Eric Kukula

Eric Kukula

Areas of Expertise: 
Identity Intelligence, Investigative Sciences, Forensics, Machine Learning

Background: 
Dr. Eric Kukula is Director of Identity Intelligence at Noblis and an expert at bridging the complex gap between law enforcement and intelligence operations, technical requirements, emerging technologies, and program management. He currently serves as a senior solutions architect and a human-centered design/usability subject matter expert on various Noblis projects, focusing on how analysts and operators use investigative sciences, forensics, and machine learning for identity and multimedia discovery, exploitation, and analysis operations. He has over 15 years’ experience leading technical, non-technical, and operational teams to enhance investigatory capabilities for civilian security and intelligence missions, including: defining concepts of operation, developing technical requirements and strategies, assessing emerging capabilities, and developing/deploying new technologies.

Noblis Projects:
Program Manager for the Identity Intelligence portfolio spanning:

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of State (DOS)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  • Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)

Education: 
Doctor of Philosophy, Technology and Computational Science, Purdue University
Master of Science, Technology and Information Security, Purdue University
Bachelor of Science, Industrial Distribution and Management, Purdue University 

Certifications: 
Project Management Professional (PMP)

Patent:
Kukula, E., Modi, S., & Elliott, S., "Fingerprint Acquisition System and Method Using Force Measurements," United States 8,310,372 B2, Issued November 2012.

Publications: 
Kukula, E.P.*, Wolfhope, P., Shaw, F., Wallner, R., Breckenkamp, A., Kiebuzinski, G. & Nadel, L. (2012). Use Case and Scenario Driven Mobile Biometric Testing and Evaluation: A Framework to Cross-Reference Requirements and Test Methods, Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security Technologies (HST), Waltham, MA.

Kukula, E. P.* & Shaw, F*. (2012, March 8). Towards a Mobile Biometric Test Framework, Presented at International Biometric Performance Testing Conference 2012, Gaithersburg, MD.

Elliott, S.J. Senjaya, B.* Kukula, E.P. Werner, J.M. Wade, M. (2010). An evaluation of the Human Biometric Sensor Interaction using hand geometry. (259-265). Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE

International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST). San Jose, CA. Print ISBN: 978-1-4244-7403-5. Digital Object Identifier :  10.1109/CCST.2010.5678710

Elliott, S. & Kukula, E.* (2010). A definitional framework for the human-biometric sensor interaction model. Proceedings of the Biometric Technology for Human Identification VII Conference, SPIE Symposium on SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing. Orlando, FL. Vol. 7667, 7667OH. ISBN: 978-0-8194813-1-3. doi: 10.1117/12.850595.

Kukula, E., & Elliott, S. (2009).  Ergonomic Design for Biometric Systems. In S. Li (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Biometrics. Springer. pp. 1260. ISBN 978-0-387-73002-8 (paper) ISBN: 978-0-387-73003-5 (electronic).

Elliott, S., Kukula, E., &. Lazarick, R. (2009).  Operational Times. In S. Li (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Biometrics. Springer. pp. 1260. ISBN 978-0-387-73002-8 (paper) ISBN: 978-0-387-73003-5 (electronic).

Elliott, S., Kukula, E., & Modi, S. (2007).  Issues Involving the Human Biometric Sensor Interface. In S. Yanushkevich, P. Wang, &  S. Srihari (Eds.), Image Pattern Recognition: Synthesis and Analysis in Biometrics. World Scientific Publishers. Series in Machine Perception and Artificial Intelligence. Vol. 67. pp. 339-364. ISBN: 978-981-256-908-0.

Kukula, E.P., Sutton, M.J., & Elliott, S.J. (2010). The Human-Biometric Sensor Interaction Evaluation Method: Biometric Performance and Usability Measurements. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement. Vol 59 (4) doi: 10.1109/TIM.2009.2037878.  p. 784-791.

Kukula, E.P., Blomeke, C.R., Modi, S.K. and Elliott, S.J. (2009). Effect of human-biometric sensor interaction on fingerprint matching performance, image quality and minutiae count. Int. J. Computer Applications in Technology. Vol. 34 (4), pp. 270–277. ISSN: 0952-8091.

Elliott, S. J. & Kukula, E.P. (2007).  The Challenges Associated with Laboratory-Based Distance Education. EDUCAUSE Quarterly. Vol. 30 (1). pp. 37-42

Kukula, E. P, & Elliott, S. J. (2006).  Implementation of hand geometry: An analysis of user perspectives and system performance. IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine. Vol 21 (3), March 2006. pp. 3-9.

Kukula, E. P, & Elliott, S. J. (2004).  Evaluation of a Facial Recognition Algorithm Across Three Illumination Conditions. IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine. Vol 19 (9). pp. 19-23.

Kukula, E., Elliott, S., & Tilton, C. (co-editors), “INCITS Technical Report for Information Technology - Biometric Performance Testing and Reporting - Part 7: Framework for Testing Methodologies for Specific Modalities,” INCITS TR-45-2009, August 2009.

Kukula, E.* & Proctor, R. (2009). Human-Biometric Sensor Interaction: Impact of Training on Biometric System and User Performance. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. M.J. Smith and G. Salvendy (Eds.): Human Interface, Part II, HCII 2009, LNCS 5618, pp. 168–177. ISBN: 978-3-642-02944-8.

Kukula, E.* & Harbor, J. (2009). Biometric Technology Program to Promote STEM Education for the K-12 Environment. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering and Computer Education (ICECE’2009): Educating Engineers for Innovation. Buenos Aires, Argentina. ISBN: 858912062-7.

