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2010-2011 CSE Lecture Series


Title: Face Processing: The Complex Nature of the Face

Dr. Karl Ricanek Jr
Director of Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in Identity Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Date:   April 29, 2011
Time:  10:20 am
Room: 1279 Anthony Hall

Biometrics are quickly becoming a normal occurrence in our daily lives with a variety of implementations seen in banks and grocery stores, on personal computers and cell phones, and in safeguarding national borders. The face is an often-used biometric modality due to its ease of access and social acceptance. A good biometric should be one that captures a physical or behavior trait that is stable over time. However, is the face stable over time? This talk will examine the human face and the morphological changes that it undergoes from birth to senescence by exploring the large structural and texture changes that take place and techniques used to model this aging process. Further, this talk will present research from the Face Aging Group ( for modeling the aging process of the face, and thereby enhancing face recognition, and developing accurate age-estimation and gender determination systems based on the diachronic nature of the face.