In The News
- T. Bourlai received the
Award of the Outstanding Researcher at WVU (LCSEE), March
- T. Bourlai became an
Adjunct Assistant Professor,
Department of Forensic and Investigative Science, WVU, U.S.A.
- T. Bourlai became an
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of
Medicine, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Eye Institute, West Virginia
University, U.S.A. (Feb 2013)
Innovation and Commercialization
Confirmix (WVU start-up Company):
T. Bourlai is the CTO and co-founder of Confirmix
- The West Virginia University (WVU) Office of Technology Transfer has
licensed a series of biometrics technologies to WVU
Confirmix, developed in the lab of Thirimachos
director of WVU’s Multispectral Imagery Laboratory, the technologies
are aimed at improving e-fraud protection, particularly on mobile
phones and tablets.
Interviews and visibility:
CNBC news Oct 2014
CNBC Tech Crowd
Confirmix CEO – where MILab/WVU was mentioned
biometrics spinoff Confirmix closes $1.25 million angel round
Tech Transfer eNews
CITeR news and announcement, Oct
2014, Fall meeting -
WVU LCSEE News, Nov, 2014 -
WVU News Today, Nov 24th 2014 -
State Journal (WV) Business News (http://www.statejournal.com/),
WVU LCSEE News, Nov 20th 2014 -
WOWKTV, Nov 21st 2014 -
The [Martinsburg] Journal, Nov 23rd
- Charleston Daily Mail, WV News -
- Government Technology Magazine –
- The Washington Times -
- West Virginia Research and Science Division -
- Other: The Associated Press [AP stories appear in numerous
news outlets across the state and nation, including
in this instance The Miami Herald, The (Elkins) Inter-Mountain, The
(Washington, PA) Observer-Reporter, The
(Oklahoma City) Oklahoman, The (Greenfield,
IN) Daily Reporter, The Washington Times, SpinSafe.com, The
(Eugene, OR) Register Guard, KSL-TV (Salt Lake City, UT) and
SecureSelfies app, and its parent company
Campaign to secure funding, plans to launch commercially by April
- Meetings, Invited Talks, Webinars and Interviews
- Chair (and Invited Talk): IDGA Smart
Washington DC, April 2015
Attended the Biometrics Institute Meeting
at New Zealand Embassy, Washington DC, March 2015
- Other talks pending
Interviewed by IDGA, Biometrics for
Government and Security, “The Future of Face Recognition”, Feb.
Interviewed by IDGA, Night Vision Systems
Summit, “Night Vision Face Recognition”, Summer 2014.
Webinar to CITeR Affiliates (with Dr. A.
Clark), on “Passport Face Matching Techniques”, 11-12 pm, April
Chair (and Invited Talk):
IDGA Biometrics and Law Enforcement Conference,
Washington DC, Jan 2015
- Invited talk: US Army Labs, Jan 2015
- Invited Talk: NSA
(National Sheriff's Association), Jan, 2015
- Invited talk: University of Rochester,
Rochester NY, Dec 2014
- Invited talk: SRC, Syracuse, NY, Dec 2014
- Invited Talk: Night
Vision and Thermal Optics 2014, IQPC, London, UK, Sept 15-17th
2014 - For speakers:
to CITeR Affiliates,
November 18th, 2014.
- CITeR Meeting, Arizona,
November 3-5th, 2014.
- Invited Talk:
Biometrics Institute, London, UK, October 2014.
- Invited Talk: University
of Newcastle, UK, October 23rd 2014.
Invited by the
Defense & Government
Advancement (IDGA) to be the Chair and a speaker (2
presentations) at the "IDGA
Biometrics for Government and National Security Conference",
Washington DC, Feb
- Chair of the event
- Presentation on: “Mobility and
Biometric Smart Cards” – Day 1
- Presentation on: “Current State of
Facial Recognition Technology” – Day 2
to present, "New Camera Sensor Technologies" at the
WVU, Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, School of
Medicine, Morgantown, WV,
- Invited to
participate at the CITeR Strategic Planning Workshop,
- Invited by
the “Winter 2014
to present on “Face Recognition Readiness”, March 3rd
- Invited to participate at the "Biometrics Institute USA
Drinks Reception", Hosted by: The Australian Embassy, Monday, 17
March 2014, Washington DC.
