NEC Corporation of America Supports MSU Biometrics Research

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September 13, 2012

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider of innovative IT, biometrics, network, and communications products and solutions, is working with Michigan State University’s College of Engineering to help fund biometrics research.

A generous gift from NEC will support ongoing research on fingerprint matching and face recognition, and will also serve as “seed money” in initiating new projects in MSU’s Pattern Recognition and Image Processing (PRIP) Lab.

Biometrics research at MSU is led by Anil K. Jain, University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering at MSU and an internationally recognized leader in the area of biometrics and pattern recognition research.

"NEC is a world leader in biometrics technologies, and MSU is one of the leading academic research labs in biometrics with a long history of collaboration with various biometrics companies,” said Jain. “This new relationship with NEC, and this gift, will allow us to identify new, challenging research directions in the growing field of biometrics recognition.”

“NEC is pleased to be supporting MSU, one of the leading academic organizations in the area of biometrics,” said Raffie Beroukhim, vice president of Biometrics Solutions Division, NEC. “Dr. Jain and his research staff have advanced the field of biometrics research, and in close collaboration with the Michigan State Police, a user of NEC’s Multi-Modal Biometrics Identification System, have developed new, innovative biometrics technology. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with the research lab.”

Since establishing its biometrics research lab in 1992, MSU has graduated 20 PhD students who have completed their theses on the topic of biometrics; many of them are now internationally recognized biometrics researchers.

Since the 1970s, NEC has invested significant resources in the research and development of its biometric identification technologies, and has consistently achieved world-leading results in independent, third-party testing.

“Industrial/academic collaborations such as this relationship with NEC will foster advances in biometrics that will help law enforcement and forensic agencies worldwide,” said Jeremy Slavish, acting director of the Biometrics and Identification Division of the Michigan State Police.

Photo caption: A generous gift from NEC Corporation of America will support fingerprint matching and face recognition research at Michigan State University. Representatives from NEC visited MSU on September 11, 2012. From left to right: Kris Ranganath, product director, NEC; Peter Sakkal, sales director, NEC; Satish Udpa, dean, MSU College of Engineering; Raffie Beroukhim, vice president of Biometrics Solutions Division, NEC; Anil Jain, University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering, MSU College of Engineering; and Matt Mutka, chairperson, MSU Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Photo by Harley J. Seeley.


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About NEC Corporation of America

Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC Corporation of America is a leading provider of innovative IT, biometrics, network, and communications products and solutions for service carriers, Fortune 1000 and SMB businesses across multiple vertical industries, including Healthcare, Government, Education and Hospitality. NEC Corporation of America delivers one of the industry's broadest portfolios of technology solutions and professional services, including unified communications, wireless, voice and data, managed services, server and storage infrastructure, optical network systems, microwave radio communications and biometric security. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in over 44 countries and more than $37 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit