Introduction Videos to My Research:
Brief introductory video created by Texas State University.
Interview with me posted by LiveScience.
National Science Foundation video.
Detailed video of a technical presentation at Microsoft Research.
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 2017. The award was given for my work in cybersecurity with the emphasis on eye movement-driven biometrics and health assessment. PECASE is "the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers". Press release from White House and press release from the National Science Foundation.
NSF statesd that the award was given: "For his groundbreaking research on the muscle structure of the eye as a basis for identification, which is transforming approaches to security and medicine. And for his unparalleled outreach on STEM research and education to large populations of underrepresented minorities."
Google Virtual Reality Research Award 2016
Google Faculty Research Award 2014
NSF CAREER Award 2012
Research Positions Available:
08/09/16: Postdoctoral position is available in the area of eye movement biometrics and health assessment [Details].
08/09/16: Hourly undergraduate student research position is available, please contact me for details.
01/09/17 - I have recieved PECASE award.
05/20/16 - I gave a research talk at Oculus Research.
03/12/16 - I have presented Real-time Eye Movement Person Recognition Demo together with my student Dillon Lohr as a part of the SXSW Innovation Lab which is part of the South by Southwest Festival. [pic1][pic2]
02/26/16 - I have received Google VR Research Award to advance eye tracking in Virtual Reality (VR) with emphasis on hardware and software that provides robust, cost effective and power aware solutions with high sampling frequency, positional accuracy, and low noise. Such advanced eye tracking solutions will enable future applications such as 1) seamless interaction with VR environment by knowing attention loci of a user, 2) gaze-contingent rendering to reduce computational resources needed by the VR device, 3) accurate eye movement prediction to improve immersive VR user experience, 4) user authentication based on eye movements, 5) user health assessment based on eye movements.
01/27/16 - I gave a research talk at Microsoft Holo Lens Group.
12/11/15 - I gave a research talk at zSpace.
12/09/15 - I gave a research talk at Google Virtual Reality Group.
09/24/15 - I gave a research talk at Global Identity Summit. [pic]
01/19/15 - I will be a visiting professor at Notre Dame University in the lab of Dr. Kevin Boywer during Spring 2015 semester.
11/04/14 - NSF published a Science Nation episode about the work done on my NSF CAREER grant. As of 11/04/14 this is the front page story on the nsf.gov
09/08/14 - My talk about how I have received NSF CAREER award delivered at 2014 NSF/DIMACS SaTC Aspiring PI workshop is published. Link to the workshop page.
08/19/14 - I was awarded Google Research Award.
07/25/14 - I will be a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University in the lab of Dr. Reza Shadmehr during Fall 2014 semester.
07/21/14 - Technical Demo titled "Ocular Biometric System Demonstration" was accepted to the IEEE International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB 2014).
06/27/14 - Paper titled "Gaze Estimation as a Framework for Iris Liveness Detection" was accepted to the IEEE International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB 2014). The paper can be viewed here.
06/11/14 - I have presented a research talk at Microsoft link.
05/01/14 - Immersive gaming sessions were presented during a field trip for approximately thirty middle school children from Doris Miller and Owen Goodnight Middle schools (San Marcos CISD). Immersive gaming sessions are part of the NSF CAREER grant outreach activities.
04/01/14 - Paper titled "Biometric Recognition via Probabilistic Spatial Projection of Eye Movement Trajectories in Dynamic Visual Environments" was accepted to the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security with minor revisions. The paper can be viewed here.
03/08/14 - I have presented a TED-inspired research talk and a live demo (with my student Corey Holland) at Sixth Street Showcase at SXSW link.
02/10/14 - Paper titled "The Application of Eye Movement Biometrics in the Automated Detection of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury" was accepted to ACM Conference on Human Factors In Computing Systems (CHI). The paper can be viewed here.
01/24/14 - Technical demo of the live eye movement driven biometric system was accepted to the ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Application (ETRA). Two page paper associated with the presentation and the video can be found here.
01/31/14 - Immersive gaming sessions were presented during "College of Science Awareness" event hosted by Texas State University. The presentation was done by graduate student Corey Holland to sixty five fifth grade San Marcos CISD Gifted and Talented students. Immersive gaming sessions are part of the NSF CAREER grant outreach activities.
01/17/14 - Two papers titled "Biometric Recognition via Fixation Density Maps" and "Template Aging in Eye Movement-driven Biometrics" were accepted to SPIE Defense+Security, Biometric and Surveillance Technology for Human and Activity Identification XI conference. The papers can be viewed here.
12/12/13 - Together with my post-docs Drs. Rigas and Abdulin we have conducted an outreach session for K-12 students of San Marcos High School. A presentation highlighting ocular biometrics research and importance of STEM education together with immersive gaming sessions were presented to approximately twenty 10th grade students. This event was sponsored by the NSF CAREER grant.
12/6/13 - I have presented a research talk at Johns Hopkins University.
11/21/13 - Immersive gaming sessions were presented during "Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)" Conference hosted by Texas State University. The presentation was done for High School students participating in the conference. Immersive gaming sessions are part of the NSF CAREER grant outreach activities.
09/27/13 - Immersive gaming sessions were presented during "Show 'Em State Family Weekend" event hosted by Texas State University. Immersive gaming sessions are part of NSF CAREER grant outreach activities.
09/05/13 - I have presented a research talk at Notre Dame University.
08/23/13 - I was awarded Texas State University's Presidential Awards for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities. This Presidential Awards is intended to recognize and reward superior scholarly/creative activities, to provide models of excellence for fellow faculty, and to encourage all faculty to continue to perform, improve and advance their scholarly/creative activities.
08/19/13 - Together with University of Washington we have been invited to submit a paper to the SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) Newsroom. The paper can be viewed here.
08/04/13 - I was invited as an invited speaker to talk about Ocular Biometrics at the 2013 Biometric Consortium Conference & Biometric Technology Expo link.
07/17/13 - GeekWire published a news article about the eye movement-driven biometrics research conducted in collaboration with University of Washington, Seattle.
07/15/13 - A paper titled "Biometric Authentication via Complex Oculomotor Behavior" was accepted to the IEEE Sixth International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS 2013). The paper can be viewed here.
07/09/13 - ACM Transactions on Applied Perception accepted our journal paper on Oculomotor Plant modeling and its application to biometrics domain. The paper can be viewed here.
04/01/13 - Texas State University publishes a video about my research as a part of the "Your world. Our research" campaign.
03/24/13 - Texas State University publishes a news article about my research in the Rising Stars category.
02/20/13 - I became an editor of the IEEE Biometric Council Newsletter .
02/20/13 - I became an video and technical demo chair at the ACM SIGCHI SIGRAPH Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications (ETRA 2014).
02/20/13 - Three papers were accepted to the IEEE/IARP International Conference on Biometrics (ICB 2013). The papers can be viewed here.
01/08/13 - LiveScience posts video about biometric research conducted in the HCI lab.
11/07/12 - awarded NSF CAREER grant titled "CAREER: Secure and Trustworthy Ocular Biometrics?
10/16/12 - national news (NBC, Discovery, Yahoo, Gizmodo, and approximately 30 others) coverage of the research work conducted in the lab. Search for "eye movements password" in a search engine.
09/12/12 - awarded NIST grant titled "Secure Person Authentication via Oculomotor Plant Characteristics and Iris Data?
03/31/12 - awarded best paper award for the paper titled "Biometric Authentication via Oculomotor Plant Characteristic" at IEEE/IAPR International Conference on Biometrics (ICB 2012).
03/30/12 - undergraduate student Corey Holland awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to obtain his graduate degree at Texas State.