What is a
A biometric is a physical or behavioral characteristic that can be used to identify a
person. Our biometrics research program is focused primarily on iris
recognition. We are developing new computer algorithms for iris
recognition, and evaluating these for performance and speed. We are
also porting the algorithms to microprocessor systems.
Why are biometrics systems important?
Since 9/11, our nation has realized that our safety is at greater risk than
ever before. With biometrics systems in place at our nation's
borders, airports, office buildings, etc.--we are taking the extra
steps necessary to preserve the safety of our country and its
citizens. Biometrics systems are also used in business to
preserve proprietary information, provide local access control for employees, and to maintain a safe work
The Iris Recognition Project at SMU
Dr. Delores M. Etter has partnered with her
colleagues from the United States Naval Academy to collaborate on an
open architecture design for collecting irises for biometrics
databases. Through this collaboration, SMU students are able to
learn and work with sophisticated iris recognition systems and the
algorithms that ensure accuracy of the data collection.
SMU students will travel to Annapolis this summer to participate in a
two-week project related to the iris recognition research. The
students will have the opportunity to visit with industry experts and
government specialists working on real issues related to national