* WHO :* Edwin Rood, WVU Biometrics Knowledge Center Gary Strong, National Science Foundation (tentative) Ruud M. Bolle, IBM Research Center Jim Wayman, San Jose State University John Woodward, RAND Corp. Johnathon Phillips, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

* WHAT :* Officials will brief media on the results of a three-day workshop involving 55 national and international biometrics experts. The workshops were hosted by West Virginia University’s Biometrics Knowledge Center and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Participants are deliberating research issues ranging from the development of new biometric identification technologies to societal implications of measuring human characteristics for purposes of identification. WVU was chosen to host the conference because of its comprehensive research involving biometrics and its complimentary academic curricula leading to a one-of-a-kind degree in forensic identification with a major in biometrics.

* WHEN :* 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 2

* WHERE :* Scanticon Lakeview Resort and Conference Center, Seminar Room #4