Biometrics Expert to Deliver Annual Kurtz Lecture Oct. 15

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

University of Iowa News Release


Jan Jelinek, senior fellow at Honeywell Advanced Technology Labs, Minneapolis, will deliver the 41st annual Kurtz Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Room E-105 of the Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communications Building.

The free, public lecture is titled: "Visual Biometrics."  It is sponsored by the UI Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

A 1990 recipient of the W.H. Sweatt Award, Honeywell's highest recognition of technical achievement, Jelinek was the principal investigator or a major technical contributor on various large, federal research and development projects. Recently, he has been developing long-range iris recognition systems, with interest primarily in iris image data acquisition and sensor design.

Since September 2001, security systems have adopted new approaches exploiting the visual appearance of various unique human body parts, most notably the face and iris. The talk will review advances and outline challenges and research opportunities in the field.

Funded by an endowment from the Iowa power industry, the annual Kurtz Lecture is named for the late Edwin B. Kurtz, professor and head of the UI Electrical Engineering Department from 1929 to 1960. Kurtz was the architect of the world's first educational television station, directing experimental station W9xk in Iowa City during the 1930s.