Kevin W. Bowyer
Schubmehl-Prein Family Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, researchers across the United States became increasingly focused on the new and distinctive field of biometrics, that is, the measurement of certain stable physiological and/or behavioral characteristics that can be used to identify humans: fingerprints, faces, irises, gaits, even ear and hand shapes.
Notre Dame acquired a world expert in biometrics in 2001, when Bowyer joined the University as a founding co-director of the Computer Vision Research Lab. The lab has supplied multi-modal biometric databases for a multiple government programs, including the Face Recognition Grand Challenge and the Iris Challenge Evaluation.
The research of Bowyer and his co-director Patrick Flynn has become a foundational resource for government agencies and industry examining the feasibility of new biometric technologies.
Bowyer, who engages dozens of undergraduate and doctoral students in his laboratory, has received funding from the National Science Foundation, IARPA, the FBI, the Department of Justice, and many others. An elected Fellow of the IEEE and of the IAPR, his latest book is the Handbook of Iris Recognition.
This professorship was a gift of H. Edward Prein (’55) and June Schubmehl Prein, intended to memorialize June’s father, Raymond J. Schubmehl (’21), a member of the Notre Dame engineering faculty for 50 years.