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Venu Govindaraju elected SPIE fellow


SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics has elected University at Buffalo researcher Venu Govindaraju a fellow of the organization, citing his research in document recognition and retrieval and biometrics.

Reported previously, SPIE recently launched the National Photonics Initiative along with the American Physical Society, IEEE Photonics Society, Laser Institute of America and the Optical Society.

Govindaraju, director of UB’s Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS), is currently developing   language-independent handwriting recognition technologies. The research is funded by a $3.2 million, five-year grant from the Defense Advances Research Projects Agency from Raytheon BBN Technologies. According to a statement from the University at Buffalo, this is one of the largest competitive, non-infrastructure federal awards at the university.

“[Govindaraju]has made significant contributions to the advancement of document analysis systems and user authentication applications,” the SPIE said in a statement. “In addition, he has made significant contributions in the areas of fingerprint matching, face and facial expression analysis and smart environments and behavioral biometrics.”

According to SPIE, Govindaraju was on the program committee of the SPIE Biometrics Technology for Human Identification, Orlando, FL, in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He has presented a total of 29 papers at the SPIE conference on Electronic Imaging under the “Document Recognition and Retrieval” track and the SPIE conference on Defense and Security under the “Biometrics and Human Identification Technology” track.

Govindaraju is one of only 69 new fellows to SPIE this year.

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