Thirimachos Bourlai, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University, has been named a subject matter expert on the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center’s website.

HDIAC leverages the best expertise from industry, other government agencies and academia to solve the government’s toughest scientific and technical problems.

An expert in biometrics and face recognition, Bourlai is the founder and director of WVU’s Multi-Spectral Imagery Lab. The MILab has participated in biometrics and deception detection-related research projects funded by such groups as the Center for Identification Technology Research, a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center founded at WVU; the U.S. Department of Defense-Office of Naval Research; TechConnectWV; and the FBI.

Biometrics refers to technologies that measure and analyze human body characteristics, including face, fingerprints and irises, to identify people.
“I will be asked to contribute to webinar presentations, inquiries, core analysis tasks and other projects as needed,” said Bourlai. “It is an honor to have been selected and I look forward to contributing to the network.”

Bourlai is also the co-founder and chief technology officer of Confirmix, a WVU start-up company that develops biometric technology for consumer identity and authentication products for both enterprises and consumers. He also serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the WVU School of Medicine (Eye Institute) and as an adjunct assistant professor in WVU’s Department of Forensic and Investigative Science.



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