NIST appoints biometric expert, Jain, to Forensic Science Standards Board
10 July 2014 21:14 GMT

After analyzing data from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Jain was able to use facial recognition software to identify one of the suspects.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, have named Michigan State University’s Anil Jain among the first 17 appointments to the Forensic Science Standards Board.

The newly developed organization is dedicated to identifying and fostering development and adoption of standards and guidelines for the nation’s forensic science community. Jain, University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering, has extensive experience in biometric recognition, computer vision and fingerprint-matching technology.

NIST specifically appointed five members of the academic research community to assist the other forensic experts on the new board. Subcommittees within the group will focus on specific disciplines, including DNA, toxicology, medico-legal death investigation, facial identification, latent fingerprints and firearms and toolmarks, among others.

"The appointments to the Forensic Science Standards Board essentially mark a transition from planning to doing," said NIST Acting Director Willie May. "After months of collaboration with the forensic science community, we are bringing to life this new organization that will have a positive impact on the practice of forensic science in the United States."

Jain previously served as a member of the Defense Science Board and the National Academies panels on Information Technology, Whither Biometrics and Improvised Explosive Devices. After analyzing data from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, he was able to use facial recognition software to identify one of the suspects from available forensic footage.

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