The Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR) at West Virginia University is an industry and university research cooperative that receives funding through affiliates for researching biometrics and identification technologies, says Bojan Cukic, director at the center.
The center has been in existence for nine years and affiliates include 14 different government agencies and some of the largest biometric systems integrators which direct the center on what research to perform, Cukic says.
The center has performed research defining quality metrics for all biometric modalities as well as the degradation of iris biometrics when a quality image is not captured, among other topics as well.
Stephanie Schuckers, associate professor of electrical and computing engineering at Clarkson University, explains some of the research underway at the center, including molecular biometrics which includes rapid DNA testing. “We’re looking at the molecular analysis where decisions are made automatically and looking at those decisions and the validity of the decisions,” she says.
The center is also looking at how biometrics can be integrated into social networking and cyber identities, how individuals protect an identity online and use it to create a trusted link to someone else.