SCE Professor Reza Derakhshani is an invited speaker at MSPE’s 73rd Annual Convention at the Lake of the Ozarks on June 16, 2010. Biometrics: now and the future is his talk’s title. He will present the current state of the art in biometric identification, discussing both their strengths and vulnerabilities and conclude with a discussion on the future of identification technologies and their potential implications. Biometrics is the science of discovering or verifying individuals’ identities based on their unique physiological traits, such as iris, vein, or fingerprint patterns. Applications typically include securing authorized access to a protected physical or informational entity. Some biometric measures such as fingerprinting have been known since the ancient times. However, given the recent digital revolution and security needs, we are increasingly encountering different forms of biometrics in many aspects of our lives.