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Aaron Elkins graduated from San Diego State University in 2003 at the top of his class with a bachelor's degree in information system technology. Thirteen years and a doctorate degree later, he has returned to SDSU in a new role as a professor in the management information systems (MIS) department.
“My research looks at how computers can tell when people lie, how they can tell when people are feeling a certain way based on their voice or eyes or behaviors,”
Elkins is currently working on projects that involve homeland security in airports and border crossings around the globe. In his spare time, Elkins also works on automobile technology screening projects for the Singapore government and customs declarations for Canada.
The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR) is currently being tested in conjunction with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) to help border security agents determine whether travelers coming into Canada may have undisclosed motives for entering the country.
“AVATAR is a kiosk, much like an airport check-in or grocery store self-checkout kiosk,” said San Diego State University management information systems professor Aaron Elkins. “However, this kiosk has a face on the screen that asks questions of travelers and can detect changes in physiology and behavior during the interview. The system can detect changes in the eyes, voice, gestures and posture to determine potential risk. It can even tell when you’re curling your toes.”
“We’ve come to realize that this can be used not just for border security, but also for law enforcement, job interviews and other human resources applications as well,” Elkins said. “We continue to make improvements, such as analyzing the collected data using Big Data analysis techniques that make AVATAR a potentially valuable tool across many industries.”
“I am always trying to do high impact research, things that help change the world,”
originally posted by: ManBehindTheMask
Scary, as I can't think of a single person alive that's not "capable" of commiting a crime , no matter how squeaky clean you are