Profiles

Thirimachos Bourlai

Associate Professor

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Specializes in Multispectral Imaging and Biometrics

Telephone: 832-713-9773

Email: Thirimachos.Bourlai@uga.edu

115 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center
200 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Thirimachos Bourlai is an associate professor in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Georgia. He also serves as an adjunct associate professor in the University of West Virginia's Lane Department of Computer Science and Engineering and as an adjunct assistant professor in WVU’s School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Department of Forensic and Investigative Science and Department of Chemical Engineering. He is the founder and director of the Multi-Spectral Imagery Lab.

After earning his Ph.D. in face recognition and completing a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Surrey (U.K.), Bourlai completed a second post-doc in a joint project between Methodist Hospital and the University of Houston in the fields of thermal imaging and human-based computational physiology. He joined the staff at WVU in 2009, serving as a visiting professor, research assistant professor, tenure-track assistant professor, and associate professor in the Lane Department until July 2020. He joined UGA in August 2020. 

Honors and Distinction

  • Founder and Director of the Multispectral Imagery Laboratory
  • Board of Directors of the Document Security Alliance
  • VP on Education IEEE Biometric Council
  • SME on Biometric at HDIAC (a component of the U.S. Department of Defense's Information Analysis Center)
  • SME on Biometrics at DSIAC (a component of the U.S. Department of Defense's Information Analysis Center)
  • Academic Research and Innovation Expert Group of the Biometrics Institute
  • Springer Book Series Editor of the Advanced Sciences & Technologies for Security Applications

Research

The primary focus of Bourlai’s research is on designing and developing technology for supporting, confirming and determining human identity in challenging conditions using primarily face images, captured across the imaging spectrum (including ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared, short-wave IR, mid-wave IR and long-wave IR) and secondarily, other hard or soft biometrics including iris, fingerprints, ears and tattoos. Additionally, he has worked on liveness detection problems using face and pupil dynamics; mobile biometrics; multi-spectral eye and pupil detection; and matching mugshots from government ID documents (e.g. passports or driver’s licenses) to live face images, which includes the development of image restoration techniques to recover the original mugshot behind the watermarks. Bourlai has collaborated with experts from academia, industry and the government on projects that involve the collection of various biometric data (including multi-spectral face images, irises and tattoos) and the design and development of biometric- and forensic-based algorithms that can support law enforcement and military operations. Recently he has been working on applications of ML and DL algorithms on NASA and AFRL related projects.

Research Focus

  • Biometrics and Continuous Human Identification in the wild
  • Advanced Data Collection, Generation and Augmentation Activities 
  • Development of Prediction and Detection Models for Biometrics, Healthcare, Surveillance and Space Datasets
  • Multispectral Imaging and Analysis using Machine and Deep Learning Algorithms

Areas of Specialty

  • Multispectral Imaging (UV, Visible, NIR, SWIR, MWIR, LWIR)
  • Biometrics
    • Face Recognition
    • Fingerprint Recognition
    • Ear Recognition
    • Iris Recognition
    • Periocular
  • Object Detection and Recognition
  • Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
  • Deep Learning 
  • Prediction and Data Analytics

Education

Ph.D., Face Recognition (Biometrics), Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Surrey, U.K., 2006

M.Sc. in Medical Imaging with Distinction, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Surrey, U.K., 2002

B.S. (M.Eng. Equivalent), Electrical & Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1999

 Professional Appointments

  • Associate Professor, School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Georgia (08/2020 – present)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University (08/2020 – present)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic and Investigative Science, WVU (09/2014 – present)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Eye Institute, WVU (02/2013 – present)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, WVU (2017 – present)
  • Associate Professor, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University (08/2017 – 8/2020)
  • Assistant Professor, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University (08/2012 – 08/2017)

Past Courses

  • Human Computer Interaction and Programming (LCSEE 500 and 400 Level Course. Offered to both Graduate and Undergraduate Students) - 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010
  • CS 677 - Pattern Recognition (LCSEE - Core Course, Graduate): yearly from 2012 - 2020 
  • Computer Systems Security (LCSEE - 500 Level Graduate Course) - 2011
  • BMEG 310 - Biomedical Imaging (Chemical Engineering Department - 2015, 2016
  • BMEG 393A - Biomedical Imaging Labs, part of the Biomedical Engineering Course (Chemical Engineering Department): yearly from 2015 - 2018
  • BIOM 426 - Biometric Systems: 2018, 2019

Links

Multispectral Imagery Laboratory

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