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2023 Gold Medal Award


Mr. Yaga is cited for creating BioCTS, a suite of conformance test software that is deployed by the Department of Homeland Security (and many others -- 3,000+ downloads) to ensure biometric data is usable. Biometric data (e.g., face images, fingerprints or DNA) are used to identify suspects, confirm identities, perform forensic analysis, etc. Using BioCTS ensures that biometric data from biometric capture tools encode data correctly so law enforcement can analyze all available biometric data -- otherwise a guilty party could go free.  BioCTS identified over 1,000 errors in identity standards that were then corrected.


Dylan Yaga

Computer Scientist
Information Technology Laboratory, Computer Security Division