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Distinguished Lecture Series 2014/15 - Prof. Anil Jain

Prof. Anil Jain, University Distinguished Professor of the Michigan State University, visited the Department and delivered a Distinguished Lecture on “Biometric Recognition: Technology for Human Recognition” on 22 April 2015. Prof. Jain elaborated several existing challenges and new opportunities for person recognition using biometrics. He discussed how biometrics evolved from forensics and how its focus is now shifting back to its origin in order to solve some of the challenging problems in biometrics and forensic science. The lecture was full of constructive interaction and well received. Prof. Jain also shared his research insights with our research groups.

Anil K. Jain is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Michigan State University. He was appointed an Honorary Professor at Tsinghua University and WCU Distinguished Professor at Korea University. He received B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1969) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University in 1970 and 1973, respectively. His research interests include pattern recognition, computer vision and biometric recognition. His articles on biometrics have appeared in Scientific American, Nature, IEEE Spectrum, Comm. ACM, IEEE Computer1,2, Proc. IEEE1,2, Encarta, Scholarpedia, and MIT Technology Review.

He has received Guggenheim fellowship, Humboldt Research award, Fulbright fellowship, IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement award, IEEE W. Wallace McDowell award, IAPR King-Sun Fu Prize, IEEE ICDM Research Contribution Award, IAPR Senior Biometric Investigator Award, and the MSU Withrow Teaching Excellence Award for contributions to pattern recognition and biometrics. He is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, AAAS, IAPR and SPIE. He has been listed among the "18 Indian Minds Who are Doing Cutting Edge Work" in the fields of science and technology, and felicitated with the MSU 2014 Innovator of the Year Award.

Anil Jain has been assigned six U.S. patents on fingerprint recognition (transferred to IBM in 1999) and two Korean patents on surveillance. He has also licensed technologies to Safran Morpho, world's leading biometric company, that deal with law enforcement and homeland security applications. He was a consultant to India's Aadhaar program that provides a 12-digit unique ID number to Indian residents based on their fingerprint and iris data. He is currently serving as an advisor to the Brazilian National ID project.

He currently serves as a member of the Forensic Science Standards Board and is co-organizing a program on Forensics (2015-2016) at the Statistical and Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI).
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