Securing Birth Certificate Documents with DNA Profiles
Keynote speaker: Dr. Ying Liu of St. Johns University
The birth certificate is a document used by a person to obtain identification and licensing documents throughout their lifetime. For identity verification, the birth certificate provides limited information to support a person’s claim of identity. Authentication to the birth certificate is strictly a matter of possession. DNA profiling is becoming a commodity analysis that can be done accurately in under two hours with little human intervention. The DNA profile is a superior biometric to add to a birth record because it is stable throughout a person’s life and beyond. Acceptability of universal DNA profiling will depend heavily on privacy and safety concerns. The U.S. FBI CODIS profile is used as a basis to discuss the effectiveness of DNA profiling and to provide a practical basis for a discussion of potential privacy and authenticity controls. It is important to note that adopting DNA profiles to improve document security should be done cautiously.
Dr. Ying Liu received his B.S. degree in Environmental Biology from Nanjing University, China. He received Masters degrees in Bioinformatics and Computer Science, and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science, College of Professional Studies, St. John’s University. His research interests include data mining, text mining, big data analytics, bioinformatics, computational biology, and database system. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed research papers in various journals and conferences. He has served as a program cochair/ conference co-chair and a program committee member for several international conferences/workshops. He is a lifetime member of the ACM.