For Immediate Release
March 22, 2002

Media Advisory

NJIT to Host Public Briefing on Biometrics Technology

WHAT: The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is hosting a public briefing on technology trends and funding in the field of biometrics. The program, sponsored by NJIT's new Center for Biometric Identification Systems, will include state and federal agencies, industry leaders and academic researchers. Speakers will address the state of biometrics technology - research frontiers, application requirements, new sources of funding, with special emphasis on security needs in the wake of September 11.

WHO: The briefing will include displays from firms that form the supply chain of sensor, algorithm and products based on biometric technology. The displays will feature biometric identification systems that use fingerprint and face recognition technologies.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: NJIT invites biometrics experts to participate in this event. To reserve seating, contact the center at (973) 596-3430.

WHERE: Third floor of the Guttenberg Information Technologies Center, at NJIT.

WHEN: Wednesay, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

BACKGROUND: The new Center for Biometric Identification Systems at NJIT consolidates several research and development initiatives at the school, including its "Smart Gun" project, which has garnered national attention for its development of dynamic grip recognition. The center's team has a four-pronged approach to establishing biometric-security systems, concentrating on biometric concepts, biometric identification algorithms, smart sensor technologies and application development. These applications include personalized weapons systems, airport and building security systems.

CONTACT: Robert Florida
Public Relations
(973) 596-5203


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.