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The FBI and West Virginia University Team Up to Perfect Biometric Hell

Changing the way biometric technology is used worldwide is the goal of a study which will pay West Virginia University students for data collection. WVU needs participants for a 45-minute study for data collection processes such as background information, fingerprints, pictures, archival photos, video and audio recordings. Students are paid $40 if they participate. "In 45 minutes, they are participating in a project that could have a huge impact on how identification technology is used in the future," said Jeremy Dawson, research assistant professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Students can help to further this research by donating their data and helping to further identification research so they are more effective. Biometrics is the study of unique human traits that could be used by the FBI to identify individuals in groups are under surveillance. "WVU is the academic liaison for the FBI's biometric center of excellence," Dawson said "We are doing this data collection to give them new data sets for Next Generation Trait studies to improve the recognition capability of these types of identification sources." WVU is very strong in biometrics and often works with different businesses and government departments, as well as other universities, he said. "We are becoming a leader in biometric research," said Joan Caridi, public relations representative for the Center for Identification Technology Research. "I think biometrics as a whole is becoming the way of the future."

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