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CESCA Day 2013

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April 20, 2013 (Sat)  9:45am - 5:15pm

Brush Mountain Room (3rdFloor) in Squires Student Center 
Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

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The 4th annual CESCA Day was held this year on Saturday, April 20, on the Blacksburg campus.  The day consisted of research presentations, poster sessions, and other events.  The keynote address was provided by Kevin Bowyer, Department Chair of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.  

Attention Students!  CESCA Awards opportunities are available for You

CESCA Best Presentation:  You are encouraged to participate in the “Best Presentation” competition if you are eligible (having published a conference or journal paper in the past year). The competition has two rounds. In Round 1, students pitch their research in 2-minute, no-slides talks (elevator speeches). Selected finalists will compete in Round 2 where they give 10-minute, slide-driven presentations. The best presenter will be given an award, and a $100 gift card.

CESCA Outstanding Student Award:  If you are eligible for the “CESCA Outstanding Student Award” (having published 5 first-author conference or journal papers), please notify the Award Chair, Dr. Chao Wang (Email).  The winner(s) of this award will be chosen by the CESCA faculty members.  

CESCA Day Best Poster Award:  Students who participate in the poster sessions during our annual CESCA Day event will be eligible for competing for this award. The winner -- one per year -- will be decided jointly by the CESCA faculty members.

CESCA Outstanding Service Award:  Students who have made significant contributions to improving the academic, research, educational, and social environment of CESCA will be eligible for competing for this award.  The recipient -- one per year -- will be decided jointly by the CESCA faculty members.

Keynote Presentation: Professor Kevin Bowyer from University of Notre Dome (flyer) (video)


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The Effect of Contact Lenses on Iris Recognition Accuracy

Abstract:  This talk will (a) introduce iris recognition as a means of verifying a person’s identity, (b) outline how contact lenses affect the accuracy of iris recognition, and (c) discuss results of algorithms developed to automatically detect whether or not the eye in an iris image is wearing a contact lens. We consider clear, prescription contact lenses, as well as “cosmetic” or “textured” lenses. Automatic detection of the presence of textured lenses is especially important because they can be used to "spoof" identity verification. This talk should be understandable to persons not working in biometrics or computer vision.

Speaker:  Kevin Bowyer is the Schubmehl-Prein Professor and the Department Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He has made advances in many areas of biometrics research, including iris recognition, face recognition, and multi-biometric methods. His research group has been active in support of a variety of government-sponsored biometrics programs, including the Human ID Gait Challenge, the Face Recognition Grand challenge, the Iris Challenge Evaluation, the Face Recognition Vendor Test 2006, and the Multiple Biometric Grand Challenge. 

Professor Bowyer has served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and of the IEEE Biometrics Compendium. He also served as the General Chair of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 IEEE International Conference on Biometrics Theory Applications and Systems, and the 2011 International Joint Conference on Biometrics, and as Program Chair of the 2011 Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition conference. 

Professor Bowyer is a Fellow of the IAPR and of the IEEE and a Golden Core Member of the IEEE Computer Society. His latest book is the Handbook of Iris Recognition.


For more information about CESCA Day, please contact Dr. Lynn Abbott (Email) or Dr. Chao Wamg (Email)

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