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2011-2012 Colloquium Series: Arun Ross

Look Into My Eyes: Recent Progress in Ocular Biometrics


Biometrics is the science of establishing human identity based on the physical and behavioral traits of an individual such as face, fingerprint, iris, hand, voice, and gait The automated process of comparing a pair of biometric signals (such as two iris images) and determining the probability that they belong to the same individual is a fascinating area of research. In particular, the use of the ocular region as a biometric trait has gained considerable attention primarily due to the rich distinctive texture observed on the iris surface. More recent research has also explored the use of the white of the eye (sclera) and the skin texture in the vicinity of the eye (the periocular region) for biometric recognition. This talk will examine the recent progress made in ocular biometrics by discussing our research on non-ideal ocular recognition; multispectral iris analysis; iris indexing; ocular recognition using sclera texture; periocular biometrics; and forensic aspects of iris recognition.


Arun Ross

Arun Ross is a Robert C. Byrd Associate Professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, and the Assistant Director of the NSF Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR). He received the B.E. (Hons.) degree in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, in 1996, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing, in 1999 and 2003,respectively. Between 1996 and 1997, he was with the Design and Development Group of Tata Elxsi (India) Ltd., Bangalore, India. He also spent three summers (2000 - 2002) with the Imaging and Visualization Group of Siemens Corporate Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ, working on fingerprint recognition algorithms. His research interests include pattern recognition, classifier fusion, machine learning, computer vision, and biometrics. He is actively involved in the development of biometrics and pattern recognition curricula at West Virginia University. He received the West Virginia University Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2011. He is the coauthor of the textbook “Introduction to Biometrics” and the monograph “Handbook of Multibiometrics”, and the co-editor of “Handbook of Biometrics”. Arun is a recipient of NSF's CAREER Award and was designated a Kavli Frontier Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security.