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Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR)

Clarkson University

Idiap Research Institute

Michigan State University

University at Buffalo

West Virginia University

Last Reviewed: 01/24/2020

CITeR cooperatively addresses research challenges related to securing individual identity in a global society with a focus on automated biometric recognition and credibility assessment.

Center Mission and Rationale

CITeR is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). Its mission to advance identification technology is strongly focused in the areas of biometric systems and credibility assessment. Our portfolio of activities achieves this mission through cross-cutting research of emerging enabling technologies, interdisciplinary training of scientists and engineers, and facilitation of technology transfer to the private and government sectors through its affiliates.


CITeR is an NSF multi-university I/UCRC with four sites. West Virginia University is the Center's founding and lead site from 2001 to 2011 focusing on biometrics and large scale identity management systems. The University of Arizona is the Center's second site focusing on credibility assessment systems. Clarkson University is the Center’s third site and current lead site focusing on vulnerabilities, intelligence, and cyber-identity.  University at Buffalo is the Center's fourth site and joined in 2013 with focus on traditional and soft biometrics, fusion, cryptography, and mobile applications.  Each CITeR University site maintains and develops interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships with other academic institutions to effectively respond to affiliate research needs.


CITeR is the only NSF I/UCRC focusing on serving its affiliates in the rapidly growing areas of Biometric Identification and Credibility Assessment Technology.

Research program

Biometric Advancement

CITeR's research portfolio advances the forefront of understanding in biometrics and credibility assessment central to realization of next generation identification management systems necessary for private sector and government applications. Portfolio areas include:

      - Biometric modalities (face, fingerprints, ocular, voice, gait, DNA,  etc)

      - Vulnerability Assessment and Reduction

      - Performance evaluation

      - Biometric fusion and multibiometric systems

      - Novel Biometric Modalities

      - Surveillance applications and human identification in challenging environments

      - Fusion of diverse information sources

      - Activity analysis in human networks

      - Camera sensor networks

      - Automated Credibility Assessment (Video/Audio-based, Textual)

      - System Level Design and Evaluation

      - Socio-Legal/Policy Framework

Special Activities


Faculty at CITeR's WVU site have developed a set of innovative programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for students interested in pursuing a degree, certificate or emphasis in biometrics. Each of these programs dovetails with the Center's research through student senior design and research projects. WVU created the first Bachelor's degree program in Biometric Systems. The program has a strong interdisciplinary foundation, relying upon courses from traditional Computer and Electrical Engineering curricula, Biology and Statistics, with an emphasis on signal and image processing, and biometric applications. At the graduate level, students can pursue a 15 credit hour certificate program in Biometrics and Information Assurance. Alternatively, students pursuing Masters Degrees in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Software Engineering at WVU may elect to take courses which form an emphasis area in Biometrics and Information Assurance.


WVU is the founding site of the Student Society for the Advancement of Biometrics (SSAB), a student organization focused on professional development in biometrics and identification technology. The SSAB engages in broad-based professional development by organizing visits to companies and government labs and by publicizing internship offers from various organizations.


Clarkson University has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and mathematics with focus on identification technology through coursework and theses.  Additionally, Clarkson offers an off-campus Ph.D. in traditional areas of electrical engineering, computer science, and mathematics with dissertation topics focused on CITeR related research.


The University of Arizona’s site is housed within the Center for the Management of Information, which is part of the Eller College of Management and works in close collaboration with the DHS Center of Excellence in Border Security and Immigration, BORDERS. CITeR-UA faculty emphasize research on credibility assessment, deception and intent detection, and new technologies for screening and interviewing. Its faculty hold degrees in Management Information Systems, Communication, Educational Psychology, Computer Science and Engineering, and Public Policy. Research projects include collaborations with Rutgers University, University of Oklahoma, University of Chicago, Michigan State University, and University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Degree programs available at the University of Arizona related to the CITeR research portfolio are the M.S. and Ph.D. in Management Information Systems and an online, accredited NSA certificate in information assurance and cyber-security. Coursework is also being developed in the area of deception detection.


Clarkson University

Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Box 5730

Potsdam, New York, 13699

United States

West Virginia University

886 Chestnut Ridge Road
PO Box 6109

Morgantown, West Virginia, 26506

United States

University at Buffalo

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
113 Davis Hall

Amherst, New York, 14260

United States

Michigan State University

428 S. Shaw Lane

East Lancing, Michigan, 48824

United States

(517) 353-9731

Idiap Research Institute

Rue Marconi 19
PO Box 592

Martigny, , CH - 1920


+41 27 721 77 11