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Kevin Bowyer

Kevin W. Bowyer

Schubmehl-Prein Professor and Department Chair

Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Phone: 574-631-9978

Office: 384 Fitzpatrick Hall


Ph.D., Computer Science, Duke, 1980


Professor Bowyer's research interests touch on many aspects of computer vision and pattern recognition, including biometrics, data mining, object recognition and medical image analysis. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Golden Core member of the IEEE Computer Society, and a past EIC of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, and the IEEE Biometrics Compendium. He was General Chair of the 2011 International Joint Conference on Biometrics, Program Chair of the 2011 Automated Face and Gesture Recognition conference, and a founding General Chair of the IEEE Biometrics Theory Applications and Systems conference series.

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Summary of Activities/Interests

Biometrics, data mining, computer vision, pattern recognition, applications to medical imaging, ethics and computing, computer science education.


Mery and Bowyer Receive Best Paper Award at First International Workshop on Soft Biometrics

November 25, 2014

Domingo Mery, professor of computer science at Pontifica Universidad Católica (PUC) in Chile, and Kevin W. Bowyer, the Schubmehl-Prein Chair of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, have received the Best Paper Award for their work titled “Recognition of Facial Attributes Using Adaptive Sparse Representations of Random Patches” at the First International Workshop on Soft Biometrics.

Notre Dame Biometrics Expert Is Helping To Ensure an Honest Election in Somaliland

August 19, 2014

Somaliland declared itself independent in 1991 and has been transforming itself into a rare, multiparty democracy in the Horn of Africa. University of Notre Dame biometrics expert Kevin Bowyer and his Ph.D. students Estefan Ortiz and Amanda Sgroi are playing a critical role in that process.

Bowyer To Receive IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award

February 11, 2014

Kevin W. Bowyer, the Schubmehl-Prein Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a recipient of the 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) Computer Society’s Technical Achievement Award. Bowyer is being recognized for his “pioneering contributions to the science and engineering of biometrics” and will receive the award, along with the four other honorees, during a ceremony to be held in Seattle, Wash., in June 2014.