Prof. Chengjun Liu's research in facial recognition is supported by the Department of Defense.
A new technology that can verify a person's identity using facial images is the goal of research by Chengjun Liu, assistant professor of computer science. He has developed a face recognition system that improves on previous technology by taking into account such factors as lighting and facial expressions. The system has tested 100 percent effective in matching videotaped images to those stored in government databases by comparing 62 features or facial landmarks. Such a technology can be used as a security system with facial identification replacing a physical key or a password. An effective face recognition system could also assist law enforcement officials in locating fugitives by means of video cameras strategically placed in public places such as airports. Liu recently received funding from the Department of Defense to support his research as part of the government's effort for combating terrorism using face recognition technologies.