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Public scholar: Azfar Adib

How can we ensure both privacy and accuracy during age-verification, especially to safeguard children?

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Azfar Adib is a doctoral candidate in Concordia’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds a Master of Business Administration in marketing and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. Azfar has more than eight years of professional experience in the telecommunications sector. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Azfar regularly promotes constructive aspects of technology through writing, public speaking and community engagement. 
Azfar’s research focuses on developing age-verification systems using electrocardiogram (ECG). Age-verification is the process of validating age-segment (adult and minor) of users before delivering certain age-appropriate products to them. Recently, online age-verification has become a crucial need worldwide to protect children from exposure to inappropriate content. However, traditional methods of age-verification, using ID cards and other official documents, are incapable of protecting users’ privacy. Azfar’s research seeks to develop an anonymous method of age verification which can safeguard privacy. He has received several research grants and awards, including MITACS Accelerate.


Electrical and Computer Engineering


English, Bangla


Wei-Ping Zhu, M. Omair Ahmad

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