Two St. Lawrence University students and a recent graduate presented the results
of research they conducted with a member of the mathematics, computer science and
statistics department faculty at an international conference on biometrics.
Anne Hawley '03, of Skaneateles, NY, now a graduate student in statistics at North
Carolina State University in Raleigh; Katherine Livingstone '04, of Underhill, VT;
and Nona Mramba '04, of El Sobrante, CA, presented papers with Assistant Professor
of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics Michael E. Schuckers at the Biometric
Consortium Conference held September 22-24 in Arlington, Virginia. Their presentation,
given in a symposium on research, was titled "Sample Size Calculations for Biometric
The Biometric Consortium serves as a focal point for research, development, testing,
evaluation and application of biometric-based personal identification/verification
Earlier this year, Schuckers was awarded a $55,000 grant from the Center for Identification
Technology Research, which is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative
Research Center based at West Virginia University (www.citer.wvu.edu) and in which
St. Lawrence is a participating institution, to fund a project entitled "Comparison of
Statistical Methods." Schuckers and the student researchers evaluated various
statistical methods that have been proposed for estimating the false-reject and false-accept
rates of biometric identification devices.
Biometric identification devices include such tools as voice-recognition, iris-recognition
and fingerprint scanners. Also as part of the project, they are developing software that
companies can use to evaluate error rates based on their data.
Schuckers is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a master's degree from the
University of Michigan and Ph.D. from Iowa State University. He taught at West Virginia
University prior to joining the St. Lawrence faculty in 2002, and has published widely
in the field of statistics.
Posted: October 6, 2003