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Call for applications: 12th Int.l Summer School on Biometrics June 22-26 2015

12th IAPR Int.l Summer School for Advanced Studies on Biometrics for Secure Authentication:

Sponsored by the IEEE Biometrics Council

Alghero,  Italy – June, 22-26 2015

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15th 2015 (download the application form at:

In the last decade, research on the automated recognition of people has evolved to cover a large number of applications. 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, 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 twelve 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 in-line 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 can biometrics cope with mobile applications? What are the most relevant issues in biometric standardization? What can we learn from human perception? What does it involve to integrate a biometric recognition system?

This school follows the successful track of the International Summer Schools on Biometrics held since 2003. In this 12th edition, the courses will mainly focus on new and emerging issues:

  – How Biometrics will cope with the demand for mobile applications;
  – How to exploit new biometric technologies in forensic and security applications;
  – Standardization, evaluation and assessment of biometric applications;
  – Biometrics technologies and advanced research: 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. 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.

Participant application

The school will be open to about 50 highly qualified, motivated and pre-selected applicants. Phd students, post-docs, researchers, police officers and professionals are encouraged to apply. The lectures will be given by 18 outstanding experts in the field, from both academia and industry.
The expected school fees will be in the order of 1,500 ? for Phd students and 2,000 ? 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 COST Action IC1106, 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) on their recent research activity. Selected, unpublished papers may be published, either in an edited book, or in a journal special issue.
Poster boards will be also available to all participants to display their current research topics.

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 all applicants by February 15th  2015.

School location

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


School director:

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

Preliminary list of lecturers:

Josef Bigun
Halmstad University – Sweden

Thirimachos Bourlai
West Virginia University – USA

Deepak Chandra
Google inc. – USA

Farzin Deravi
University of Kent – UK

Andrzej Drygajlo
EPFL – Switzerland

Ida Gobbini
Dartmouth College – USA

Anil K. Jain
Michigan State University – USA

Davide Maltoni
Università di Bologna – Italy

John Mason
Swansea University – UK

Aldo Mattei
Arma dei Carabinieri – Italy

David Meuwly
Netherlands Forensic Institute – NL

Emilio Mordini MD
Center for Science, Society and Citizenship – Italy

Mark Nixon
University of Southampton – UK

Alice O’Toole
University of Texas – USA

Jonhaton Phillips

Bo Pi
Goodix – China

Arun Ross
Michigan State University – USA

Tieniu Tan

Massimo Tistarelli
Università di Sassari – Italy

Alessandro Verri
Università di Genova – Italy


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