BU ECE Security Research Featured in the Boston Globe

in Faculty, Grants, News-ISS, Publications, Recognition, Research, Research-ISS
July 23rd, 2013

Professor Janusz Konrad (ECE) demonstrates gestures that could be used in place of passwords in the future. Photo by Melody Komyerov, Boston University Photography.

Professor Janusz Konrad (ECE) demonstrates gestures that could be used in place of passwords in the future. Photo by Melody Komyerov, Boston University Photography.

Many of us type passwords into computers and ATMs more times a day than we care to remember. The process isn’t exactly fun but it does help protect our identity and belongings.

In the future, Boston University Electrical & Computer Engineering professors, Janusz Konrad and Prakash Ishwar, believe passwords and ID cards could be replaced by human gestures. In other words, you might find yourself moonwalking into your office in the near future.

In The Boston Globe, Ishwar and Konrad explained how one’s physical features and unique cadence of movements can help identify a person.

“We’re not trying to recognize gestures per se; we’re trying to recognize users making the gestures,” Ishwar told the Globe.

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The professors have received funding from the National Science Foundation for this research and are in the early stages of examining the feasibility of the approach.

-Rachel Harrington (rachelah@bu.edu)