Anil Jain

Anil  Jain
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Computer Science and Engineering


Anil K. Jain is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He is considered by many to be the top biometric recognition, or simply biometrics, expert in the world. His research interests include biometrics, pattern recognition, computer vision, machine learning, and image processing.

He received a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), and Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).

He has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, Humboldt Research Award, Fulbright fellowship, IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement award, IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award, IAPR King-Sun Fu Prize, IEEE ICDM Research Contribution Award, IAPR Senior Biometric Investigator Award, MSU Withrow Teaching Excellence Award, and the MSU 2014 Innovator of the Year Award.

He has been assigned six U.S. patents on fingerprint recognition and two Korean patents on video surveillance. He has also licensed technologies to forensics and law enforcement agencies. He is the author of several popular books and served as a member of the National Academies panels on Whither Biometrics and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and was appointed a member of the Defense Science Board. He also served as a member of the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB), co-organizer of Program on Forensics at the Statistical and Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) and a member of the AAAS Latent Fingerprint Working Group.