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Winner announced for SAIC UK Biometrics Research Competition

SAIC UK Biometrics Research CompetitionThe Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) UK Biometrics Research Competition at the University of Kent has been won by Clement Creusot, a PhD computer science student from York.

Managed by the University’s business development unit, Kent Innovation and Enterprise (KIE), and its School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA), the competition aimed to uncover potentially influential concepts in biometrics from up-and-coming UK researchers currently working toward their PhD in the field.

Clement Creusot was one of many students from around the UK who entered the competition. The title of his winning research paper was ‘Landmark labelling for 3D faces’.

As the winner, Clement will be flown to the USA to participate with SAIC in the 2010 Biometrics Consortium Conference and Biometric Technology Expo, held 21-23 September in Tampa, Florida. He will also visit SAIC’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia, to present his project to SAIC executives.

The judges for the competition were Harry Helmich, Robert Daubenspeck and Todd Scruggs, all from SAIC, David Braun (FCO Services), Martin George (Smart Sensors Ltd), Frank Morris (representing UKTI) and Michael Fairhurst (University of Kent).

Clement Creusot said: ‘This award is certainly an honour. I do appreciate the recognition, especially from a panel as knowledgeable in the field of commercial biometric systems as this one. It is also pleasant to know that my research does not only interest other scientists but also companies as renowned as SAIC. This kind of event is very important to harvest fruitful interactions between academics and the commercial world, and to ensure that research is directed toward the problems that matter the most for the rest of the society.’

Clement also recognised the high standard of entries from all the entrants. ‘The long deliberation of the jury after the conference showed that the end results were very close,’ he said. ‘I am lucky to have been selected for the prize.’

Michael Fairhurst, Professor of Computer Vision at EDA and a founder of the United Kingdom Biometrics Institute (UKBI), commented: ‘This has been an excellent event which has both encouraged some of the UK’s best PhD students to think about the longer-term potential impact of their work, but also to receive valuable feedback from a fundamentally different perspective. We congratulate all the presenters on their excellent work, and we are enormously grateful to SAIC for their support and their close engagement with the event.’

Harry Helmich, vice president and division manager at SAIC, said, ‘The competition brought forth excellent ideas from the UK students and we are excited about Clement’s research and its future implications to the biometric community. We are thankful to UKBI for brining SAIC and the University of Kent together and the opportunity to sponsor and participate in such an event.’


Story published at 4:51pm 1 September 2010

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