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Multispectral Imagery Lab Eye

West Virginia University’s MILab was founded in 2010 and has various collaborators from private and government sectors. The lab’s research focuses on biometrics and related identification technologies and systems. The main mission of MILab is to advance human identification technology in the areas of biometrics (including but not limited to face, ears, iris and fingerprints) systems when operating under challenging, real-world conditions.

Our main areas of expertise are the following:

Biomedical Imaging: we are working on two areas: (i) extracting human physiological signals using optical imaging and (ii) bio-imaging and nanotoxicity.

Biometrics (eye detection and face recognition across the spectrum): We are interested in within-spectral and cross-spectral matching techniques while using visible, SWIR and thermal face images. We are also working on developing eye detection techniques that can operate when using face images captured in any band.

FR in the Forensics Domain: We have been working on the problem of restoring severely degraded face images such as images scanned from passport photos or images subjected to fax compression, downscaling and printing.

Since 2010, MILab has participated in biometrics- and deception detection-related research projects funded by CITeR, i.e. a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, DoD-ONR, DoD-DTRA, FBI and TechConnect WV. Currently, MILab has five Ph.D., three master's and various undergraduate students.

Since 2011, MILab has published two books (sole editor and co-editor), eight book chapters, 18 journal articles and magazines, 37 conference papers and a patent. MILab’s founder and director, Thirimachos Bourlai, has been invited to present, chair and/or moderate more than 115 national and international events, a number that illustrates MILab’s reputation and a recognition of its research impact*.

* Last update Feb 2017.