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What information is stored in face templates? And how does it relate to fairness?

Date: 2021-03-09 (12:30-13:30 CET) Location: EAB Virtual Lunch Talk

Organizer: European Association for Biometrics (EAB)

This lunch talk is part of the EAB virtual events series on Demographic Fairness in Biometric Systems.
See March 15, 2020 for a full description of the events series.
Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.
Registered participants will receive dial-in credentials on the morning of the event.


Speakers: Philipp Terhörst
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Deeply-learned face representations enable the success of current face recognition systems. Despite the ability of these representations to encode the identity of an individual, recent works have shown that more information is stored within, such as demographics, image characteristics, and social traits. This talk will show that many more soft-biometric attributes are embedding in face templates and that these attributes often have a strong correlation on the face verification performance.

Curriculum vitæ

Philipp Terhörst completed his studies in physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 2017. Since then, he has been working in the Smart Living & Biometric Technologies department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD) as a researcher. His research interest includes research at machine learning and biometric solutions focusing on quality assessment, privacy-enhancement, and bias-mitigation in face recognition. He is author of several publications in conferences and journals such as CVPR and IEEE Access and is regularly serving as a reviewer (e.g. for TPAMI, TIP, PR, BTAS, ICB). For his scientific work, he received several awards such as the EAB Biometrics Industry Award 2020 from the European Association for Biometrics for his dissertation or the IJCB 2020 Qualcomm PC Chairs Choice Best Student Paper Award. Moreover, he was involved in the Software Campus program, a management program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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.


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[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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German TeleTrusT Biometrics Working Group

Date: 2021-03-22 (10:00-17:00 CET) Location: Virtual event. Access credentials will be distributed the evening before the event.

Organizer: German TeleTrusT Biometrics Working Group in cooperation with the European Association of Biometrics
Attendance is free of charge, Registration is required. Access data will be sent to the participants short before the event.
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Workshop of the Biometrics Working Group of TeleTrusT, the IT Security Association in Germany

Many new kids on the block. Explaining and comparing of the latest fingerprint technologies.

Date: 2021-03-23 (12:30-13:30 CET) Location: EAB Virtual Lunch Talk

Organizer: European Association for Biometrics (EAB)
Attendance is free of charge but registration is required. Registered participants will receive dial-in credentials in the morning of the event.
Speakers: Dirk Morgeneier
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Until about 2015, there was only one dominant fingerprint technology for law enforcement applications: Optical sensors based on total reflection. In recent years, many new technologies have entered the market and have enabled new applications for fingerprint acquisition. This presentation explains the technical basics of these technologies, compares them with each other, and gives an outlook on future trends and their challenges.

Curriculum vitæ

Dirk Morgeneier graduated with Master degrees in theoretical electrotechnics as well as image processing.

He is the co-founder of JENETRIC GmbH, the experts in digital fingerprint capturing. In his position as CEO, he has been responsible for developing new technologies and products since 2014, and is known as a successful technology influencer in the industry.

For more than 20 years Dirk has been working in the biometrics industry. His ideas and developments have shaped the market over the past two decades, with a proven track record for first-in-class products. He is the man behind the well-known tenprint scanner "Guardian" and pioneer of the 1000 ppi fingerprint and palm devices. The latest innovation: by using optical transparent TFT sensors to capture fingerprints, Dirk and his team have overcome the barriers of previous technologies.

Workshop on Biometrics challenges in the European banking ecosystem

Date: 2021-04-21 - 2021-04-23 Location: Virtual Workshop; access data will be sent to the participants short before the event.

Organizer: European Association for Biometrics (EAB) in cooperation with Cabinet Louis Raynaud (CLR Labs)

Organizing Committee: Jean Salomon, Stéfane Mouille (CLR Labs)


The event will focus on policy, standards, technologies and business and will be centred around three pillars:

  • Digital Identity and biometrics in the banking world: the Policy landscape.
  • The Biometrics technology challenges of the digital Identity verification.
  • Focus on key topics and challenges.

The speaker roster will include officials from Governmental Agencies, Banking industry practitioners and well as Digital Identity and Biometrics experts. The program will include engaging with an expert panel on current challenges of digital identity verification.

More information about the event, the speaker roster and the panel composition will be provided shortly.

Workshop on Fingerprint Presentation Attack Detection

Date: 2021-04-29 - 2021-04-30 Location: Virtual Workshop; access data will be sent to the participants short before the event.

Organizer: European Association for Biometrics (EAB) in cooperation with Hochschule Ansbach

Organizing Committee: Dinusha Frings (EAB), Marta Gomez-Barrero (Hochschule Ansbach)

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.


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The use of biometrics, and in particular of fingerprints, is increasing day by day. Not only are we required to give our fingerprints in order to obtain a passport, but now we can also use them in a daily basis for other tasks such as unlocking our smartphones or confirming a bank transaction or payment. In spite of the numerous benefits of utilising fingerprints instead of PINs or passwords, some drawbacks come with this technology: you do not need to be a tech expert to carry out a presentation attack that may fool the system into believing you are someone else. We thus need to raise awareness about this issue and the current efforts of the biometric community, including academia, operators, and vendors, in order to minimise the impact of such attacks. We will thus present a definition of the problem and provide the audience with possible solutions and a look into the future steps.

