Call for Applications: 16th Int.l Summer School on Biometrics and Forensics 2019

16th IEEE/IAPR Int.l Summer School for Advanced Studies on
Biometrics for Secure Authentication:



Alghero, Italy – May 27-31 2019


APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15th 2019
(download the application form at:

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, 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 sixteen 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? How to detect impersonation attacks and disguise? What can we learn from human perception? What is a biometric recognition system?

This school follows the successful track of the International Summer Schools on Biometrics held since 2003. In this 16th edition, the courses will mainly focus on new and emerging issues:

·       How Biometrics can deal with emerging applications;

·       How to exploit new biometric technologies in forensic and security applications;

·       Evaluation and assessment of biometric and forensic applications.

·       Biometrics, Forensic identification and deep learning: What is next?

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 18 outstanding experts in the field, from both academia and industry.A special keynote lecture will be given from:

prof. Tomaso POGGIO 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mc Govern Institute for Brain Research

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.

The school will be held in conjunction with the International Conference on Biometrics (ICB 2019) –

Participant application

The school will be open to about 50 highly qualified, motivated and pre-selected applicants. Phd students, post-docs, researchers, forensic examiners, police officers and professionals are encouraged to apply. The expected school fees will be in the order of 1,550 € for Phd students and 2,100 € for others (subject to change). The fees will include full board accommodation, all courses and handling material. A limited number of scholarships, covering a portion of the fees, will be awarded to Phd students, selected on the basis of their scientific background and on-going research work. Precedence will be given to members of the EU H2020 IDENTITY consortium, and active members of IAPR and IEEE. The scholarship request form can be downloaded from the school web site

Phd students, researchers and post-docs are encouraged to submit a short paper (6 pages maximum) for an oral presentation on their recent research activity. Poster boards will be also available to all participants to display their current research advances.

Send a filled application form (download from together with a short curriculum vitae to:       

Prof. Massimo Tistarelli – e-mail:

Advance pre-registration is strictly required by February 15th 2019

School location

The school will be hosted by Hotel El Faro ( in the Capo Caccia bay, near Alghero, Sardinia. This is one of the most beautiful resorts in the Mediterranean sea. The property is beautifully immersed into the Capo Caccia bay. The hotel El Faro has a recently renovated conference center, fully equipped for scientific events. The school venue, as well as the surroundings, proved to be a perfect environment for the school activities.

School Committee:

Massimo Tistarelli

Computer Vision Laboratory – University of Sassari, Italy

Josef Bigun 

Department of Computer Science – Halmstad University, Sweden

Enrico Grosso

Computer Vision Laboratory – University of Sassari, Italy

Anil K. Jain

Biometrics laboratory – Michigan State University, USA 

Distinguished lecturers from past school editions

Josef BigunHalmstad University – SwedenAldo MatteiArma dei Carabinieri – Italy
Thirimachos BourlaiWest Virginia University – USADavid MeuwlyNetherlands Forensic Institute – NL
Vincent BouatouSafran Morpho – FranceEmilio Mordini MDResponsible Technologies – Italy
Deepak Chandra Google Inc. – USAMark NixonUniversity of Southampton – UK
Rama ChellappaUniversity of Maryland – USAAlice O’TooleUniversity of Texas – USA
John DaugmanUniversity of Cambridge – UKMaja PanticImperial College – UK
Farzin DeraviUniversity of Kent – UKJohnathon PhillipsNIST – USA
James HaxbyDartmouth University – USAArun RossMichigan State University – USA
Anil K. JainMichigan State University – USATieniu Tan CASIA-NLPR – China
Joseph KittlerUniversity of Surrey – UKMassimo TistarelliUniversità di Sassari – Italy
Davide MaltoniUniversità di Bologna – ItalyAlessandro VerriUniversità di Genova – Italy
John MasonSwansea University – UKJames WaymanUniversity of San Josè – USA
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