Austin Hicklin

Austin Hicklin

Areas of Expertise: 
Biometrics and forensic science 

Background:
Austin conducts studies designed to evaluate and support the scientific basis for forensic fingerprint analyses, develop tools to improve the effectiveness of fingerprint and face comparisons, evaluate the effectiveness of automated biometric systems, and develop biometric standards. 

Noblis Projects:

  • Latent fingerprint quality
  • Evaluations of the accuracy and reliability of latent fingerprint examiners (Black Box, and White Box studies)
  • Universal Latent Workstation
  • Latent fingerprint interoperability

Education:
Master's Degree, Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Bachelor's Degree, English, University of Virginia

Awards and Recognition:
Starting in 2014, Austin has been the chair of the Physics and Pattern Evidence Scientific Area Committee on theNational Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) first Forensic Science Standards board. He was awarded the International Association for Identification Good of the Association Award in 2014. He led teams that won the Noblis Board of Trustees Award in 2004 and 2012, and was awarded the Charles A. Zraket Award for Excellence in Science and Technology in 2008.


Publications:

B.T. Ulery, R.A. Hicklin, M.A. Roberts, J. Buscaglia (2016). Interexaminer variation of minutia markup on latent fingerprints. Forensic Science International, 264:89-99.

B.T. Ulery, R.A. Hicklin, M.A. Roberts, J. Buscaglia “Changes in latent fingerprint examiners’ markup between Analysis and Comparison.” Forensic Science International 247(2014):54-61; Feb 2015.

B.T. Ulery, R.A. Hicklin, Roberts MA, Buscaglia J. “Measuring what latent fingerprint examiners consider sufficient information for individualization determinations.” PLoS ONE 9(11): e110179, Nov 2014.

Kalka, N.D. and R.A. Hicklin, “On relative distortion in fingerprint comparison.” Forensic Science International 244(2014), 78-84, Nov 2014.

B.T. Ulery, R.A. Hicklin, G.I. Kiebuzinski, J. Buscaglia, M.R. Roberts; “Understanding the sufficiency of information for latent fingerprint value determinations”; Forensic Science International 230(1-3):99-106; July 2013.

R.A. Hicklin, J. Buscaglia, M.A. Roberts; “Assessing the Clarity of Friction Ridge Impressions”; Forensic Science International 226(1-3):106-17; March 2013.

W.J. Chapman, R.A. Hicklin, et al; “Latent Interoperability Transmission Specification”; NIST Special Publication 1152, January 2013.

W.J. Chapman, R.A. Hicklin, et al; “Markup Instructions for Extended Friction Ridge Features”; NIST Special Publication 1151, January 2013.

W.J. Chapman, R.A. Hicklin, et al; “Extended Feature Set Profile Specification”; NIST Special Publication 1134, January 2013.

Indovina, M., V. Dvornychenko, R. A. Hicklin, and G. I. Kiebuzinski; “ELFT‐EFS Evaluation of Latent Fingerprint Technologies: Extended Feature Sets, Evaluation #2.” NIST Interagency Report 7859, May 2012.

B. T. Ulery, R. A. Hicklin, J. Buscaglia, M. R. Roberts; “Repeatability and Reproducibility of Decisions by Latent Fingerprint Examiners”; PLoS ONE 7(3), March 2012.

R. A. Hicklin, et al; “Latent Fingerprint Quality: A Survey of Examiners”; Journal of Forensic Identification 61(4), July 2011.

B. T. Ulery, R. A. Hicklin, J. Buscaglia, M. R. Roberts; “Accuracy and Reliability of Forensic Latent Fingerprint Decisions”; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(19), April 2011.

M. Indovina, R. A. Hicklin, G. I. Kiebuzinski; “ELFT‐EFS Evaluation of Latent Fingerprint Technologies: Extended Feature Sets, Evaluation #1”; NIST Interagency Report 7775, March 2011.

R. A.Hicklin; “The Anatomy of Friction Ridge Skin”; Encyclopedia of Biometrics; Springer Verlag, 2009.

B. T. Ulery, R. A. Hicklin, C. Watson, W. Fellner, P. Hallinan; “Studies of Biometric Fusion”; NIST Interagency Report 7346; September 2006.

R. A. Hicklin, R. Khanna; “The Role of Data Quality in Biometric Systems,” February 2006. Report to US Department of Homeland Security, US-VISIT.

R. A Hicklin, C. Watson, B. T. Ulery; “The Myth of Goats: How many people have fingerprints that are hard to match?”; NIST Interagency Report 7271; September 2005.

B. T. Ulery, R. A. Hicklin, C. Watson, M. Indovina, K. Kwong; “Slap Fingerprint Segmentation Evaluation 2004 Analysis Report”; NIST Interagency Report 7209; March 2005.

C. Wilson, R. A. Hicklin, H. Korves, B. T. Ulery, M. Zoepfl, M. Bone, P. Grother, R. Micheals, S. Otto, C. Watson; “Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation 2003”; NIST Interagency Report 7123; June 2004.

C. Wilson, C. Watson, M. Garris, R. A. Hicklin; “Studies of Fingerprint Matching Using the NIST Verification Test Bed (VTB)”; NIST Interagency Report 7020; July 2003.

R. A. Hicklin and C. Reedy; “IDENT/IAFIS Image Quality Study Implications for Visa Fingerprint Processing”; Mitretek Systems; October 2002. Report to U.S. Dept. of Justice.

D. D’Amato, R. A. Hicklin, R. Khanna, G. Kiebuzinski, L. Nadel, and J. Splain; “IDENT/IAFIS Image Quality Study”; Mitretek Systems; December 2000. Report to U.S. Dept. of Justice.

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