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The Schubmehl-Prein Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, his research interests touch on various aspects of biometrics, data mining, computer vision, pattern recognition, applications to medical imaging, ethics and computing, and computer science education. He has made numerous advances in multiple areas of biometrics, including iris recognition, face recognition, and multi-biometric methods. In 1980 he earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science, from Duke University, Durham, NC. He is serving as General Chair of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Automated Face and Gesture Recognition and also as General Chair of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Biometrics Theory, Applications and Systems. He was previously General Chair of the 2011 International Joint Conference on Biometrics, Program Chair of the 2011 Automated Face and Gesture Recognition conference, a founding General Chair of the IEEE Biometrics Theory Applications and Systems conference series, and a past EIC of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and the IEEE Biometrics Compendium. He is a member of the Editorial Board for IEEE Access, IEEE's first "rapid publication, open access, maga-journal", which received a 2015 PROSE award for Best New Journal in Science, Technology and Medicine. He is a Fellow of the IAPR, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Golden Core member of the IEEE Computer Society and received a 2014 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award "for pioneering contributions to the science and engineering of biometrics".
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    Developer who has made advances in numerous areas of computer vision and pattern recognition, data mining and biometrics, including iris recognition and face recognition
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