BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Subtle differences in the ways that individuals
look, walk, write and speak -- known as biometrics -- will be the
subject of the Fourth IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers) Workshop on Automatic Identification Advanced
Technologies to be held Oct. 17-18 at the University at
The international conference, "AutoID 2005," is the only one
that the IEEE holds on biometrics, the science of identifying
individuals based on their physical, chemical or behavioral
characteristics, and the basis of critical technologies for
strengthening homeland security.
Hosted by UB's Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS)
and sponsored by the Calspan-UB Research Center (CUBRC) and
UltraScan Corp., it will be held in the Center for Tomorrow on the
UB North (Amherst) Campus.
On Oct. 18, at 8:15 a.m., Rama Chellappa, Ph.D., Minta Martin
Professor of Engineering from the University of Maryland, College
Park, will deliver the keynote address on "Biometrics for Remote
Surveillance: Recent Advances in Face and Gait-Based Person
Identification." The talk will focus on methods of identifying
individuals from a surveillance camera, a critical application for
public spaces or crowded environments such as airports.
Russell W. Bissette, M.D., executive director of the New York
State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR),
will deliver the banquet address on "Biometrics and Homeland
Security" at 6 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Top of the Falls Restaurant
in Niagara Falls.
Sessions and posters will cover new research in different
biometrics ranging from the way people write, talk, look or even
the way they walk to new ways of preserving the privacy of
biometric data. Research on RFID, Radio Frequency Identification,
where electronic tags can replace conventional barcodes, and fusion
of biometric modalities, in which two or more biometrics are
combined, also will be presented.
Venu Govindaraju, Ph.D., UB professor of computer science,
director of CUBS and the conference chair, will report on
computational methods of extracting specific features from facial
images in order to better identify them.
UB researchers also will present research on computationally
detecting patterns in voices of individuals to determine their
native languages and geographic origin.
The workshop has attracted international speakers and attendees
from corporations including IBM, Mitre Corp., Siemens USA and
Samsung, and universities including Carnegie Mellon University,
MIT, the University of Notre Dame, Jinlan University of China, the
University of Sweden and others in the U.K., Brazil and
For further information, go to http://www.cubs.buffalo.edu/autoid
or call 716-645-6164 ext. 114.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the
State University of New York.