West Virginia University will join higher education institutions from across the state for Higher Education Day at the Legislature on Friday (Feb. 21).

The annual event, held to recognize West Virginia’s colleges and universities and highlight the postsecondary opportunities available across the state, will include public four-year and two-year colleges and universities, as well as independent four-year institutions.

Forensic and Investigative Science instructional coordinator Chris Bily and Justin Kirk, a Forensic and Investigative Science student, will demonstrate a hands-on facial recognition software program that was featured during the National Scout Jamboree in June 2013.

Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to have their face photographed and temporarily scanned into the database. They will then move around to the next phase, where a computer camera will scan their face and match it up with the photo. Visitors will get a takeaway piece of a two-paned photograph, with one side being their regular photo and the other will show an overlay on the same self-photo of mapping points the computer looks at to match faces.

Nigel Clark, associate vice president of academic strategic planning in the Office of the Provost, will lead WVU’s delegation. Lisa Martin, Staff Council chair and University Events senior project coordinator will distribute University information and will be on hand to answer questions from visitors.

Higher Education Day will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Upper Rotunda of the State Capitol. The event is hosted by Paul Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; James Skidmore, chancellor of the community and Technical College System of West Virginia; and Ben Exley, executive director of West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities.



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