Marios Savvides

Research Professor – ECE Director – CyLab Biometrics Center
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office B209 Hamerschlag Hall
Telephone (412)-268-1142
Fax (412)-268-6345
Assistant Kelley Conley

Research Interests

Biometric Identification

My research is focused on how to recognize a person based on their biometrics, e.g. their face, iris, fingerprint or palm print. These biometrics offer characteristics unique to each individual. Most of the security systems rely on passwords, swipe cards, and RF ID tags to recognize and grant access to users. However these can easily be lost or stolen, which can lead to intruders gaining access to secure physical and virtual spaces. These problems are overcome if one uses biometrics as a method to authenticate a user's identity. Biometric recognition has many challenges as the appearance of the biometrics can vary at the time of acquisition, e.g. in face recognition, a person's face can appear different due to variations in lighting, change in pose and expression. My research is focused on developing robust algorithms that can handle these type of intra-class variations with different biometric modalities. I am also researching reducing the complexity of these algorithms so that they can be implemented on small form-factor devices such as PDAs and cell-phones.

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In the News

  • Carnegie Mellon Researchers to Collaborate With National Biometric Security Project
  • ECE Faculty Teach High School Workshops
  • Savvides Tapped to Join New Center Under Director of National Intelligence
  • Faculty, Staff, Students Celebrate Semester's End at ECE Day
  • ECE Faculty Instruct Information Assurance Capacity Building Program
  • Four ECE Faculty Win College Awards
  • Li Wins Best Student Paper Award
  • Keeping an Eye on the Bad Guy
  • A Look Inside New Security Research
  • CMU's CyLab Biometrics Center wins gold at the 2015 Edison Awards
  • CyLab's Biometrics Center finalist for Edison Award
  • Savvides invited to speak at Biometrics Task Force Identity Management Conference
  • Four generations of ECE
  • Savvides Talks Facial Recognition Software on CNN
  • External Press

  • New Iris Scanning Tech Could Identify You from 40 Feet Away
  • Security on the (Eye)Ball: Hands-Free Iris Biometrics to Keep Bad Guys at Bay
  • The other ‘Fingerprints’ you don’t know about
  • Biometrics: New IDs that are uniquely you
  • DailyPlanet, Discovery Channel Canada
  • Airport security becomes high-tech
  • CMU Developing Terrorist-Fighting Tool
  • Minority Report – like eye scanner works from 40ft away
  • Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here
  • Sorry, Criminals, Long-Range Iris Scanners Will Ruin Your Career
  • How Facial Recognition Tech Could Help Trace Terrorism Suspects
  • Correlation pattern recognition for biometrics
  • Privacy and Security In the Age of Tracking, Iris Scanning and Biometrics
  • Biometric Security Poses Huge Privacy Risks
  • Two Carnegie Mellon researchers create digital database of poisonous plants
  • 6 better Ways to Keep Airports Safe
  • Will Latest CMU Invention Make Fingerprinting Obsolete?
  • Manhunt—Boston Bombers
  • The Boston Manhunt - What Technologies Worked and Which Didn’t
  • Are Faces the New Fingerprints?
  • Lines on the face help pick out the twin who dunnit
  • FBI launches $1 billion face recognition project
  • Stolen Fingerprints put Biometrics Business at risk
  • Iris Scanners, Widely Used By US Military, Could Be Coming to a Police Department Near You
  • New Iris Recognition Tech Could Make It Easier to Catch Criminals
  • Three Reasons Why Iris Recognition will Revolutionize Border Management
  • Biometrics Emerge as Passcode Alternative
  • Eye-scanning tech used to track terrorists adapted to help find missing children
  • Your Eyes will Unlock Everything
  • Iris Scanner can identify you in REFLECTIONS: Minority Report-style tech can be used up to 40ft away
  • Eye-Scanners used to track terrorists adapted to help search for missing children like Madeleine McCann
  • If we go to biometric IDs, will hackers try to steal your face?
  • Iris Eye Scanners Getting Longer Range
  • Embracing Big Brother: How Facial Recognition Could Help Fight Crime
  • Savvides Talks Facial Recognition Software on CNN
  • Faces in a crowd
  • A Face in the Crowd: Say goodbye to anonymity
  • The Case for Biometrics
  • Cellphone authentication
  • New Tech Can ID you by your Eyes from 40ft Away
  • Nothin's Ever Free. Read the Fine Print. Did you just give it away?
  • CyLab seeks top map poisonous plants for better treatment
  • Savvides develops facial, iris recognition
  • School Districts Turns To Biometrics For Students Paying
  • Iris Scanner Identifies a Person 40 Feet Away
  • CyLab Honored for Long-Distance Iris Scanner
  • Carnegie Mellon Today, “Faces in the Crowd”
  • No Face to Hide
  • “Hallucinating” a face, new software could have ID’d Boston bomber
  • Hallucinating a face, new software could have ID’d Boston bomber
  •  Marios  Savvides

    Research Area

    Signals and Systems


    Biometric identification, Cyber-Physical Security, Authentication, Pattern recognition


    PhD, 2004
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Carnegie Mellon University

    MS, 2000
    Carnegie Mellon University

    BEng, 1997
    Microelectronics Systems Engineering
    University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology