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EAB virtual events series – Demographic Fairness in Biometric Systems

Date: 2021-03-15 - 2021-03-30 Location: Virtual Conference; access data will be sent to the participants short before the event.

Organizer: European Association for Biometrics (EAB) in cooperation with Hochschule Darmstadt and Fraunhofer IGD

Organizing Committee: Dinusha Frings, Pawel Drozdowski (Hochschule Darmstadt), Christian Rathgeb (Hochschule Darmstadt), Naser Damer (Fraunhofer IGD)

By registering for the March 15, 2021 event you will gain access to both conference days.
Registration for the Lunch Talk on March 9, 2021 is separate.

Virtual events series schedule:

  • 2021-03-09 Lunch Talk (FREE, but registration required)
  • 2021-03-15 Virtual Conference - day 1
  • 2021-03-30 Virtual Conference - day 2
    • Fees are non-refundable as from 7 days before the start of the event.
      Please use the PayPal option at checkout.
      Students have free access if they have a Students membership with the EAB.
      Please include your university email for verification purposes.


[Illustration] Crowd as pie chart Algorithmic decision systems have frequently been labelled as “biased”, “racist”, “sexist”, “unfair” by numerous media outlets, organisations, and researchers. Are such assessments justified? Should citizens and policymakers be concerned? What is the current state of the research? How can variation across demographic groups be quantified in evaluations of such systems? These and other related matters have recently become a hot topic in the context of biometric technologies, which are ubiquitous in personal, commercial, and governmental applications. Biometrics represent an integral component of many surveillance, access control and operational identity management systems, thus directly or indirectly affecting billions of people all around the world.

The EAB organizes a series of virtual events with “Demographic fairness in biometric systems” as an overarching theme. The events will feature presentations by experts from academic, industry, and governmental organisations and will facilitate interactions and discussions between the experts and the audience.

The goal of the events is to raise awareness, define the problem and propose solutions and possible next steps.

A white paper will be published based on the outcomes of the virtual events.

Our confirmed speakers:

  • Aythami Morales – Universidad Autónoma Madrid (UAM)
  • Jacob A. Hasselgren - Maryland Test Facility (MdTF)
  • John Howard – Maryland Test Facility (MdTF)
  • Margherita Natali - United Nations Office on Counter Terrorism (UNOCT)
  • Patrick Grother – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Tiago Pereira – IDIAP
  • Vincent Despiegel - IDEMIA
  • Yevgeniy Sirotin – Maryland Test Facility (MdTF)

Our confirmed panellists:

  • Arun Vemury - U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Irina Orssich – European Commission (EC)
  • Patrick Grother – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Pierre Gacon – IDEMIA
  • Ramon Blanco – eu-LISA
  • Silke Bargstädt-Franke – Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
  • Yevgeniy Sirotin – Maryland Test Facility (MdTF)

Sponsors of this event:

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Entrance fees: normal: 200,00 € (excl. VAT) / EAB members: 100,00 € (excl. VAT)

Monday, 15 March 2021

Virtual Conference Day 1

Opening Virtual Conference Day 1

Session Chair: Pawel Drozdowski
13:15 Margherita Natali


UN Office on Counter Terrorism (UNOCT)
13:40 Patrick Grother

Demographic differentials in face recognition algorithms

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Coffee break

Session Chair: Christian Rathgeb
14:35 Aythami Morales

Exploring new privacy preserving feature representations: method and applications

Universidad Autónoma Madrid
15:15 Vincent Despiegel

Fairness for Face Recognition

Panel discussion
15:55 Naser Damer

Panel discussion

  • Irina Orssich (EC–DG CNECT, DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology)
  • Patrick Grother (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
  • Pierre Gacon (IDEMIA)
Fraunhofer IGD



End of Conference Day 1

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Virtual Conference Day 2

Opening Virtual Conference Day 2

Session Chair: Pawel Drozdowski
13:45 Tiago de Freitas Pereira

Demographic Disparities on Biometrics: an overview on how to assess it at different levels in biometric recognition pipelines

Idiap Research Institute
14:25 Yevgeniy Sirotin

Demographic variation in the performance of biometric systems: insights gained from large-scale scenario testing

Maryland Test Facility

Coffee break

Session Chair: Naser Damer
15:20 Jacob Hasselgren
John Howard

Developments in ISO 19795-10: Measuring Performance Across Demographic Groups

Maryland Test Facility
Panel discussion
16:00 Naser Damer

Panel discussion

  • Arun Vemury (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
  • Ramon Blanco (eu-LISA)
  • Silke Bargstädt-Franke (Federal Office for Information Security)
  • Yevgeniy Sirotin (Maryland Test Facilities)
Fraunhofer IGD



End of Conference Day 2