KSU scientists granted American patent on biometric security

Updated 03 June 2016

KSU scientists granted American patent on biometric security

Three scientists from King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in the Kingdom for academic excellence, have been granted a US patent on biometric security.
“KSU scientists Imran Razzaq, Khaled Alghathbar and Muhammad Khurram Khan earned the patent on their new invention titled “face recognition using multilayered discriminant analysis under patent number 9,355,303 in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO),” a media coordinator at KSU said.
They expressed gratitude to the KSU leadership and Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing Program (IPTL) for encouragement, support and assistance toward this major scientific breakthrough, he said.
This was created after research and development work at the Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA) at KSU, and the results of the research were presented at an international conference in South Korea, while a paper was published in an ISI-indexed international journal.
Commenting on their research the scientists said, “this invention is a landmark research in face recognition, which can be applied for human identification in civil, defense as well as commercial biometric applications.”
“We are enthusiastic and passionate about the commercialization of this invention and hope our research outcomes and passion meet with the new goals and objectives of Vision 2030 to transform the Kingdom into a knowledge-based economy.”
Notably, the human face plays a key role in our daily social interactions and identification purposes, hence, automated face recognition has become one of the most important research areas of human identification or biometrics.
In the last few decades, biometric recognition has been an intensive field of research and development, and the human face has been a popular biometric identification factor used for investigative, security and anti-terrorism purposes due to its ease of use and potential ability to identify an individual from distance.
Automated face recognition is vital to perform real-time recognition of a person from a large-scale database.
Compared to other biometric systems, face identification has distinct advantages because of its non-contact interaction with the sensor or camera.
Face images can be captured from a distance without touching the person being identified, and the identification does not require interacting with the person.
In addition, face recognition could serve in crime deterrent because face images that have been recorded and archived in a database can later help in the identification of criminals.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), first used face biometrics in smart biometric passports, or e-passports, for border crossing and immigration purposes.

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.