What are the current-state technologies, solutions, and limitations of stand-off biometric identification, specifically in face recognition? What U.S. government programs are active in this topic? DSIAC was tasked with investigating standoff biometric identification, specifically face recognition, technologies/solutions, and their limitations. Also of interest were U.S. government programs researching this topic and pertinent publications/reports related…

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Joseph Peñano, PhD

My current research interests include high-energy and high-intensity laser physics, atmospheric propagation of high-energy and ultra-short pulse lasers, interactions of intense ultra-short lasers with dielectric materials, and laser plasma accelerators. I am the recipient of multiple Navy Research Laboratory (NRL) Featured Research Awards, Alan Berman Publication Awards, the Dolores Etter Top Navy Scientists and Engineers Award, and NRL Technology Transfer Awards for the Incoherently Combined Fiber Laser Architecture and the High-Energy Laser Counter-Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Program Laser Propagation Simulation. I hold a Ph.D. in plasma physics from the University of California, Los Angeles.