Apr 20 2016 Posted: 10:20 IST

The biology behind the concept of identical twins will be the focus of an NUI Galway talk on Monday, 25 April from 1-2pm. The talk will be delivered by Professor Kevin Bowyer of the University of Notre Dame who will also survey what is known about the ability of biometrics to distinguish between identical twins.  

Professor Bowyer is Schubmehl-Prein Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Notre Dame and a Golden Core Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society. He is also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer associated with the IEEE Biometrics Council. His research interests range broadly over computer vision and pattern recognition, including biometrics and data mining and he is a leading authority on iris biometrics.

The ability to distinguish between identical twins is often thought of as a “stress test” for biometric recognition, and the legal system occasionally needs to distinguish between identical twins. This talk will briefly discuss the biology behind the concept of identical twins, and will then survey what is known about the ability of biometrics to distinguish between identical twins. Professor Bowyer will focus primarily on face, fingerprint and iris biometrics, but will touch on a number of other biometric modalities as well.

The talk will take place in room G017 in the Engineering Building, NUI Galway.

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