “NEC is a world leader in biometrics technologies, and MSU is one of the leading academic research labs in biometrics with a long history of collaboration with various biometrics companies,” Jain said. “This new relationship with NEC, and this gift, will allow us to identify new, challenging research directions in the growing field of biometrics recognition.”

“NEC is pleased to be supporting MSU, one of the leading academic organizations in the area of biometrics,” Raffie Beroukhim, vice president of Biometrics Solutions Division, NEC said. “Dr. Jain and his research staff have advanced the field of biometrics research, and in close collaboration with the Michigan State Police, a user of NEC’s Multi-Modal Biometrics Identification System, have developed new, innovative biometrics technology. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with the research lab.”

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