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FBI requests help from university for biometrics study

Thursday, April 14, 2011

West Virginia University in Morgantown and the FBI are collaborating in a biometrics data collection study that could help change the way biometric technology is used. For students, it means a quick $40 for a 45-minute study covering background information, fingerprints, pictures, archival photos, video and audio recordings.

“In 45 minutes, they are participating in a project that could have a huge impact on how identification technology is used in the future,” said a WVU assistant professor.


WVU is the academic liaison for the FBI’s biometric center of excellence. “We are doing this data collection to give them new data sets for next generation trait studies to improve the recognition capability of these types of identification sources,” the professor said.

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