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DoD Awards $1.5 Million Grant for CyLab Iris Recognition Research

The CyLab Biometrics Lab, led by Marios Savvides, continues to make a significant contribution to this vital field; and in particular to the development of iris recognition systems.

Here is an excerpt from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, with a link to the full text:

Iris and face recognition soon could be the new fingerprints for criminal investigators and even U.S. troops, thanks in part to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

Though troops use iris-recognition technology in Iraq, targets must remain stationary for several seconds and at a distance of about 13 centimeters, roughly 5 inches, for the camera to work, said Marios Savvides, a CMU professor of electrical and computer engineering who directs the school's CyLab Biometrics Lab.

"We are improving the way we do forensic analysis," Savvides said. "We're providing tools so computers do this automatically."

The Department of Defense awarded $1.5 million in grants to Savvides and his team earlier this week to help them develop an iris-recognition system that instantly will identify unique iris markers in the eyes of people moving up to 13 meters away, or about 43 feet.

"This is a huge breakthrough," said Robert Baer, a former CIA operative, who is familiar with Savvides' work on real-time iris recognition. Baer's book, "See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism," was made into the 2005 film, "Syriana," starring George Clooney. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 4-19-09

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