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Biometric Person Recognition (Biometrics)

Biometrics refers, in computer science, to the automatic recognition of individuals based on their behavioral and biological characteristics. The Biometrics group at Idiap investigates and develops novel image-processing and pattern-recognition algorithms for face recognition (2D, 3D, and near-infrared), speaker recognition, anti-spoofing (presentation attack detection), and emerging biometric modes (EEG and vascular). The group is geared toward reproducible research and technology transfer, using its own signal-processing and machine-learning toolbox.

Next Event

BTAS 2016 Speaker Anti-spoofing Competition

Propose countermeasure to protect an automatic speaker verification against spoofing attacks.
The Swiss Centre for Biometrics Research and Testing and the Biometric group at Idiap Research Institute organize the Speaker Anti-spoofing competition. The competition will be part of the IEEE 8th International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications, and Systems (BTAS 2016), which will be held on September 6-9, 2016 in Niagara Falls, Buffalo, New York (USA). For more details about the competition and on how to register, please click on the following link : BTAS 2016 Speaker Anti-spoofing Competition

Current Group Members

Sébastien Marcel
André Rabello Dos Anjos
Sushil Bhattacharjee
Tiago de Freitas Pereira
Teodors Eglitis
Christopher Finelli
Guillaume Heusch
Amir Mohammadi
Hannah Muckenhirn
Olegs Nikisins
Alain Komaty
Pavel Korshunov
Vedrana Krivokuća


Cosmin Atanasoei
Abhijit Bendale
Venkatesh Bala Subburaman
Ivana Chingovska
Laurent El Shafey
Nesli Erdogmus
Fabien Cardinaux
Tiago de Freitas Pereira
Javier Galbally
Manuel Günther
Guillaume Heusch
Miranti Indar Mandasari
Niklas Johansson
Agnes Just
Jean Keomany
Elie El Khoury
Jukka Maatta Komulainen
Christopher McCool
Mitchell McLaren
Rakesh Mehta
Anindya Roy
Norman Poh
Yann Rodriguez
Jordi Sanchez-Riera
Conrad Sanderson
Tiffany Sauquet
Pedro Tome
Matthias Vanoni
Roy Wallace

Current projects

TESLA - An Adaptive Trust-based e-assesment System for Learning
Although online education is a paramount pillar of formal, non-formal and informal learning, institutions may still be reluctant to wager for a fully online educational model. As such, there is still a reliance on face-to-face assessment, since online alternatives do not have the deserved expected social recognition and reliability. Thus, the creation of an e-assessment system that will be able to provide effective proof of student identity, authorship within the integration of selected technologies in current learning activities in a scalable and cost efficient manner would be very advantageous.
SWAN - Secure Access Control over Wide Area Network
Crimes involving illegal access to accounts is simpler than ever based on the widespread password-based approach, which is proven to be vulnerable and no longer user-friendly.
ODESSA - Online Diarization Enhanced by recent Speaker identification and Sequential learning Approaches
FARGO - Convenient and Secure 3D Face Recognition based on RGB-D Cameras
Since the release of the Microsoft Kinect in 2010, there has been a rapid expansion of low-cost depth sensors, also known as RGB-D cameras.
BIOWAVE - BIOWAVE pre-product, a BIOmetric Watch Activated by VEins
The project is the realisation of the BIOWAVE pre-product: a biometric watch activated by veins recognition.
HFACE - Heterogeneous Face Recognition
Face recognition has existed as a field of research for more than 30 years and has been particularly active since the early 1990s. Researchers of many different fields (from psychology, pattern recognition, neuroscience, computer graphics and computer vision) have attempted to create and understand face recognition systems.


Sécurité biométrique: Martigny séduit les Etats-Unis Mar 08, 2017
L’institut de recherche Idiap de Martigny et son Centre suisse de recherche et d’évaluation en sécurité biométrique ont intégré deux programmes phares du gouvernement américain. Odin et MediFor ont pour mission de lutter contre le "spoofing" et de démasquer la propagande. Les explications de Sébastien Marcel, directeur du centre, interrogé par Anne Baecher.
L’Idiap financé par les Américains pour ses travaux sur la biométrie Mar 08, 2017
Nouvelle étape pour l’Idiap de Martigny: l’institut vient d’intégrer deux projets phare du gouvernement américain dédié à la sécurité biométrique, il fait partie d’un groupe de quatre équipes qui travailleront sur ODIN….un système contre ce qu’on appelle le spoofing.
Idiap will co-edit the 2nd Edition of the Handbook of Biometric Anti-Spoofing Jan 24, 2017
The first Edition of the Handbook of Biometric Anti-Spoofing (Trusted Biometrics under Spoofing Attacks) published in 2014 ( DOI 10.1007/978-1-4471-6524-8 ) was a tremendous success with more than ten thousand chapter downloads.
Idiap Research Institute releases Bob Jan 23, 2017
Idiap Research Institute releases Bob a Python-based signal-processing and machine learning toolbox.
Biowatch SA raises CHF 1.2M seed round to finalise its disruptive wearable biometric authentication solution Jan 19, 2017
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 17, 2017 - Biowatch SA, a Swiss start-up, has successfully closed last December an oversubscribed first financing round at CHF 1.2 million to accelerate the development of its solution on biometric authentication for wearables. This seed round is following a CHF 800k grant from the CTI in last February and a CHF 100k loan from the FIT last June. It was led by serial entrepreneur and business angel Patrick Delarive with participation from the Venture Capital fund Polytech Ecosystem Ventures and SICPA Finance. Further investments from various business angels completed the investment.
Idiap expertise in Biometrics security is reaching the Emirates Dec 19, 2016
Sébastien Marcel head of the biometrics group at Idiap speaking at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)
Idiap has a new opening for 2 PostDoc positions in secured face recognition Dec 13, 2016
The Idiap Research Institute seeks qualified candidates for Two PostDoc position in the field of face presentation attack detection (aka anti-spoofing). The research will be conducted in the framework of an International project.
Idiap is alongside American giants with a tool that allows the "photoshopping" of voices Nov 16, 2016
To speak Chinese without having to learn it or to being able to speak for yourself: these dreams may become reality thanks to the progress of speech synthesis. American informatics giants are working on it, with Adobe and its project VoCo. But they are not the only ones: the Idiap Research Institute of Martigny also specializes in this domain.
Biometrics: for better or for worse? Oct 10, 2016
It is supposedly one of the most promising solutions for protecting us from terrorist attacks. Biometrics allows identifying a person by their biological characteristics like finger prints, the iris or the face. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, technological solutions have known a fast progress: facial recognition software, “cerebral fingerprinting”, automatic control systems for moving crowds…But can we really trust biometrics with our security? And above all, what happens if these data fall into the wrong hands?
Can science solve an 80-year-old Indian mystery? Oct 10, 2016
Sébastien Marcel is an unlikely judge of beauty queens, but his face recognition expertise could finally solve the identity of an Indian woman on a precious Swiss watch.
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