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agenda - Day 2: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast & Exhibits

8:30 a.m.
Chairperson's Opening Of Day Two

Samir Nanavati, Partner


8:45 a.m.
Standards Update: New Developments On Exchanging Biometric Data From NIST

The ANSI/NIST-ITL standard was updated in 2011 to include new features and modalities, including DNA. This version of the standard is forming the basis for the new FBI, DHS, DoD, and INTERPOL transmission profiles. But the work is not yet done!

Working groups have been formed to address voice recognition as well as dental forensics and bitemark analysis. In addition, an annex to the standard is in preparation that will include conformity assessment assertions.

This session will discuss the challenges presented in developing an international standard for these new modalities and also cover the concept of how conformity assessment is different from a base standard.

Attend this session as we reveal the major standards changes and examine how they impact the effective use of biometrics in your organization.  You won’t want to miss this up-to-the-minute, insider exclusive!

Brad Wing, Biometrics Standards Coordinator, Information Access Division


9:30 a.m.

How To Validate The Viability, Performance, And Operational Effectiveness Of Multimodal Biometrics

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the United States Naval Academy, initiated the Iris-Face Technical Demonstration (IFTD) and Evaluation at the United States Border Patrol (USBP) McAllen Station facility in Texas in October 2010.
The goal of this project was to validate the viability, performance, and operational effectiveness of iris and facial capture technology of illegal aliens apprehended and detained by USBP in McAllen. The motivation for consideration of iris in DHS applications is based on the possibility to rapidly capture an accurate biometric and to execute a rapid identification. The operational trial was conducted by USBP agents, with data collection being done alongside the current fingerprint and face image collection. Approximately five hundred persons were imaged over a two week period.

This session will provide you with a first-hand look at how to implement multimodal biometric technologies into your organization as well as a thorough examination of the possible benefits, including:
  • How you can pursue advanced multimodal biometrics—iris scans, facial recognition, and other technologies—to meet future requirements for increased reliability, efficiency, flexibility, and security, and to further improve information sharing and support increased levels of mobility and the challenges that presents
  • Why these technologies will be able to fulfill capability and performance demands we all will face in the coming decade, including functionality, availability, flexibility, scalability, and affordability
  • Ways to leverage new tools, technologies, and approaches to integrate your biometric and biographic applications into a comprehensive set of automated services
  • The adoption of compatible standards for collecting, storing, transmitting, and matching biometric data, which will ultimately result in improved security and facilitated travel worldwide

Will Graves, Chief Biometrics Officer

10:15 a.m.
Morning Refreshment, Networking Break & Exhibits


10:45 a.m.
Real-Time Face Recognition Technologies For Video-Surveillance Applications: Challenges And Solutions To Take Your Efforts To The Next Level

Face recognition systems (FRS) have been shown to be successful in semi-automated applications, where the final recognition decision is made by a human analyst based on rank-based matches provided by the FRS. They have also showed promise for fully-automated applications, in which pre-enrolled users provide a high-quality ICAO-compliant photo and collaborate in the recognition process (as in e-Gate with e-Passport). However, FRS's have not yet been found suitable for general surveillance applications, where non-enrolled people need to be identified in the video-feeds coming from regular surveillance cameras installed in public places. There is no reported surveillance system capable of performing real-time fully-automated Instant Face Recognition (iFR) or any other type of Face Recognition in Video (FRiV). Such systems are desirable for organizations with thousands of video cameras installed in airports and other public places.

Under the funding from the Department of National Defence’s Center for Security Science, the Science and Engineering directorate of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA-S&E) has undertaken a study called PROVE-IT (FRiV) aimed at investigating the maturity of FR technologies that are applicable for real-time identification of individuals using video cameras.

The evaluated FRiV applications include:
  • Triaging of faces according to their resemblance to a Wanted List
  • Fusion of face recognition from different cameras while tracking a person
  • Face recognition-assisted tracking
  • Matching a face/person across several video feeds
  • Multimodal recognition, e.g., face and voice, face and iris recognition
  • Soft-biometric based tracking/recognition techniques
This session will provide you with the information needed to successfully enhance your FR technologies, as well as what you need to know about FRiV technologies, including:
  • Which FRiV technologies have technology readiness level (TRL) higher than 5 (ie. ready for pilot)
  • Which face processing components and factors contribute to the success of the FRiV solution
  • How to evaluate and tune the performance of commercial FR products for video surveillance applications

Dmitry O. Gorodnichy, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist,
Manager Video Surveillance and Biometrics Section


11:30 a.m.
How To Successfully Train Personnel To Collect Quality Biometric Information In Any Environment

As governments and businesses around the world increasingly rely on biometrics to help secure access, this informational session will focus not only on the type of equipment used by the U.S. Navy, but also their processes. The biometric collection processes used to train are not for access control but for identification purposes by law enforcement and military personnel.

