Foteini Agrafioti, an Innovator Changing World of Biometrics

When Foteini Agrafioti set out to see whether heartbeats where as unique as fingerprints, she was told not to. Despite discouragement by academics that her research could be disruptive and had the potential to fail, Agrafioti pursued her research at University of Toronto for six years. It proved successful. “Back at the univerity we asked students to visit our lab and we recorded their heartbeats,” says Agrafioti, who recently talked about her innovative journey at the Audience View Speaker Series. From that, a huge database was created where a specially designed algorithm would track the different characteristics of each person’s heartbeat. “These algorithms were giving the same accuracy in identification as fingerprints,” says Agrafioti. “And that was really exciting.” In spite of initial pushback from academics worldwide, Agrafioti’s groundbreaking research…

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