We've had fingerprints for years as unique identifiers of individuals and in recent times their uniqueness has been successfully employed for access control. More recently they've been followed by voiceprints and iris scans as unique personal attributes that can be used for access to information systems. But brain waves?
It sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but CSU research student Bhupesh Mansukhani hopes he can make brain waves a reliable and much superior alternative to passwords for access to cloud computing services.
He explains: "Each brain emits distinct brain waves upon specific thought processes. The user of the system will be asked to produce the brain wave for the first time to establish a baseline (in current scenario we call it setting up a password).
"Once the baseline has been captured the user would be asked to think the same thought as in the baseline, the application would capture the EEG scan of the user and then match it with the baseline (stored encrypted in a centralised database server), upon a successful match the user would be given access to the system."
He points out that, if successful, the technique would eradicate the need of entering and remembering passwords and would have numerous applications in the field of technology.
Mansukhani is doing his research as part of CSU’s Doctor of Information Technology course. It's offered only by distance education and is designed to give students maximum flexibility in their study schedule.
Mansukhani is no stranger to CSU. "This is my third consecutive degree from CSU," he says. "But my learning experience in this degree has been by far the best experience of any degree I have completed through CSU. I'm being pushed to think outside the box and come up with something innovative, or that may enhance an existing technology."
He adds: "In this course all my experience and knowledge have been pushed to the limits because of the quality of CSU's perspective of DIT. I was scared about my road to DIT initially but the CSU supervisors and staff have been supportive at each step of my learning experience, sharing their experiences and encouraging me to pursue and nurture what I wanted. So far whatever I have achieved in this degree is due to the support of my supervisors, especially Dr Tanveer Zia and D Zahid Islam."
In CSU’s Doctor of Information Technology course students complete the coursework component in part-time mode and then can choose from full-time and part-time study options for the thesis component.
During the coursework component students develop a series of IT industry white papers then, for their final thesis, choose “a real world issue or innovation that delivers tangible benefits to the information technology industry.” To ensure industry relevance supervisory teams include an industry based adjunct supervisor who is an expert in the area the student is researching.
Students who do not want to go the whole hog, produce a thesis and earn a Doctorate of IT can still gain either a Graduate Certificate in Computing Research or a Master of Computing Research, thanks to the structure of the course. It provides exit points at which students can either take a break or leave the course all together.
CSU says successful completion of the Doctor of IT course should prepare students for middle to senior level ICT roles such as chief information officer, chief information security officer, chief technology officer, development manager, enterprise architect, IT manager, IT strategist, IT policy managers and ICT consultant.
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