This workshop will feature presentations by experts from academic, industry, and governmental organisations and will facilitate interactions and discussions between the experts and the audience.

Our confirmed speakers:

  • Jascha Kolberg – Hochschule Darmstadt (HDA)
  • Marta Gomez-Barrero – Hochschule Ansbach (HSA)
  • Stephanie Schuckers – Clarkson University
  • More to be announced

GOLD sponsor of this event:

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IWBF 2021 – 9th International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics

Date: 2021-05-06 - 2021-05-07 Location: Universita Degli Studi Roma Tre, Department of Engineering, Via V. Volterra 62, 00146 Rome, Italy

Organizer: Universita Degli Studi Roma Tre in cooperation with the European Association for Biometrics EAB
Program: https://www.iwbf2021.com/
Registration: https://www.iwbf2021.com/registration/

IWBF is an international forum devoted to facilitating synergies in research and development among the areas of multimedia forensics, forensic biometrics, and forensic science. State-of-the-art research in areas such as biometrics, forensic science, surveillance, and multimedia forensics will be presented. The 9th edition of IWBF will be a meeting place for those concerned with the use of advanced biometric technologies in forensic applications, attracting participants from industry, research, academia, and end-users.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Biometrics
  • Attacks to biometric recognition systems
  • Multimodal biometrics
  • Soft biometrics
  • Mobile biometrics
  • Biometric analysis of crime scenes
  • Forensic Science
  • Multimedia forensics
  • Integrity verification
  • Anonymization & Data Privacy
  • Data de-identification
  • Surveillance
  • Ethical and societal implications
  • Information Theoretic Security
  • Adversarial Signal Processing
  • Case studies on the aforementioned topics

Norsk Biometri Forum Meeting

Date: 2021-05-27 (09:30-15:30 CET) Location: NTNU, Øvre Vollgate 7, Oslo, Norway

Organizer: Norwegian Biometric Forum in cooperation with the European Association for Biometrics
Attendance is free of charge, Registration is required
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The Norwegian Biometrics Forum (NBF) is an open platform dedicated to regular exchange of information and experience related to the field of Biometrics. The target of the group is the interdisciplinary discussion between research, technology developers, data privacy experts, governmental agencies and operators of Biometric Systems. In the regular meetings new applications, latest research results and products are presented.

18th International Summer School for Advanced Studies on Biometrics for Secure Authentication: Biometrics for AI/AI for Biometrics

Date: 2021-05-31 - 2021-06-04 Location: Hybrid event (virtual and physical) at Hotel Dei Pini in the Capo Caccia bay, near Alghero, Sardinia

Organizer: Computer Vision Laboratory DAP, University of Sassari, Italy in cooperation with the European Association for Biometrics
Advance pre-registration is strictly required by 2021-02-15!
To register please send a filled application form together with a short curriculum vitae by email to Dr Massimo Tistarelli

Speakers: Massimo Tistarelli, Josef Bigun, Enrico Grosso, Anil K. Jain ...
Program: http://biometrics.uniss.it
Registration: biometricsummerschool@gmail.com

From the early days, when security was the driving force behind biometric research, today’s challenges go far beyond security. Machine learning, Image understanding, Signal analysis, Neuroscience, Robotics, Forensic science, Digital forensics and other disciplines, converged in a truly multidisciplinary effort to devise and build advanced systems to facilitate the interpretation of signals recorded from individuals acting in a given environment. This is what we simply call today “Biometrics”.

For the last eighteen years, the International Summer School on Biometrics has been closely following the developments in science and technology to offer a cutting edge, intensive training course, always up to date with the current state-of-the-art.

What are the most up-to-date core biometric technologies developed in the field? What is the potential impact of biometrics in forensic investigation and crime prevention? What can we learn from human perception? How to deploy current Deep Learning approaches? How to deal with adversarial attacks in biometric recognition?

This school follows the successful track of the International Summer Schools on Biometrics held since 2003. In this 18th edition, the courses will mainly focus on new and emerging issues:

  • The impact of AI in Biometrics and Biometrics in AI;
  • How to make “Deep Biometrics” systems explainable;
  • Biometrics for social interactions and emerging applications;
  • How to exploit new biometric technologies in forensic and security applications.

The courses will provide a clear and in-depth picture on the state-of-the-art in biometric verification/identification technology, both under the theoretical and scientific point of view as well as in diverse application domains. The lectures will be given by, at least, 18 outstanding experts in the field, from both academia and industry.

An advanced feature of this summer school will be some practical sessions to better understand, “hands on”, the real potential of today’s biometric technologies.

