Prof. James L. Wayman

James Wayman is a research administrator in the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at San Jose State University He received the Ph.D. degree in engineering in 1980 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the 1980s, under contract to the U.S. Department of Defense, he invented and developed a biometric authentication technology based on the acoustic resonances of the human head. He joined San Jose State University in 1995 to direct the Biometric Identification Research Program, serving as Director of the U.S. National Biometric Test Center at San Jose State from 1997-2000. He is co-editor of J.Wayman, A. Jain, D. Maltoni and D.Maio (eds) Biometric Systems (Springer, London, 2005), a Fellow of the British Institution of Engineering and Technology, U.K. "Head of Delegation Working Group 1" on the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37 standards committee on biometrics, a "core member" of the U.K. Biometrics Working Group, and a member Biometrics Experts Committee of the U.K. Home Office. He is a member of the U.S. National Academies of Science/National Research Council Committee "Whither Biometrics?", the NRC Panel on Information Technology, and previously served on the NRC "Authentication Technologies and their Implications for Privacy" committee. He is an honorary Professor of Electronics at the University of Kent, holds 4 patents in speech processing and has served as a paid biometrics advisor to 8 national governments.




European Commission

EU Horizon 2020



Technical Committee on Biometrics (TC4)



European Association for Signal Processing



Morpho - Safran group


EAB European Association for Biometrics


Biometrics Institute




University of Sassari