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Robert Rowe

VP Strategic Development, Imaging and Biometrics, HID Global – Lumidigm, USA


 

How Biometrics has Changed – an Algorithm Designer’s Perspective

  • Open and free publication of state-of-the-art methods and results enabling instantaneous dissemination and assimilation of best practices.
  • Powerful open-source software enabling the development and application of more sophisticated features than previously attainable.
  • Algorithmic methods such as deep learning that greatly reduce the domain expertise required by a development team to create sophisticated application-specific algorithmic software.


This talk will address the ways in which current practices in R&D and software development have dramatically changed how commercial biometric algorithmic software is developed and incorporated into commercial applications. The current practice of freely and rapidly publishing state-of-the-art methods and results, often along with the software and databases used to generate the results, ensures that a development team can quickly learn current methods in new fields. The availability of powerful open-source software for machine learning, and especially deep learning, provides a means for developing and deploying powerful algorithms in commercial applications. Furthermore, because of the nature of deep learning, the commonality of algorithms across different application domains is high and the need for specific domain knowledge is greatly reduced. Finally, machine-learning methods often enable a development team to replicate the results produced by third-party ‘black-box’ software algorithms such as feature extractors and matchers without the need to reverse-engineer or otherwise understand the operations of the proprietary software. Taken together, these changes suggest that the source of business value in biometrics is changing.


Examples of the foregoing will be provided and the business implications will be discussed.


Biography
Rob Rowe currently leads a team of data scientists developing artificial intelligence software for diverse applications within HID Global and HID’s parent corporation, Assa Abloy. Rob joined HID when Lumidigm was acquired in 2014. Rob was a co-founder and CTO of Lumidigm and was the technical visionary for many of Lumidigm’s break-through products and technologies.

Rob has been a technology thought-leader in a variety of industries including biometrics, healthcare, automotive, and military technology. He is listed as an inventor on more than 60 US patents and patent applications and is an author of numerous technical papers and book chapters. Rob received a PhD in optics from the University of Arizona and a BS in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.


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