Eliza Y. Du, Ph.D.

  Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  Associate Professor (courtesy appointment), Dept. of Computer Science

  Director, Biometrics and Pattern Recognition Laboratory

  Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

   Office: SL174E, Lab: SL 173, Email: yidu @ iupui dot edu, Phone: +1-317-278-2276, Fax: +1-317-274-4493 


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  • Toyota filed 2 patents for our lab's research designs in May 2013. Couple more patents will be filed soon.

  • Our lab filed one patent with our collaborator in INDOT in April 2013.

  • Group farewell meeting to celebrate Dr. Zhi Zhou's new job at Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, WA, in April 2013.

  • Congratulations to Kai Yang for receiving Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) Grant for his Ph.D. Research.

  • Dr. Du edited book "Biometrics: from Fiction to Practice" was published by Pan Stanford Publishing in Jan. 2013.

  • Congratulations to Francis Bowen for the Best Student Paper Award (authored with Dr. Du and Dr. Jianghai Hu) at IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics in Seoul, Korea, in Oct. 2012.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Zhi Zhou successfully passed his Ph.D. defense at Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, Oct. 2012.

  • Dr. Du's patent with her student Craig Belcher "System and method for measuring clarity of images used in an iris recognition system" was recently issued. Patent #: US8260009, Sept. 2012.



  • Image processing (including 2D, 3D, multispectral, hyperspectral, and video image processing)

  • Pattern recognition and machine learning

  • Computer vision

  • Biometrics and cybersecurity

  • Medical imaging

  • Large-scale data analysis, data mining, and big data

  • Modeling and simulation

  • Sensing and sensor design

  • Surveillance


Teaching Philosophy:


I believe learning is an active process that students have to participate. A positive, trusting, and encouraging learning environment is the key to ensure effective teaching. The most important element of teaching is not lecturing on the material itself, but engaging students in critical thinking and motivate them to practice and pursue future learning.


Courses taught:

  •  Introduction to Biometrics (MS & PhD level)

  •  Introduction to Information Theory (MS & PhD level)

  •  Patter Recognition (MS & PhD level)

  •  Digital Image Processing (MS & PhD level)

  •  Digital Communications (Undergraduate level)

  •  Linear Circuit Analysis II (Undergraduate level)

  •  Signals and Systems (Undergraduate level)

  •  Probability and Random Process (Undergraduate level)

  •  Semiconductor Device Fundamentals (Undergraduate level)




  • Received the Best Student Paper Award along with her Ph.D. student Francis Bowen and collaborator Dr. Jianghai Hu at IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics in Seoul, Korea, in Oct. 2012.

  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Workshop on Computational Intelligence in Biometrics: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications, 2009

  • Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award, 2009

  • IUPUI Supervisor of the Year Recognition Award, 2009

  • IUPUI Prestigious External Award Recognition, 2008

  • ONR Young Investigator Award, 2007

  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi (All Academic Disciplines Honor Society)

  • Member, Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)






  • Nominated to appear in the 2012 SPIE Monthly Planner, 2012 here.

  • Report about the licensing of seven patents for commercialization, 2010 here.

  • Interviewed by Science Magazine for her opinion about iris recognition in the presents of disease, 2009. The full article can be accessed here

  • Interviewed by the National Public Radio (NPR) about her view of iris recognition in August 2007. Full record can be accessed here.

  • Interviewed by ONR News Editor about her project of non-cooperative iris recognition in July 2007. Full article can be accessed here here.

  • Interviewed for her research in iris recognition area in June 2007. Full article can be accessed here.


Contact Address: 723 W. Michigan Street, SL 160, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA

Copyright © 2013 Eliza Y. Du

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