What is Biometric Systems at WVU like?
Biometric systems are composed of complex hardware and software designed to measure a signature of the human body, compare the signature to a database and render a decision for a given application based on the identification achieved from this matching process. Use of biometric systems for positive personal identification is experiencing rapid growth in such areas as law enforcement, access control, banking and a wide range of business and administrative systems.
In an even broader application context, biometric systems are having a revolutionary impact on health care and the enhancement of the human computer interface, including in vivo identification of specific human conditions via implantable devices and the automated administration of life-saving medical therapies.
The continued rapid advance of integrated sensor, signal/image processing, computer and mass storage technology promises to extend these applications further into our daily lives with even the most inanimate objects able to identify, interact with and assist their users.
At a Glance
Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
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Areas of Emphasis
Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:
- DNA/Molecular Biology
- Microsensors and Circuits
- Signal Processing
- Software Systems