Invited to represent CITeR (booth) and provide a DEMO on face
recognition (with my student C. Whitelam) at the “Connect:ID”
EXPO, Ronald Regan Conference Center, Washington DC, 17-19 March
Invited Talk at the
Analytical Workshop (Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds)
- sponsored by the Defense Intelligence Agency – on “Moving
Forward: Challenges in Forensic Human Identification Using Face
Images”, at Mississippi University, Oxford, Mississippi, March
- WVU seminar at Chemical Engineering
Department on “Advances on Human Authentication”, 2.28.14
[invited by the Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department].
- Invited Seminar on
Graduate Academy Workshop,
“Life after Graduation”, WVU, April 3rd 2014.
- 11th Summer School for Advanced
Studies on Biometrics for Secure Authentication,
Biometrics in Forensics,
Security and Beyond - Tutorial Practical FR, Alghero, Italy,
June 9-13 2014.
- Invited to Linking Innovation, Industry
and Commercialization (LIINC), through the WVU Office of
Research and Economic Development:
Bioscience and Biomedical Showcase, NRCCE, WVU, Feb 18th
InfraMation 2013 (organized by FLIR),
Invited Paper and Oral Presentation on: “Applications of Passive Infrared
Imaging to Forensic Facial Recognition”, November 5-7, Loews
Royal Pacific, Orlando, FL, 2013
CITeR Fall 2013 Meeting at NIST, USA -
October 29-30, VA, 2013
Invited Talk by "The University of Notre Dame" - "Can
we identify people in difficult environments by using their face
images?" - October 17th, 2013
Chair of the BTAS 2013 - DEMO
Session - Sept 30th to Oct. 2nd, 2013
Lead of the BTAS 2013 - Doctoral
Symposium and Career Pathways Session (DSCP) - Sept 30th 2013
World e-ID Congress, Invited talk on
“Current Challenges in Face Recognition Technology:
Identification of People in Difficult Environments”, Nice,
France, Sept. 26th, 2013
Panel Moderator - Chair and Tutorial
Presenter at the ISS World Americas on
“Facial Recognition Technologies for Criminal Investigations and
25th, Washington DC, 2013
Biometric Consortium Conference 2013:
"Heterogeneous Face Recognition: Current Challenges and Case
Studies", Tampa, Florida, USA, Sept 17-19, 2013
Co-speaker with Dr.
A. Clark, on "New Methodology for Passport Photo Enhancement",
Tampa, Florida, USA, Sept 17-19, 2013
on Biometrics, Identity, and Security (BIdS) Research Showcase
(part of BCC), on “Multi-spectral face recognition:
identification of people in difficult environments”, Tampa,
Florida, USA, Sept 17-19, 2013
Chair (and presenter) of the IDGA
Actionable Intelligence Conference, Washington DC, 26-28 August
mid-cycle meeting - Invited to present on "Face and Ear-based
Mid-Wave Infrared Biometrics", Morgantown, August, 2013.
Online Webinar, “Facial Recognition
Readiness: What Criminal Investigators and Intelligence Analysts
Need to Know”, July 16, 2013.
the "8th Annual Night Vision
Systems, IDGA", Presentation (Day 2 Opening Speaker) on:
"Current Challenges in Night Time Face and Ear Recognition",
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A., July 29-31, 2013.
Chair and two invited talks at the IDGA "Forensics
Enabled Intelligence Conference" (FEI) 2013 Conference,
April 22-24 2013.
Talk at Rutgers University, NJ, April 19th 2013 on: "Face
Recognition and Recent Challenges".
Invited at the "Winter Biometrics Summit", Presentation
(Speaker) on: "Passport Face Matching", Miami, Florida, U.S.A.,
March 4-7, 2013.
CITeR mid-cycle meeting - Invited to
present on 2 topics: (i) "Long Range, Uncontrolled Face
Recognition", and (ii) "A Preprocessing Methodology for Passport
Face Matching", Baltimore, Feb. 2013
Seminar for Faculty and Students - The topic of the presentation
was on “News on Face Recognition"? - Feb 18th 2013.
