MATC Mathematics Club
Lecture #52

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin


Spring 2006 Presentation #52 (Friday April 7, 2006)
by Nigel Boston

"Invariant-Based Face Recognition"

Abstract: Automated face recognition has many applications, including homeland security, but just how well can computers recognize us? People use invariant features to recognize each other, which inspired the speaker to develop a new mathematical approach. This talk will outline the general problem, this new method, and its performance when correctly implemented.

Biography:  Nigel Boston grew up in England and attended Cambridge and Harvard. His postdoctoral work in Paris and Berkeley was followed by 12 years at the University of Illinois, except for six months as Rosenbaum Fellow at the Newton Institute in Cambridge, UK, when he witnessed Wiles's announcement of a proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. Nigel subsequently produced a survey article and a book on the proof. In recent years he moved towards engineering, becoming founding director of the Illinois Center for Cryptography and Information Protection. In 2002, he was hired by the University of Wisconsin - Madison as part of the computational sciences cluster, with joint appointments in Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

This talk was part of the Math Club's Mathematics Awareness Month Celebration.

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