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NIST opens registration for symposium on developing large research datasets in biometric technology

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced that registration is now open to attend a NIST symposium on the development of large research datasets in forensic science and biometric technology.

In order to effectively develop and evaluate forensic and biometric technologies, researchers require large research databases that store biometric and forensic data.

Using this data, system developers are able to test the performance of emerging technologies and to successfully quantify the uncertainty associate with matching algorithms.

The symposium will take place January 26 through January 27, 2015 at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

It will focus on a range of issues related to both the biometric and forensic aspects of finger/palmprints, iris, face, person-at-a-distance, voice, and handwriting patterns.

Specific topics will include the role of research datasets in improving biometric and forensic technology, challenges associated with collecting and using biometric and forensic datasets, privacy and legal issues in the collecting, distributing and using biometric and forensic datasets, NIST’s biometric and forensic research database catalog overview, and statistical significance in biometric and forensic datasets.

Those individuals interested in attending the free symposium are required to pre-register on the NIST website.

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