German TeleTrusT Biometrics Working Group

Date: 2021-09-13 (09:30-14:30 CET) Location: Fraunhofer IGD, Fraunhoferstraße 5, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany and Virtual Conference

Organizer: German TeleTrusT Biometrics Working Group in cooperation with the European Association of Biometrics
Attendance is free of charge, Registration is required.
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Workshop of the Biometrics Working Group of TeleTrusT, the IT Security Association in Germany

EAB Research Projects Conference (EAB-RPC) 2021

Date: 2021-09-13 (14:45 CET) - 2021-09-15 (16:00 CET) Location: Fraunhofer IGD, Fraunhoferstraße 5, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany and Virtual Conference

Organizer: The European Association for Biometrics (EAB) in cooperation with the Joint Research Center (DG-JRC) of the European Commission, and Fraunhofer IGD.
Organizing Committee: Javier Galbally (Scientific Chair, EC DG-JRC), Farzin Deravi (Round-Table Chair, EAB – Univ. of Kent), Dinusha Frings (COO of EAB), Fernando Alonso-Fernandez (Demo and Posters Chair, EAB – Halmstad Univ.), Alexander Nouak (Publicity and Local Committee Chair, Chairman of EAB – Fraunhofer ICT Group), Christoph Busch (Local Committee Co-Chair, Hochschule Darmstadt)

Fees are non-refundable as from 7 days before the start of the event.

Note: If you are not yet an EAB-member, please consider to register for membership first (starting from 95,00 € per year). You then can register for the EAB-RPC as an EAB-member for only 300,00 € instead of 450,00 €, which means an overall saving of 55,00 €!


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The 8th edition of the EAB Research Projects Conference will take place as virtual conference from 13 to 15 September 2021. The conference is organized by the European Association on Biometrics (EAB) in cooperation with the Joint Research Center (DG JRC) of the European Commission, through its Cyber and Digital Citizens’ security Unit. The EAB-RPC 2021 will be co-located with the EAB Biometrics Research, Industry and Max-Snijder-Awards and the IEEE BIOSIG Conference, later that same week.

The conference is currently the largest event on research funded by the European Union in the area of Biometrics and Identity Management. Over the previous successful editions, EAB-RPC has become the main forum in Europe where attendees can simultaneously: promote research carried out in biometrics, forge new links and networks, and identify the appropriate partners for possible future project applications. Last year’s edition welcomed over 100 participants from academia, industry and public institutions.

We thank our partners:

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11th EAB General Assembly

Date: 2021-09-13 (18:30-20:30 CET) Location: Fraunhofer IGD, Fraunhoferstraße 5, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany and Virtual Conference

Organizer: European Association for Biometrics (EAB)
This event is for EAB members only. Registration is required!
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All members of EAB are invited to join us for our annual General Assembly.

European Biometrics Max Snijder, Research, and Industry Awards 2021

Date: 2021-09-15 (16:30-21:30 CET) Location: Fraunhofer IGD, Fraunhoferstraße 5, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany and Virtual Conference

Organizer: European Association for Biometrics (EAB)
Attendance is free of charge, Registration is required.
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EAB is launching the fifteen European Biometric Max Snijder, Research, and Industry Awards. These prestigious awards are granted annually to individuals who have been judged by a panel of internationally respected experts to be making a significant contribution to the field of biometrics research in Europe.

GOLD sponsor of this event:

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EAB Biometrics Training Event – September 2021

Date: 2021-09-16 (09:00 CET) - 2021-09-17 (15:30 CET) Location: Fraunhofer IGD, Fraunhoferstraße 5, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany and Virtual Conference

Organizer: European Association for Biometrics (EAB)
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This seminar aims to provide an opportunity to learn first-hand from world-leading experts both the basics of biometric systems and also the latest developments across the community. It is aimed at a wide range of stakeholders including industrial and governmental developers and end-users, researchers, academics and post-graduate students, and policy makers.

Gold sponsor of this event:

Logo of MyMarq

BIOSIG 2021 – 20th International Conference of the Biometrics Special Interest Group

Date: 2021-09-16 - 2021-09-17 Location: Fraunhofer IGD, Fraunhoferstraße 5, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany and Virtual Conference

Organizer: GI Special Interest Group BIOSIG in cooperation with BSI, Fraunhofer IGD, JRC, CAST e.V. and IEEE
Program: https://cast-forum.de/en/workshops/infos/289

The BIOSIG 2020 conference addresses current issues in the area of biometrics and will present innovations and best practices that can be transferred into future applications.

EAB/NBLAW 2022 – Norwegian Biometrics Laboratory Annual Workshop 2022

Date: 2022-03-09 (09:15-15:40 CET) Location: Room Eureka 1/3, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Gjøvik, Norway

Organizer: Norwegian Biometrics Laboratory (NBL) in cooperation with the European Association for Biometrics (EAB)
Attendance if free of charge, Registration is required!
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Back in spring 2011 our Norwegian Biometrics Laboratory (NBL) was established and for the opening we organized a workshop. Since then we have celebrated the NBL Annual Workshops (NBLAW). All the workshops are listed on the NBL homepage.

All times refer to CET.