By Nicole Capozziello
Published July 1, 2020
Aditya Singh Rathore, a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, received the best paper award at the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys’20).
MobiSys is a top conference in the computer science field and “seeks to present innovative and significant research on the design, implementation, usage, and evaluation of mobile computing and wireless systems, applications, and services.”
The paper, “SonicPrint: A Generally Adoptable and Secure Fingerprint Biometrics in Smart Devices,” by Rathore, Weijin Zhu, Afee Daiyan, Chenhan Xu, Kun Wang, Feng Lin, Kui Ren and Wenyao Xu, introduces a new technology for hearing, rather than seeing, fingerprints.
While physical fingerprints have been widely adopted in a variety of technological applications, their security can be a concern.
“Our mobile sensor system allows us to transfer an individual’s fingerprint pattern into a unique sound for personal identification,” says Wenyao Xu, associate professor of computer science and engineering.
The new auditory technology represents an improvement in security and can be used on smartphones and other personal devices.
“The common element between this paper and my other work, PrinTracker, is to prevent attackers from compromising a device’s security while making sure that our proposed technology is cost-effective, non-invasive and socially acceptable,” says Rathore.
According to the conference technical program committee, overall paper submissions were of especially high quality, coming from research groups at top universities around the world. Rathore’s paper was selected from a pool of 175 submissions.
"There have been many innovative ways to authenticate a user on our mobile devices. This work takes it to the next level. I congratulate the team on receiving this well-deserved award,” says Chunming Qiao, SUNY Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Over 850 researchers, scientists, scholars and IT professionals from around 50 countries participated in the virtual event, which was hosted in Toronto, Canada from June 16-19, 2020.
For more information on Rathore’s research, see his presentation video.