International Scholars WVU: Invited Talk on Feb 7th 2013 [an
Award was also received]
Invited by the Institute for Defense & Government Advancement
(IDGA) to Present (Speaker) at the "6th Annual Biometrics for
National Security and Law Enforcement Summit", Pentagon City,
VA, Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2013. Two presentations: (i) Long Range
FR, and (ii) Image Restoration for FR
- Invited Talks and Interviews within 2012
Speaker at the:
- 6th Annual Biometrics for National Security
and Law Enforcement Summit, Jan 2013, Washington DC
- Winter 2013 Biometrics Summit, Miami, FL, March 2012
with the Institute for Defense & Government Advancement
Invited to speak at the Biometric Consortium
Conference 2012, to talk about "Exploring a Preprocessing
Methodology for Passport Photo Enhancement", Tampa, Florida,
USA, Sept 18-20, 2012
Invited by the
Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA) to present
at the "IDGA Biometrics & Identity Management Summit",
Arlington, VA, August 20-22, 2012.
present a tutorial in "Unconstrained Face Recognition at Open
Borders" at the Workshop of the IEEE International Conference on
Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI) - BORDERS,
Washington, U.S.A., 11th June, 2012.
Linking Innovation, Industry and Commercialization (LIINC),
through the WVU Office of Research and Economic Development:
Bioscience and Biomedical Showcase - highlighting innovation
from WVU faculty, National Research Center for Coal and Energy
(NRCCE), WVU: Poster presentation of Dr. Bourlai’s on: “Current
Biomedical related research”, Feb 21st 2012.
WVU Seminar for
Faculty and Students, Invited by Dr. M. C. Valenti; the topic of
the presentation was on “How Not to Write a Paper"? - Feb 13th
Biometrics for National Security and Defense Summit, Enhancing
Identity Technology, Collection and Protection, Institute for
Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA): Presentation on:
“Identity Management by Means of Small Platforms (Smart Cards
and Mobile Devices)”, January 23-25, Washington DC, U.S.A. 2012.
Summit, February 29, 2012, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.: Presentation
on: "Understanding How Important and Possible Eye Detection and
Face Recognition are when Performed Using Face Images Acquired
Under Challenging Conditions".
- Student Achievement
● Mr. Cameron Whitelam, during his postgraduate
studies, has been selected as an intern for the 2012 Office of Naval
Research (ONR) Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)
[Summer 2012] [HERE]
- SPIE Newsroom Magazine
T. Bourlai, “Short-Wave Infrared for Face-based
Recognition System”, SPIE Newsroom Magazine - Defense & Security,
April 2012 [HERE] [DOI:
10.1117/2.1201204.004192] [personal invitation].
- Special thanks to the WVU biometrics team
L. Hornak, B. Cukic, J. Dawson, A. Ross, and N. Kalka for their
contributions, and to B. Lemoff from WVHTC.
- IEEE CYBER 2012
● N. Mavridis, T.
Bourlai and D. Ognibene, "The Human-Robot Cloud: Situated
Collective Intelligence on Demand", IEEE International Conference on
Cyber Technology in Automation, Control and Intelligent Systems
(IEEE-CYBER), Thailand, May 2012.
- Journal Accepted
T. Bourlai, R. R. Pryor, J.
Suyama, S. E. Reis, and D. Hostler, "Use of Thermal Imagery for Core
Body Temperature Estimation during Pre-cooling, Exertion, and
Recovery in Wild-land Firefighter Protective Clothing", Pre-hospital
Emergency Care : Official Journal of the National Association of EMS
Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors,
[In Press - Expected May 2012].
- IEEE Senior Member
● I have been elected to the grade of Senior
Member. I would like to thank the people that supported me.
- Five papers were accepted in SPIE 2012
● T. Bourlai, J. VonDollen, N. Mavridis, C.
Kolanko, “Evaluating the efficiency of a nighttime, middle-range
infrared sensor for applications in human detection and
recognition”, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling,
and Testing XXIII, Baltimore, U.S.A., Apr. 2012 [oral].
A. Ross, C.
Chen, and L. Hornak, "A Study on using Middle-Wave Infrared
Images for Face Recognition",
Biometric Technology for Human Identification IX, Baltimore, U.S.A., Apr.
N. Narang et. al., "SWIR Multi-Wavelength Acquisition System for
Simultaneous Capture of Face Images", SPIE (Vol. 8353), Infrared
Technology and Applications XXXVIII, Baltimore, U.S.A., Apr. 2012
T. Bourlai and M. A.
Harrison, “Human Ear Detection in the Thermal Infrared Spectrum”,
SPIE (Vol. 8354),
Thermo-sense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXIV (IR Sensors and
Systems), Baltimore, U.S.A., Apr. 2012
● J. Ice, N. Narang, C. Whitelam, N.
