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Gait biometrics expert named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

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Gait biometrics expert Sudeep Sarkar has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

The NAI Fellows Program has 757 Fellows worldwide representing more than 229 universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 26,000 issued U.S. patents.

Sudeep Sarkar, a professor of Computer Science and Engineering and associate Vice President for Research & Innovation at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, is an expert in the area of gait biometrics, which analyzes the unique characteristics of the ways in which individuals walk. Minor variations in gait style can be used as a biometric identifier to identify individual people.

According to his USF profile, with funding from DARPA HumanID at a Distance program, US Army and STS Intl., SOCOM, Unisys Corporation, CIA, and Raytheon Inc., Sarkar has made many influencial contributions to the field of biometrics and is frequently called upon to participate in world meetings regarding gait biometrics. The benchmark developed by him is the defacto standard in the development of gait recognition algorithms.

He has 25 year experience in computer vision and pattern recognition algorithms and systems, holds three U.S. patents and has published high-impact journal and conference papers.

Sarkar will be formally inducted as part of a 175-member Fellows class at the sixth annual NAI conference in Boston in April.

Last year, Venu Govindaraju, a globally recognized expert in machine learning and pattern recognition, was also named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Through his research, he has developed new techniques to address problems in the recognition of fingerprints, faces, facial expressions and multi-biometrics fusion.

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