Discover how to train your personnel to capture biometrics from willing subjects, non-willing but compliant subjects, and postmortem collection.  In addition, you will learn how to train your operators to ensure quality biometrics are captured expediently. 

From biometric capture in a different culture, to mug shots and matching against a watch list, to even postmortem collection, this session will provide you with the factors to consider when training your organization to gather biometrics from subjects, including how to:

  • Collect biometrics from willing and resistive personnel in austere environments
  • Collect biometrics no matter the language or cultural barrier
  • Differentiate between good quality and poor quality fingerprints, mug shots and irises
  • Create and manage Electronic Biometric Transmission Specification files and watch lists
  • Submit the data to different government agencies for matching against their watch lists

James Flippen, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren
Maritime Protection and Security Engineering Branch Z-12

12:15 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own -- But Not Alone!

Join a group of your colleagues for a themed lunch with an informal discussion surrounding a specific topic. Take this opportunity to join others in a small, interactive group setting to network and brainstorm solutions to your most pressing biometrics concerns.

1:45 p.m.

Group Exercise: Brainstorm Solutions And New Ideas You Can Use

You asked for it, you got it! Interact and discuss solutions to your most pressing biometric challenges with your fellow attendees and our experienced speakers. You will leave with new tools and hands-on experience and ideas for more successfully applying best practices to your own organization's initiatives.


2:25 p.m.
Understanding How Important And Possible Eye Detection And Face Recognition Are When Performed Using Face Images Acquired Under Challenging Conditions

West Virginia University (WVU) is the lead academic partner with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Biometric Center of Excellence (FBI BCOE) responsible for conducting research projects aiming to improve the nation’s law enforcement capabilities. WVU is also the founding site for CITeR, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry and University Cooperative Research Center (I / UCRC), with a mission to advance technology in the areas of biometric systems and credibility assessment. CITeR’s portfolio of activities achieve this mission through cross-cutting research of emerging enabling technologies, interdisciplinary training of scientists and engineers, and facilitation of technology transfer to the private and public sectors through its affiliates. Some of these activities include:

  • Eye detection in the visible and infrared bands
  • Face recognition at night
  • Cross-spectral face recognition in heterogeneous environments
You will leave this session with new information and understanding on how important, and possible, eye detection and face recognition are when performed using face images acquired under challenging conditions. This information-packed session will highlight the lessons learned, the pay-offs, and an insider’s vision on the future directions of face-based human identification.

Thirimachos Bourlai, Research Assistant Professor

3:10 p.m.
Afternoon Refreshment, Networking Break & Exhibits


3:25 p.m.
Using Multi-Modal Biometrics To Enhance The Public Safety Sector:
Securing And Tracking The Identification Of Prisoners And Visitors

Due to increasing crime rates, correctional facilities are finding it difficult to securely manage the ever-growing number of identification records for prisoners and visitors. Proper identification of inmates prior to release is critical to public safety, and often times, over-populated and under-staffed jails may release unauthorized inmates due to human error or to inmates swapping ID bracelets with other inmates. Multi-modal biometric identification solutions provide a fail-safe way to properly manage correctional facilities. By using biometric identification at key areas throughout a detention center, the management system can track inmate and visitor movements throughout the day. Inmate and visitor whereabouts can be determined at any time, which increases accountability and in turn, increases overall jail security and safety.

Sharing experiences of how biometrics has evolved in the public safety sector, this session will focus on the functionality and advantages of using multi-modal biometric identification in detention centers for inmate and visitor management, including:
  • How to deploy biometric identification for prisoner and visitor identification within a facility
  • Why liabilities inherent with identity management in the public safety sector are virtually eliminated with biometric identification
  • Using accurate and efficient multi-modal biometric technology to track and control visitor registration and inmate intake, release, medicine dispersal and location

Mr. Anthony Bambocci, CEO

Mizan Rahman, Founder and CEO

4:10 p.m.

Learn The Methodology Of Conducting Surveys And The Topics To Pinpoint When Considering A Biometrics Program For Your Organization

Hear first-hand about the ongoing survey of national level Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) programs across 10+ Caribbean countries. Surveys are conducted as a preliminary step towards eventual fielding of national AFIS systems intended to facilitate improved law enforcement and immigration coordination in the battle against transnational crime and implementation of anti-terrorism measures. This session will provide you with the methodology of conducting a survey and the topic areas important to discern for any organization considering implementing a fingerprint (or other biometric program), including:

  • Insight (via real world vignettes) into survey methodology that is derived from the end goals of the eventual programs
  • Important do's and don't of surveying any organizations digital fingerprint capabilities
  • Access to the originators of the survey program and Q&A with the on ground survey team

Jerry Jackson Jr., Biometrics and Identity Management
Mission Analystics and Solutions


4:55 p.m.
Chairperson's Recap:
Key Takeaways And What To Do When You Get Back To The Office

We'll recap the highlights of the past two days and ask you to share key insights and next steps with the group.

5:10 p.m.
Close Of General Sessions

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