COLLEGE DIRECTORY       :      VISIT ELLER      :      LOG IN 
The University of Arizona | Eller College of Management The University of Arizona Eller College of Management
Eller College Home > Department of MIS> News and Events > MIS News > KOLD News: Reviews Virtual Border Agent
Management Information Systems

KOLD News: Virtual Border Agent Can Tell When You're Lying

March 2, 2011

By Ana Campos

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - New technology being developed at the University of Arizona puts a whole new face on deception detection.

It may look like an ATM but you're not going to get any money out of this guy.

Meet Avatar, the Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-time. His job is to detect what border agents can't.

"An agent can't detect changes in your pupil changes down in the millimeter level. They can't, but the machine can provide that," said Doug Derrick, a researcher on the project at UA's Eller College.

The Avatar kiosk has a high definition camera that captures facial expression to help border agents screen out those who have something to hide. It's equipped with infrared sensors that detect eye dilation and movement and it has a microphone that picks up what you say and how you say it.

(Watch the video to see if KOLD News 13 reporter Ana Campos could deceive the machine.)

The avatar is in its testing phase right now and will continue to evolve before its ready to hit the check points. The project is part of the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Border Security and Immigration at the U of A.

Copyright 2011 KOLD. All rights reserved.

Have a news article you would like to share? Please contact us.