March 30, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Biometrics Center has been named a finalist in this year’s Edison Awards in the category of Applied Technology.
Since 2008, the Edison Awards have recognized products, institutions and business leaders showing excellence in innovation, with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla/SpaceX, and Yang Yuanqing, CEO of Lenovo among those recognized.
“I'm very proud to see the innovative technology my students and I have developed recognized by the Edison Awards,” said Marios Savvides, research professor of electrical and computer engineering and founder and director of the CyLab Biometrics Center. “Receiving this award and seeing our technology being used by law enforcement and making an impact is very gratifying.”
Savvides’ biometrics center is developing tools that use “bio-metrics,” such as the iris of an eye or the shape of one’s face, to identify people. Much like how law enforcement agencies can identify a person by their unique fingerprint, Savvides’ high-powered long-range iris cameras can identify a person by their unique iris, but from up to 40 feet away and within a few seconds.
“We’re pushing the limits of current biometric identification technology,” said Savvides.
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