National Biometric Security Project and Carnegie Mellon University to Jointly Advance Usage of Biometric Technologies

The National Biometric Security Project and Carnegie Mellon University announced that they have a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on developing advanced biometric technologies to help deter terrorist and criminal activity. The new collaboration will focus on identifying and resolving new biometric challenges, as well as joint participation in industry symposia, developing and distributing reports about biometric related topics and conducting technology testing and evaluation at NBSPˇs West Virginia-based laboratories.


¨Because of Carnegie Mellonˇs reputation for excellence in engineering technology, it is an ideal complement to NBSPˇs efforts to accelerate the growth, acceptance and use of biometric technologies,ˇˇ said Michael Yura, Sr.Vice President of NBSP. "We look forward to working with them to conduct studies on biometric technology, usage, biometric curricula development and the legal, social and policy issues that may arise from large scale deployment of biometrics."


Pradeep Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellonˇs College of Engineering and co-founder of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, said biometrics is one of the leading security technologies of this century. "For more than two decades, our university research in many new areas of information technology and cybersecurity makes this an excellent research match."


Since 2005, more than 100 researchers at Carnegie Mellon CyLab have been working to develop new technologies for trustworthy and sustainable computing and communication systems.


"We are also developing advanced state-of-the art biometrics systems to augment face and iris recognition," said Marios Savvides, a research assistant professor in Carnegie Mellonˇs Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and director of the Biometrics, Security, Research, Engineering and Training lab (BIOSECRET) at Carnegie Mellon. University researchers working on the development of advanced face and iris matching are also studying techniques on cancelable biometric encryption where instead of storing a sample of oneˇs fingerprint or iris in a database in raw form, you can use your fingerprint or iris to encrypt or code some other information like a pin number, account number or another biometric.


Carnegie Mellon CyLab is an effort to create a public-private partnership to develop new technologies for measurable, available, secure, trustworthy, and sustainable computing and communications systems and to educate individuals at all levels. CyLab works closely with the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC), a leading, internationally recognized center of Internet security expertise. Through its connection to the CERT/CC, CyLab also works closely with US-CERT - a partnership between the Department of Homeland Securityˇs National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) and the private sector - to protect our national information infrastructure.

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