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Researchers Win MURI Award for Maritime Biometrics

Researchers Win MURI Award for Maritime Biometrics

A research team led by Prof. Rama Chellappa (ECE/UMIACS/CS) has won a 2008 MURI award for their proposal to develop face, gait, long-distance speech and other motion-based human recognition algorithms tailored to the maritime domain. The grant is for $1.5 million per year for three years with the potential for two additional option years at 1.5 million per year.

The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) is a multi-agency Department of Defense program that supports research teams whose efforts intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline. Multidisciplinary team effort can accelerate research progress and hasten the transition of research findings to practical application.

This MURI project will be coordinated by team of researchers from University of Maryland with partnering institutions in Columbia University, University of California at Colorado Springs and University of California at San Diego, and international researchers from University of Southampton, UK and University of Queensland, Australia. The team will design and develop novel sensors, algorithms and systems for maritime biometrics.The University of Maryland team is composed of Chellappa, Yiannis Aloimonos (UMIACS/CS), Larry Davis (UMIACS/CS/ECE), Ramani Duraiswami (UMIACS/CS) and David Jacob (UMIACS/CS).

March 20, 2008

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