Craig Watson
Manager, Image Group


Craig Watson is the Manager of the Image Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and has been at NIST for 29 years. During his time with NIST, he has been engaged in numerous initiatives to improve biometric technologies. This includes extensive work to develop fingerprint testing datasets, fingerprint image compression, and slap fingerprint segmentation (SlapSeg). Additionally, he has expertise with biometric technology evaluations, including the Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation (FpVTE), Proprietary Fingerprint Testing (PFT), and Minutiae Interoperability Exchange Test (MINEX). He has been part of teams that have received a Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award (2003) and a Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award (2014) for their work related to biometric technologies.