Focus on Personal and National Security
Biometric technologies are often used to confirm or identify individuals in situations where security is paramount. A biometric can be physical, measuring various characteristics of the human body. It can also be behavioral, such as the gait of an individual or speech patterns. The impact of these types of technologies on security is obvious. Sensor network technology is another important element of information security. These types of networks can be deployed in battlefields where they can track enemy movement or over large cities where they can monitor air quality for the presence of windborne contaminants. Software-defined radio is also a technology that helps ensure the security and safety of individuals, providing maximum flexibility in wireless communications to match the needs of an uncertain situation or environment. All of these technologies are based on the continued capability to store and manipulate more data faster and more robustly than ever.
Current Personal and National Security Research
The multidisciplinary Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive materials (C-SWARM) focuses on developing a computational framework for predictive science.
A team led by J. Nicholas Laneman, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and graduate students Brian Dunn and Michael Dickens has developed a software-defined radio technology that enables wireless devices to communicate using almost any wireless protocol simply by running a different software program.
Biometrics researchers at Notre Dame have found errors in the National Institute of Standards and Technology report that discusses how iris aging affects the accuracy of iris recognition.