A partnership that includes LaTech and CIC was recently awarded over $2M from DARPA for two distinct but related projects. The organization and computer scientists at Louisiana Tech University are working together on a collaborative project to refine algorithms able to authenticate computer and smartphone users. The goal of the larger project ($1.8M) is to develop a collection of effective keyboard-based biometric algorithms that analyze free text input in a variety of ways in order to capture the unique mechanics of how a user types (atomic keystroke dynamics), the unique aspects of how the user composes text and uses language (cogni-linguistic features), and the demographic classifications to which the user belongs. These algorithms will be delivered as a library of software modules coded to conform to an open API (Application Programmer Interface) so that they may be incorporated into a Desktop Biometric Platform capable of active user authentication without requiring the user to interrupt his or her workflow.
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