Biometrics Center Will House New Pedo-Biometrics Research and Identity Automation Lab


July 23, 2012

Carnegie Mellon researchers at the new $1.5 million-per-year Pedo-Biometrics Research and Identity Automation Lab are teaming up with Autonomous ID, an Ottawa, Canada, company relocating operations to the U.S., to test insole sensory system prototypes for a variety of identification uses — from security to detecting the onset of diseases like diabetes and Parkinson's.

The CMU Pedo-Biometrics Lab, headed by Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Research Professor Marios Savvides, will provide the roadmap for scientific analysis and algorithm research and development for the new pedo-biometrics discipline, which uses a specially designed insole to monitor foot movement.

Vladimir Polotski, the chief science and technology officer of Autonomous ID, will work with CMU's Savvides and ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula to provide researchers with the instructional technology intrinsic to the emerging science of pedo-biometrics.

"This new collaboration is a wonderful way to showcase our ongoing work in the emerging field of biometrics and our growing commitment to integrate innovative lab work with the needs of industry," Bhagavatula said. "It also offers wonderful opportunities for fundamental research in pedo-biometrics with potential applications in medical diagnosis, forensic science, privacy, security and automation."

"The establishment of the Pedo-Biometrics Lab at CMU recognizes our technological achievements, and we look forward to exploring the new frontier at the university," said Polotski.

Todd Gray, chairman and president of Autonomous ID, said this new CMU lab gives his company the needed research and development boost to field trial the primary identity apparatus — dubbed BioSole — and its cloud-connected automation suite governing the access and use of controlled resources.

"The continuing threats to military personnel and critical infrastructure and the growing national cybersecurity vulnerabilities demand a new breed of credentialing technology, and what our group has achieved certainly puts a whole new spin on things," Gray said.

Savvides reports that the new lab will be housed at CMU and will complement his work in using the iris of the human eye as a fingerprint to trap cybercriminals.

"As a researcher and a professor, this new frontier is exciting. There is really no limit to what can be done with this new identity technology; I look forward to beginning."

Chriss Swaney

Associate Research Professor Marios Savvides (top) will head the CMU Pedo-Biometrics Lab, working closely with ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula (bottom).

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