Clarkson University researchers test latest iris recognition technology
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 9:24 am

CITER Director and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Stephanie Schuckers with graduate student David Yambay.

POTSDAM -- A team of Clarkson University researchers is testing cutting-edge iris recognition technology designed to foil attempts to fool it.

Clarkson’s Center of Identification Technology Research (CITeR), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, is co-hosting the Liveness Detection – Iris Competition this summer.

Clarkson, along with the University of Notre Dame and Warsaw University of Technology, have invited developers of iris recognition technology worldwide to submit their devices for the competition. The researchers will test the effectiveness of each device over the next couple of months and present their findings at a conference on biometrics this fall.

The competition will provide manufacturers of iris recognition technology with third-party validation of their work. It also gives government agencies and private-sector companies interested in purchasing the technology comprehensive data to make informed decisions.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Stephanie Schuckers, director of CITeR at Clarkson, is one of America’s top experts in biometric computer security. She recently testified before a U.S. House of Representatives joint hearing on the current and future applications of biometric technologies.

“In this field, we are one of the very few around the world doing this kind of thing,” Schuckers said. “We can get a good sense of how effective these emerging technologies are.”

Each piece of iris-reading technology will take several hundred pictures of the researchers’ eyes. The researchers will try to trick the technology by periodically slipping on patterned contact lenses that alter the eye.

Devices that measure, monitor, and identify humans and human intent are needed for a broad range of commercial and security applications. Biometric verifiers, like a fingerprint, voice, or iris are increasingly securing more and more of the electronic world.

CITeR performs research on emerging technologies, interdisciplinary training of scientists and engineers, and technology transfer to the private and government sectors through its affiliates.