BOB is born

After a bit less than 2 years of intense development, we are proud to announce the immediate availability of Bob 1.0 as an open-source project.

Bob has distant roots from Torch3vision, a variant of Torch, which was/is a framework for machine learning, initially developed at the Idiap Research Institute in Switzerland. It diverged from Torch in its infancy to become a completely independent project focused primarily on tools for biometrics, forensics, machine learning and signal processing.

You can go to our homepage at and fetch source code or pre-compiled binaries for various platforms.

We will be pleased to hear about your success stories and problems through our mailing list.

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About Bob

Bob is a free signal-processing and machine learning toolbox originally developed by the Biometrics group at Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland. The toolbox is written in a mix of Python and C++ and is designed to be both efficient and reduce development time.

Check-out our user guide for features, instructions and details.