BIOMETRICS LABWHO WE AREWe’re a team of 7 people who research and teach biometric technologies.The mission of the BSPA laboratory is to excel in the applied research of biometrictechnologies with a continued commitment to education and innovative research, as wellas engaging academia, government, and industry in all activities. We strive to achieve ourmission through a partnership between industry and academia, bridging cultures to findsolutions to the challenges associated with developing and implementing biometrictechnologies. We are part of CERIAS – the Center for Education, Research andInformation Assurance and Security, and the Cyber Center at Purdue University.
BIOMETRICS LABACCOMPLISHMENTS• Dr. Elliott, director of the biometrics lab, is the International Electro‐Technical (IEC)Young Professional 2012 and ANSI Next Generation Award winner• Current job placement rate of 100%• Booz Allen Hamilton hired 90% of our students, who work in government agencies such asthe DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), BIMA (Biometric Information ManagementAgency), and DoD (Department of Defense• SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Weapons Center – Charleston)• Sotera Defense Solutions• Scitor• Government funding (NIST, DOJ, DHS) and multiple grants for testing and evaluation• Published research• Force Patent in Fingerprint Recognition, 2012
BIOMETRICS LABWHY MS ONLINE DEGREEIN BIOMETRICS?• Develop a degree for interested individuals to learn about the field of biometrics from a distance• 100% distant• 33 credit hours• Starting in Fall 2013• No background in biometrics needed• No GRE with 2 years of work experience• Work at your own pace
PLAN OF STUDYSEMESTERBREAKDOWNSemester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4TECH621Introduction to AIDCIT545 BiometricTechnology andApplicationsIT581 BiometricPerformance andUsabilityBiometric Policy, Law& EthicsPortfolioDevelopmentSTAT502 orequivalentProject ManagementBusiness andBiometricsSTAT 501 orequivalentConcentrationSelectiveInfo Sec ConceptsConcentrationSelective
PLAN OF STUDYCONCENTRATION ELECTIVES• IE577 Human Factors in Engineering• IE590 Topics in Industrial Engineering• STAT512 Applied Regression Analysis• STAT513 Statistical Quality Control (3 credits)• STAT514 Design of Experiments• STAT522 Sampling and Survey*Subject to change with advisor’s approval.
BIOMETRICS DEGREE FORMATDESCRIPTION• All classes are on-line. No on campus requirements.• Voice over Power point format through Blackboard. Student interaction at distance.(blogs) (Avoid scheduling learning sessions)• Courses are offered in a rolling format that allow you to complete the program at yourpace. “Best” pace is four semesters. (2 – 5 Years)• Students responsible for text books• Fees are $750/credit hour in-state, $775 out of state. Engineering electives$1400/credit hour.
BIOMETRICS COURSESINTRODUCTION• Through the biometrics lab, classes are taught using the applied technology andknowledge that we have in our concentration. The following are the courses offered atPurdue’s campus currently:• TECH621 Introduction to AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) (3 credits) Thiscourse is an introductory course that covers topics such as barcodes, biometrics, RFID, card technologies, and related enabling technologies. Eachsemester, students participate in research projects that either result in a published paper ina conference or journal, or a poster presentation.• IT545 Biometric Technology and Applications (3 credits) This course is a gateway into thefield of biometrics. Designed for upper level undergraduate and graduate students in anymajor, the course covers an introduction to biometric modalities, testing and evaluation(including design of experiments), and standards.• IT581 Biometric Performance and Usability (3 credits) The focus of this course is to usemany of the tools in the biometrics lab, including advanced matchers and image qualitytools. Part of the work will be to replicate some of our previous studies in order tounderstand how the software works, and then start to propose research topics that will bepublished online as well as submitted to journals. The course will also undertake detailedanalysis, including design of the experiment, data analysis and report writing.
BIOMETRICS COURSES OFFEREDNEW BIOMETRIC COURSESThese courses will be brand new in the Fall of 2013 for all individuals pursuing theirmasters degree online in biometrics:• Biometric Policy, Law & Ethics (3 credits) Review and analyze policies, laws, and ethicalbehavior regulations of biometric technologies.• Business and Biometrics (3 credits) This course is an introduction to how biometrictechnologies are used in business and industry environments.• Info Sec Concepts (3 credits) The introductory course will expose the student to variousdesign principles of trusted computing bases, legal regulations, investigation andcompliance requirements, secure computing concepts, numerous security protocols andprinciples, practical networking security methodologies, and an introduction to businesscontinuity and disaster recovery concepts.
FAQ’SFREQUENTLYASKED QUESTIONSHow much will the program cost?• Fees can be found here.What will the portfolio consist of?• Your ability to demonstrate your competency in biometrics with the leaning objectives set for you, as well as whatyou want to get out of the program.Do I need to have prior experience in Biometrics?• No, just an interest in the field!How long will the program take from start to finish?• It depends. Usually 2 years but can go up to 5 years, depending on how you schedule the courses.Is the list of electives the only ones I can choose from?• No, additional classes can be taken with approval from your advisor, Dr. Stephen Elliott.Are there any extra fees with taking this plan?• Just the fees with each course and textbooks that are required for the course.Will I ever need to physically attend a class?• No, 100% on-line.Are classes scheduled or can I take them at my convenience?• Classes can be taken in the format you choose.Will I need to purchase books?• Depending on if the class requires them.What kind of classes will I be taking?• You can find the plan of study here in more detail
CONTACT USCONTACTINFORMATIONIf you have any additional questions regarding the program please visit ProStar’s website,http://www.tech.purdue.edu/prostar/programs/biometrics/.Any questions regarding biometrics please visit us at http://www.bspalabs.org/ or contactme at firstname.lastname@example.org.Kevin James OConnorManaging DirectorBiometrics Standards, Performance, & Assurance Lab at Purdue University