Eleven ND Graduate Students Win NSF GRFP Awards

Author: Mary Hendriksen

The National Science Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2014 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with eleven current Notre Dame students winning the prestigious award and another five earning honorable mention. This year’s number is up from last year’s nine awardees, which was previously the highest number ever received by Notre Dame students. Read More

Student Spotlight: Estefan Ortiz, Computer Science and Engineering

Author: Mary Hendriksen

Estefan Ortiz, PhD Candidate, Computer Science and Engineering

— Using smartphones to track eye movement and facial features…

— A national ID program based on iris images…

— Iris scans used to track children exiting a school bus…

While these scenarios may seem like science fiction to some, they are actual feats of identification in our world today. All are possible thanks to advances in the field of biometrics — the field in which Notre Dame Computer Science and Engineering doctoral student Estefan Ortiz spends his days — and, frequently, his nights. Read More

Notre Dame researchers point to errors in NIST report on iris aging

Author: William G. Gilroy


University of Notre Dame biometrics researchers Kevin Bowyer and Estefan Ortiz have released a paper that points to errors in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report on how iris aging affects the accuracy of iris recognition. In addition to describing specific methodological errors in the NIST report, Bowyer and Ortiz presented a list of suggestions to be addressed in a revised version of the NIST report. Read More

Alumnus Charles Leavitt Accepts Position at University of Reading

Author: Carrie Gates

Charles Leavitt, who received his Ph.D. in literature from Notre Dame in 2010, has accepted a position at the University of Reading as a lecturer in Italian studies—equivalent to assistant professor in the American university system. Located in Reading, England, the school is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world. Read More