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About Dr. Karl Ricanek, Jr.

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of Face Aging Group

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Dr. Karl Ricanek Jr. is an Associate Professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Computer Science Department. Dr. Ricanek is the founder and director of the Face Aging Group Research Lab ( at UNCW where he has been the primary project lead on more than $5 Million in Department of Defense and intelligence funded research since 2003. Dr. Ricanek is the Director for the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in Identity Sciences (I2SIS) that was awarded in August 2010. He is one of four chosen researchers to form the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Center of Academic Excellence in Identity Sciences (CASIS). His research is mainly focused in developing algorithms for modeling age-progression for the mitigation of severe performance degradation of face recognition technology due to aging. He has also been involved in research for robust age-estimation from facial images and for gender and race classification from facial images. He has extensive research background in pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, and machine and computer vision. He has authored or co-authored over 40 referred articles in biometrics and pattern recognition and three book chapters since 2003—when he returned to academia. He is a program committee member on several Biometric and related conferences such as IEEE Biometric: Theory, Applications, and Systems (IEEE BTAS), IEEE Transactions on Pattern and Machine Intelligence (IEEE PAMI), SPIE Biometrics Conference (SPIE BC), International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) and many others. He is invited editor for IEEE Computer Magazine on Identity Sciences and chair for IEEE Automatic Face and Gesture Special Session on Craniofacial Aging and Age-estimation 2011.

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