All Eyes on Facial Recognition


July 17, 2002

ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula demonstrated facial recognition research at the Optical Society of America's annual meeting in Tucson, AZ last month. Verifying the identity of a user is critical for security applications such as e-commerce, access control, and surveillance, according to Bhagavatula. For example, in an interview with CBS TV, he said this technology could be used in a plane's cockpit to confirm a pilot's identity. If there wasn't a match, the plane would then be programmed to fly on autopilot. The iris, fingerprint, and voice can also be used as biometrics to identify and authenticate a user.

Read more about Professor Bhagavatula's biometric recognition research.