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Special Topic Session: Disruptive global trends and the role of effective identity technology

Arun Vemury,
 People Screening Program Director, DHS Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), USA

Other Panelists:

Florian Forster, Head, Immigration and Border Management (IBM), Department of Migration Management (DMM), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Switzerland

Seth Stodder, Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border, Immigration & Trade Policy, USA

Anne Shere Wallwork, Senior Counselor for Strategic Policy, Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, U.S. Department of the Treasury, USA

Regional conflicts, mass refugee migration, economic uncertainty, political unrest, domestic lone wolf attacks, and international terrorism are just some of the disruptive trends that have become complex global challenges. These challenges share the common requirement of needing to identify individuals for various reasons. Governments, nongovernmental organizations, and for-profit companies face these challenges and must identify friend from foe, innocent from guilty, citizen from foreign national, or those entitled to social benefit.  This panel will discuss major disruptive global trends affecting our world today and how identity technologies aid decision makers in their missions to prevent or manage the effects of those trends.  This panel will appeal to those working the fields of foreign policy and immigration, national defense and homeland security, and identity technology.

Arun Vemury oversees a portfolio of innovative projects designed to transform traveler screening, inspection, and facilitation processes for the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Department’s mission components in CBP, TSA, and elsewhere. His projects have included a number of R&D activities to facilitate implementation of iris and face-recognition technologies and to improve cutting-edge imaging techniques to develop the next generation of fingerprint scanner technologies. He has received multiple government awards for his contributions in the development of the Department’s entry/ exit system. Prior to joining DHS, he was a government contractor supporting biometrics and identity management projects. He completed his undergraduate work in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland and his graduate degree in computer engineering at the George Washington University. He has co-authored several technical articles on various aspects of biometric technologies.

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