Gugulethu Mabuza-Hocquet

IDENTITY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

“Dare to be different, but at the same time, stay true to yourself.”

- Gugulethu Mabuza-Hocquet

These are very appropriate words indeed from the woman who has committed her research to identity protection. The way Gugu sees it, your identity is all you really have – and the answer to protecting it, lies in iris biometrics. She is exploring the unique iris properties of the South African population that may just hold the key to a uniquely South African security encryption system.

“Your iris does not only hold information such as your age, gender and race, it also says you are part of a demographic mix that is not found elsewhere in the world. Now imagine a future where those unique features in your eyes will protect the most valuble thing you have – your identity.”

Gugu describes the way she ended up in science as a “beautiful accident”. It’s certainly one to be thankful for.

Bright young scientists behind ideas that work.

18
Dec
2014