Kalka, L. Hornak, J. Dawson, and T. Bourlai, "SWIR
Imaging for Facial Image Capture through Tinted Materials, SPIE
(Vol. 8353), Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVIII,
Baltimore, U.S.A., Apr. 2012.
- Invited Talks [Nov 2011]
- Linking Innovation, Industry and
Commercialization (LIINC), through the WVU Office of Research and
Economic Development: DOD-related Research highlighting innovation
from WVU faculty, National Research Center for Coal and Energy
(NRCCE), WVU: Poster presentation of Dr.
Bourlai’s on: “Current DOD related research”, November 15th,
- IEEE Signal Processing Society
(Pittsburgh Area): Presentation on "Methodological Advances on Pulse
Measurement through Thermal Imaging of Human Faces", University of
Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, U.S.A., November 2nd 2011.
- Club PiSCES: Program to Stimulate Careers
in Engineering and Science: Through a WVU Internal Public Service
Grant, Club PiSCES has been funded to develop a partnership with the
WVU Health Science and Technology Academy (HSTA) to match faculty
with HSTA Clubs to discuss their research or a science topic related
to their research. Presentation at the "HSTA Club at East Fairmont
High School, WV, U.S.A.", on "New technologies utilizing human faces
for physiological monitoring and human recognition", Nov 1st, 2011.
- Two papers were accepted in WIFS 2011
1. T. Bourlai
and Z. Jafri, "Eye Detection in the Middle-Wave Infrared Spectrum",
WIFS 2011 (32.5% Acceptance Rate) [oral].
2. T. Bourlai, C. Whitelam, I. Kakadiaris,
"Pupil Detection under Lighting and Pose Variations in the Visible
and Active Infrared Bands", WIFS 2011 (32.5% Acceptance Rate)
- Two papers were accepted in IJCB 2011
Team work is the key to great success.
1. N. Kalka, T. Bourlai, B. Cukic, L. Hornak, “Cross-spectral
Face Recognition in Heterogeneous Environments: A Case Study on
Matching Visible to Short-wave Infrared Imagery”, IJCB, 2011.
2. D. Cao, C. Chen, M. Piccirilli, P. Marco, D. Adjeroh,
T. Bourlai, A. Ross, “Can Facial Metrology Predict
Gender?”, IJCB, 2011
- Invited Talk to NLETS 2011 (2 presentations)
It was a great honor and pleasure to participate in the NLETS
2011 annual business meeting that took place in Burlington, VT, June
NLETS (www.nlets.org) is the premiere
interstate justice and public safety network in the nation for the
exchange of law enforcement-, criminal justice-, and public
safety-related information. To accomplish this, the NLETS system
provides unrivalled reliability based on a network built to endure
threats without impacting performance.
I would like to thank my colleagues in WVU and
the NLETS organizers for this great opportunity and their support.
- Invited Talk from Prof. Anil Jain at Michigan State University
Prof. Anil Jain was kind enough to invite me to give a talk to his Biometrics
Research Group at MSU on the 16th of March 2011.
- Another Award Granted to CITeR by ONR - PI T. Bourlai
You can run, but you can't hide—even in the dark or behind
obstacles-- thanks to research being done at West Virginia
University. An award of $150,000 was given to The Center for
Identification Technology Research at WVU's College of Engineering
and Mineral Resources by The Office of Naval Research to initiate
the project entitled "Ascertaining Identity within Human Networks in
The research team is being led by
Thirimachos Bourlai, a Research Assistant Professor in the
Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
Other research team members include Professors Lawrence Hornak and
Bojan Cukic; Associate Professor Arun Ross; Research Assistant
Professor Jeremy Dawson; Research Associate Nathan Kalka; and
Research Assistants Cameron Whitelam, and Nnamdi Osia.
More information can be found
A. Ross, and A.
Jain, “Restoring Degraded Face Images for Matching Faxed or
Scanned Photos”, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics
and Security, “accepted”, 2011, DOI
N. Kalka, D. Cao, B. Decann, Z. Jafri, F. Nicolo, C. Whitelam, J.
Zuo, D. Adjeroh, B. Cukic, J. Dawson, L. Hornak, A. Ross, N. A.
Schmid, “Ascertaining Human Identity in Night Environments”,
Distributed Video Sensor Networks, Springer, 2011, Part 7, 471-478,
- Participated in the May 2011 CITeR
meeting. Another award granted!