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Biometrics, Fingerprints, and Spoofing at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe Wednesday

Biometrics, Fingerprints, and Spoofing will be discussed and demonstrated by Clarkson University Professor of Electric and Computer Engineering Stephanie Schuckers at the next Science Cafe at Jack & Wezzie’s Coffee House (formerly Fields Coffee House) in Potsdam this Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m.

In describing her presentation, Schuckers says, "Biometric devices, such as fingerprint, face, iris and voice recognition, may someday replace security codes and photo IDs. But while biometrics may improve the security of everything from credit card transactions and personal computers to airports and borders, biometric systems are also vulnerable to ’spoofing’ or being fooled through fake samples such as artificial fingers."

Join Schuckers as she gives an overview and demonstration of biometrics and results from research on ways to decrease the vulnerabilities of biometric devices.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat, or to place your food or drink order.

Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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