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Adam Czajka

Adam Czajka

Email: aczajka@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-7072

Office: 180 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering


D.Sc. ("habilitation") in Computer Science, Warsaw University of Technology, 2018

Ph.D. in Biometrics, Warsaw University of Technology, 2005

M.Sc. in Computer Control Systems, Warsaw University of Technology, 2000


Full Curriculum Vitae

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and a Concurrent Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering here at the University of Notre Dame. My research focuses on biometrics and security, especially on human-driven methods of detecting unknown types of presentation attacks driving a biometric system into incorrect decision. In general, I am fascinated by wide spectrum of research topics in computer vision, pattern recognition and biometrics, including exploring the use of visual signals generated by artificial neural networks in stimulation of emotions and mental healing processes.

In the classroom, I enjoy teaching graduate- and undergraduate-level Computer Vision (CSE 40535/60535/40536/60536), Biometrics (CSE 40537/60537) and Neural Networks (CSE 40868/60868) courses. The aim of computer vision courses is to introduce methods that allow computers to “see” and “understand” what they see. Biometrics course is a great hands-on experience class, where computer vision, biology, electronics and machine learning play together to construct fair, privacy-aware and efficient methods of human identification.

I am originally from Poland. I received my M.Sc. in Computer Control Systems and Ph.D. in Biometrics from Warsaw University of Technology (WUT). Recently, I have been awarded a D.Sc. degree ("habilitation") in Computer Science, also from WUT. Before coming to Notre Dame, I was the Chair and co-founder of the Biometrics and Machine Learning Laboratory in the Institute of Control and Computation Engineering at WUT, the Head of the Postgraduate Studies on Security and Biometrics, the Vice Chair of the NASK Biometrics Laboratory, the Chair of the Polish Standardization Committee on Biometrics, an Assistant Professor in NASK – national research institute, and a member of the NASK Research Council. I keep my contacts with NASK and serve as an Advisor to the Deputy Director for Research there. I am a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), an active member of the European Association for Biometrics (EAB), a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI) and an expert of ISO/IEC Sub-Committee 37 on Biometrics.

I am an amateur musician (classical guitarist), a licensed glider pilot and a licensed yacht skipper. When time permits, I grab dry pastels and paint what I see.

Summary of Activities/Interests


Computer Vision I (CSE 40535/60535):
Fall 2020 -- Syllabus (students attending the class and invited guests can find all course materials on SAKAI)
Fall 2019 -- Syllabus (students attending the class and invited guests can find all course materials on SAKAI)
Fall 2018 (students attending the class and invited guests can find all course materials on SAKAI)
Fall 2017 -- course webpage (public content)
Spring 2016 -- course webpage (public content)

Computer Vision II (CSE 40536/60536):
Spring 2020 -- Syllabus

Biometrics (CSE 40537/60537):
Spring 2019 (students attending the class and invited guests can find all course materials on SAKAI)
Spring 2018 -- course webpage (public content)
Spring 2017 -- course webpage (public content)
Fall 2014 -- course webpage (public content)

Neural Networks (CSE 40868/60868):
Fall 2016 -- course webpage (public content)

Scientific interests:

Biometrics, security, computer vision, pattern recognition, signal and image processing.

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Adam Czajka Asks: Is That Eyeball Dead or Alive?

July 25, 2016

Adam Czajka discusses the prevention of iris sensors accepting the use of a high-resolution photo of an iris or, in a grislier scenario, an actual eyeball.