Dr Waggett runs the Emerging Technology Programe at IBM’s Hursley Labs.  He started his career at the Mullard Space Science Labs where he completed his PhD while working as a member of NASA’s Solar Maximum Mission project.  His early interest in image processing and astronomy equipped him with skills that he has recently used in developing the UK’s biometric matching system to check visa applicants and visitors.  He is passionate about ensuring that biometrics are used to enhance people’s lives while respecting their need for privacy.