4:00 p.m. GMT+8 (Hong Kong Time) Honorary Doctorate Distinguished Lecture

Learning to Recognize Fingerprints


Professor Anil Jain


30 November 2022 (Wednesday)


9:30 a.m. GMT+8 (Hong Kong Time)


Online via Zoom
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Professor Anil Jain

Doctor of Science, honoris causa (2022)



If you look closely at your fingertips, palms, or even at the bottom of your feet, you will notice that while the skin there is smooth, beautifully etched upon your skin are regularly spaced ridges and intervening valleys. This ridge-valley pattern is called the friction ridge pattern (also referred to as fingerprints, palmprints and footprints, respectively). Pioneering work by British scientists Fauld, Galton, and Henry established that fingerprints exhibit a unique pattern that persists over time. This set the stage for the development of Automatic Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) in the late 1970s that are now used by law enforcement agencies worldwide. The success of fingerprints in law enforcement and forensics coupled with growing concerns related to security, financial fraud, and identity theft has generated renewed interest in fingerprint recognition. Fingerprint-based authentication is now ubiquitous for curtailing identity theft, financial fraud and enhancing national security. Specific examples include unlocking mobile phones, making mobile payments, passing through immigration checkpoints, and accessing social benefits. Despite this tremendous progress, there are still several pressing and challenging issues pertaining to enhancing fingerprint image quality, robust and accurate fingerprint matching and search, and user data privacy and system security. Professor Anil Jain will present how new machine learning and artificial intelligence models are being used to address some of these challenges and to push the state of the art in fingerprint recognition.



Professor Anil Jain is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University. Jain is a recipient of the IAPR King-Sun Fu Prize and the Guggenheim, Humboldt and Fulbright, and IEEE W. Wallace McDowell awards. He is a co-author of Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition (2003, 2009, 2022 editions) published by Springer. Jain is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE. He was elected as a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering, The World Academy of Science and Foreign member of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Jain was awarded Honorary Doctorate from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.



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