PacSci-Doku: "To Catch A Thief" Answer

By Dennis Schatz - Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs

The question in this edition is:

What may be a new way to identify suspects in a crime?

The answer: Your_Walk

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Fingerprints, DNA analysis and iris scans have all proven to be reliable ways to identify an individual. A new technique may soon join the arsenal of approaches to ID people - your walk. The Technical University of Munich in Germany has recently developed a new technique for looking at how people walk (their gait). Their approach can successfully ID people 80% of time in tests of several hundred people. If this approach can ultimately lead to a higher recognition rate, then it has a key advantage over other techniques - only low-quality video is required, plus it does not require a cooperative subject. This research uses video typically used in surveillance cameras, but the general area of research has been around for many years. Learn more about 10-year-old work at Georgia Tech that used radar images of people's gait.

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