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MSU CSE Colloquium Series 2014-2015: Kevin Bowyer Title: Iris Recognition and De-Duplication of the Voting Register In Somaliland

Dr. Kevin W. Bowyer
Schubmehl-Prein Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Notre Dame

Time: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015, 11am
Location: EB 3105


This talk discusses the use of iris recognition technology to “de-duplicate” a trial voter registration list for the country of Somaliland.  De-duplication refers to identifying multiple registration records that belong to the same person.  De-duplication is needed in order to achieve a “one person – one vote” election.  The voter registration list for the 2010 Somaliland election, created using fingerprint and face matching, was determined to contain an unacceptably large number of instances of duplicate registrations.  Iris recognition technology uses the texture pattern of the iris to create a unique identifier for a person.  A combination of automated iris matching and manual examination of instances where the automated matching result was ambiguous resulted in 100% correct identification of multiple-registration attempts in the Somaliland trial voter registration dataset.


Kevin Bowyer is the Schubmehl-Prein Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Bowyer's research interests touch on various aspects of computer vision and pattern recognition, including biometrics and data mining. He is a Fellow of the IAPR, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Golden Core member of the IEEE Computer Society and received a 2014 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award "for pioneering contributions to the science and engineering of biometrics".

Professor Bowyer is serving as General Chair of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Automated Face and Gesture Recognition. He was previously General Chair of the 2011 International Joint Conference on Biometrics, Program Chair of the 2011 Automated Face and Gesture Recognition conference, a founding General Chair of the IEEE Biometrics Theory Applications and Systems conference series, and a past EIC of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and the IEEE Biometrics Compendium. Professor Bowyer is a member of the Editorial Board for IEEE Access, IEEE's first "rapid publication, open access, maga-journal".


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