Kukula, E.*, Blomeke, C., Modi, S., & Elliott, S. (2008).  Effect of Human Interaction on Fingerprint Matching Performance, Image Quality, and Minutiae Count. (771-776). Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2008). Cairns, Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9803267-2-7.

Modi, S., Elliott, S., Kim, H., & Kukula, E.* (2008).  Statistical Analysis Framework for Biometric System Interoperability Testing. (777-782). Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2008). Cairns, Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9803267-2-7.

Frick, M.*, Modi, S., Elliott, S., & Kukula, E. (2008).  Impact of Gender on Fingerprint Recognition Systems. (717-721). Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2008). Cairns, Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9803267-2-7.

Kukula, E.*, Elliott, S., & Duffy, V. (2007).  The Effects of Human Interaction on Biometric System Performance. (903-913). Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction and 1st International Conference on Digital-Human Modeling. Beijing, China, Springer-Verlag. LNCS 4561. ISBN 978-3-540-73318-8.

Kukula, E.*, Elliott, S., Gresock, B., & Dunning, N. (2007).  Defining Habituation using Hand Geometry. (242-246). Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Workshop on Automatic Identification Advanced Technologies. Alghero, Italy. ISBN: 1-4244-1300-1.

Kukula, E.*, Elliott, S., Kim, H., & San Martin, C. (2007).  The Impact of Fingerprint Force on Image Quality and the Detection of Minutiae. (432-437). Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology (EIT). Chicago, IL. ISBN: 978-1-4244-0941-9.

Kukula, E.* & Elliott, S. (2006).  Implementing Ergonomic Principles in a Biometric System: A Look at the Human Biometric Sensor Interaction. (86-91). Proceedings of the 40th IEEE International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST). Lexington, KY. ISBN: 1-4244-0174-7.

Elliott, S. J., & Kukula, E. P.* (2006).  The Evolution and Enhancement of a Graduate Course in Biometrics. (89-92) World Congress on Computer Science, Engineering, and Technology Education (WCCSETE), Santos, Brazil. ISBN: 85-89120-30-9.

Elliott, S. J.*, Kukula, E. P., & Sickler, N. C. (2006).  An Assessment of Performance Between On- and Off Campus Students in an Automatic Identification and Data Capture Course, (93-96). World Congress on Computer Science, Engineering, and Technology Education (WCCSETE), Santos, Brazil. ISBN: 85-89120-30-9.

Kukula, E. P.*, & Elliott, S. J. (2005).  Implementation of hand geometry at Purdue University’s Recreational Center. An analysis of user perspectives and system performance. (83-88). Proceedings of the 39th Annual International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST). Las Palmas de G. C., Spain. ISBN: 0-7803-9245-0.

Kukula, E. P.*, Elliott, S.J., Waupotitsch, R., & Pesenti, B. (2004).  Effects of Illumination Changes on the Performance of Geometrix FaceVision 3D FRS. (331-337). Proceedings of the 38th Annual 2004 International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST). Albuquerque, New Mexico. ISBN: 0-7803-8506-3.

Elliott, S. J.*, Kukula, E. P., & Sickler, N. C., (2004). The Challenges of the Environment and the Human / Biometric Device Interaction on Biometric System Performance, International Workshop on Biometric Technologies-Special forum on Modeling and Simulation in Biometric Technology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Kukula, E.P., Sickler, N.C., & Elliott, S.J. (2004, March 14-17). Adaptation and Implementation to a Graduate Course Development in Biometrics. Paper presented at the World Congress on Engineering and Technology Education (WCETE), Santos, Brazil

Sickler, N.C., Kukula, E.P., & Elliott, S.J. (2004, March 14-17). Using Web-Based Tools to Enhance Students Learning in the Field of Automatic Identification and Data Capture. Paper presented at the World Congress on Engineering and Technology Education (WCETE), Santos, Brazil

Kukula, E.P.*, & Elliott, S.J. (2003, October 14 - 16). Securing a Restricted Site: Biometric Authentication at Entry Point. Paper presented at the 37th Annual 2003 International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST), pp. 435-439, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

Morton, J., Portell, C., Elliott, S., & Kukula, E.* (2003, October 14 - 16). Facial Recognition at Purdue University's Airport 2003-2008. Paper presented at the 37th Annual 2003 International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST), pp.531-534, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

Kukula, E. P.* & Elliott, S. J. (2010, March 2). Beyond current testing standards: A framework for evaluating human-sensor interaction, Presented at International Biometric Performance Testing Conference 2010, Gaithersburg, MD. NIST Special Publication 500-283.

Kukula, E. P.* (2009, September 24). Evaluating the Human-Biometric Sensor Interaction (HBSI). Presented during the Design Considerations for Biometric Systems Panel Session at the Biometric Consortium, Tampa Bay, FL.

Kukula, E. P.* (2007, November 7-8). Understanding the Impact of the Human-Biometric Sensor Interaction and System Design on Biometric Image Quality. Presented at the NIST Biometric Quality Workshop II, Gaithersburg, MD.

Kukula, E. P.* (2004, September 19 – 22). Effects of Light Direction on the Performance of Geometrix FaceVision 3D Face Recognition System. Paper presented at the Biometric Consortium, Hyatt Regency Washington, D.C.  Kukula, E.P.*, & Elliott, S.J. (2003). Securing a Restricted Site: Biometric Authentication at Entry Point. Paper presented at the Biometric Consortium - Biometric Symposium on Research, Hyatt Regency Washington, D.C.

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