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EAB virtual events series – Demographic Fairness in Biometric Systems

Date: 2021-03-30 (13:30-17:10) 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)



[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.

GOLD sponsor 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
12:00

Networking Lounge open

13:00 Dinusha Frings
Pawel Drozdowski

Official opening Virtual Conference Day 1

European Association for Biometrics EAB
Hochschule Darmstadt
Session Chair: Pawel Drozdowski
13:15 Margherita Natali

Border Security and Management: The Responsible Use and Sharing of Biomterics to Counter Terrorism

EAB members may download additional files for this topic.
UN Office on Counter Terrorism (UNOCT)
13:40 Patrick Grother

Demographic differentials in face recognition algorithms

EAB members may download additional files for this topic.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
14:20

Coffee break

Session Chair: Christian Rathgeb
14:35 Aythami Morales

Exploring new privacy preserving feature representations: method and applications

EAB members may download additional files for this topic.
Universidad Autónoma Madrid
15:15 Vincent Despiegel

Fairness for Face Recognition

EAB members may download additional files for this topic.
IDEMIA
15:55

Coffee break

Session Chair: Naser Damer
16:10 -

Panel discussion

  • Irina Orssich (EC–DG CNECT, DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology)
  • Margherita Natali (UN Office on Counter Terrorism (UNOCT))
  • Patrick Grother (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
  • Pierre Gacon (IDEMIA)
17:10 Dinusha Frings
Naser Damer

Summary & Key Take-Aways of the Day

European Association for Biometrics EAB
Fraunhofer IGD
17:20 Official end of Conference Day 1
17:20 Philipp Terhörst

Demo: Exploring Demographic Biases

Fraunhofer IGD
18:00

Networking Lounge closed

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Virtual Conference Day 2
12:00

Networking Lounge open

13:30 Dinusha Frings
Pawel Drozdowski

Official opening Virtual Conference Day 2

European Association for Biometrics EAB
Hochschule Darmstadt
Session Chair: Pawel Drozdowski
13:45 Yevgeniy Sirotin

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

EAB members may download additional files for this topic.
Maryland Test Facility
14:25 Jacob Hasselgren
John Howard

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

EAB members may download additional files for this topic.
Maryland Test Facility
15:05

Coffee break

Session Chair: Naser Damer
15:20 Tiago de Freitas Pereira

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

EAB members may download additional files for this topic.
Idiap Research Institute
16:00 -

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)
17:00 Dinusha Frings
Naser Damer

Summary & Key Take-Aways of the Event

European Association for Biometrics EAB
Fraunhofer IGD
17:10 Aythami Morales

Demo: FairCVtest

Universidad Autónoma Madrid
17:10 Official end of Conference Day 2
17:10 Philipp Terhörst

Demo: Exploring Demographic Biases

Fraunhofer IGD
18:00

Networking Lounge closed

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