New biometrics researchers handbook from WVU professor

West Virginia University issued the following news release:

A West Virginia University faculty member recently co-edited a handbook for students and researchers in the growing field of biometrics.

Arun Ross, an assistant professor in WVU's Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, is co-editor of the "Handbook of Biometrics," which features individual chapters written by prominent researchers in the field.

"The past five years have seen a significant growth in biometric research, resulting in the development of innovative sensors, efficient algorithms and enhanced testing methods," Ross said. "This book embodies the fundamentals as well as the latest advances in biometrics."

Biometrics technology uses physical and behavioral traits such as fingerprints, face, voice and hand geometry to establish the identity of an individual. The field is rapidly growing with applications ranging from accessing computers and paying for groceries to being permitted to cross a border.

The handbook is designed for professionals, practitioners and researchers in biometrics, pattern recognition and computer security. It can be used as a primary textbook for undergraduate classes in biometrics and as a secondary or reference book for advanced students.

Ross co-edited the 556-page hardcover with Anil K. Jain of Michigan State University and Patrick Flynn from the University of Notre Dame. It was published by Springer in late 2007 and is available online at

WVU has comprehensive integrative research and education programs in biometrics and is known worldwide for its identification technology research.

The University's Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR) advances biometric systems through research of new technologies and interdisciplinary training of scientists and engineers, and facilitates the transfer of new biometrics technology to the private and government sectors through its membership.

Ross is one of the key faculty members conducting biometrics research for CITeR. Along with CITeR founding director Larry Hornak, he has been instrumental in establishing the Multibiometric Data Collection Laboratory at WVU.

Ross, Hornak and CITeR co-director Bojan Cukic won a Major Research Instrumentation Program grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that has enabled their department to obtain state-of-the-art biometric sensors for research and education.

Ross recently received the NSF's Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) for his research in biometrics. He co-authored the 2006 "Handbook of Multibiometrics," also published by Springer.