Kevin Bowyer

Kevin Bowyer

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Schubmehl-Prein Professor and Department Chair of Computer Science and Engineering

Office: 384 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering
Phone: 574-631-9978

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Biometrics, data mining, computer vision, ethics and computing

Bowyer pursues research in biometrics and data mining. Along with colleague Patrick Flynn, professor of computer science and engineering, he has been researching the feasibility of image-based biometrics and multi-biometrics since 2001, including first-of-kind comparisons of face photographs, face thermograms, 3-D face images, iris images, videos of human gait, and even ear and hand shapes. The effort has enabled Bowyer and Flynn to assemble the largest database of multi-modal biometrics in the world. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, federal agencies have frequently used Bowyer and Flynn’s research and expertise to obtain objective analysis of commercial biometrics technologies. Bowyer was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for “contributions to algorithms for recognizing objects in images.” He is the author of “Ethics and Computing: Living Responsibly in A Computerized World.”


Bowyer discusses iris biometrics and its potential.


Biometrics Research


Notre Dame biometrics expert is helping to ensure an honest election in Somaliland
Kevin Bowyer to receive IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award
Notre Dame researchers point to errors in NIST report on iris aging
Notre Dame computer vision experts develop ‘questionable observer detector’
Twins are intriguing subjects for Notre Dame biometrics researchers
Biometrics researchers coauthor report on facial recognition technology


RedOrbit — Your next password could be your brain waves
New Scientist — Your brain’s unique response to words can reveal your identity
MIT Technology Review — Unlock Your Computer and Websites with a Glance
Huffington Post Canada — How Facial Recognition Technology Is Creeping Into Daily Life
Somaliland Sun — Somaliland: Computer Science Professor Aids Country’s Election with Biometric Technology
New Scientist — Iris register to eyedentify voting fraud in Somaliland
New Scientist — Touchscreen phones know it’s you from taps and swipes
Popular Science — With Nymi Wristband, Your Heartbeat Unlocks Your Devices
New Scientist — Lines on the face help pick out the twin who dunnit
PopSci — Store Your Housekey In the Cloud And Cut Copies On Demand
NBC News — Your finger swipe could become your password
Business News Daily — Do What You Love: Notre Dame’s Top Computer Scientist
UPI — Study: Aging can effect eye ‘recognition’
New Scientist — Software could spot face-changing criminals
New Scientist — Ageing irises could confound biometric checks