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Michael King

Associate Professor of Computer Science & Cyber Security, Harris Institute for Assured Information, Florida Institute of Technology


PANEL Discussion – Building public trust around biometric technology

ModeratorJames Loudermilk

Other panelists
Brenda Leong
David Benini,

  • Discussing the need to focus on public education/awareness regarding the specifics of biometrics technology;
  • The importance of transparency in data collected and used in biometrics systems;
  • Identifying and addressing the privacy and security concerns of ‘non-secret’ authentication/verification techniques.

This panel will focus on the need to demystify biometric technology, raise public awareness of the way the technology works, and communicate the protections and standards involved that provide the infrastructure for this industry. This includes a detailed examination of the role of transparency in individual applications and services for understanding what data is collected, how it is used, the control available to an individual consumer, and the practices in place to limit exposure. The foundation of this discussion requires a clear acknowledgement of the fears, both realistic and exaggerated, that currently exist in the public perception, and a strategy to address and manage those expectations thoughtfully. Ultimately, the goal is to demonstrate that public trust is not only necessary, but possible, in order to further expand these technologies in a way consistent with privacy interests, as well innovation and efficiency of services.


Dr Michael King is a Research Scientist at Florida Institute of Technology’s Harris Institute for Assured Information, and holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences and Cyber Security.

Prior to joining academia, Dr King served for more than 10 years as a scientific research/program management professional in the United States Intelligence Community. While in government, Dr King created, directed, and managed research portfolios covering a broad range of topics related to biometrics and identity to include: advanced exploitation algorithm development, advanced sensors and acquisition systems, and computational imaging. He crafted and led the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s (IARPA) Biometric Exploitation Science and Technology (BEST) Program to transition technology deliverables successfully to several Government organizations.

Recognized as an expert in biometrics and identity intelligence, he has been invited to brief the Director of National Intelligence, Congressional staffers and science advisers, Defense Science Board, and Intelligence Science Board. He also served as Intelligence Community Department Lead to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Biometrics and Identity Management (2005 – 2012).

Dr King received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2001 and has research interests in the areas of biometrics, cyber identity, and machine learning.

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