Episode 3: The Future of Gait Recognition and Biometrics with Mark Nixon

When you think of biometrics, what do you think about? Voice recognition? Fingerprint security? How about the way you walk? If not, you certainly will after this episode. This week on You Should Know This, I sit down with Mark Nixon, professor, author and pioneer in gait recognition, to dive into this sub-genre of the biometrics industry. From its conception to how it has been used in court cases, we discuss what gait recognition is, if it's possible to both change your own gait or mimic someone else's, and what the future holds.


Clara Mouawad

Clara is the Content Specialist at BCC Research, where she spends her time writing blogs and white papers, designing graphics and thinking up ways BCC can take over the world...like with a podcast.

A world traveler (less so during COVID19, of course), marketing whiz and always thirsty for knowledge, Clara finds innovators in a variety of fields and asks the question that our listeners want to know: How will this industry, technology or company shape how we live and work in the future?

Episode Timeline

  • [00:30]Introducing the world of biometrics and gait recognition
  • [01:30]The history of biometrics and the birth of gait recognition
  • [03:08]The uniqueness of a person's gait and how it's identified
  • [04:50]How a person's gait evolves over time
  • [06:13]How gait recognition is utilized by law enforcement
  • [08:17]The accuracy of Hollywood's portrayal of avoiding gait recognition by 'changing' their stride
  • [10:48]Is it possible to mimic someone els's gait?
  • [12:28]Mark's experience in using gait recognition to help law enforcement identify criminals
  • [14:39]The integration of gait recognition in our daily life
  • [17:53]The future of biometrics and gait recognition