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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
Tiago de Freitas Pereira
Elie El Khoury
Ivana Chingovska
Laurent El Shafey
Manuel Günther
Teodors Eglitis
Christopher Finelli
Pavel Korshunov


Cosmin Atanasoei
Abhijit Bendale
Venkatesh Bala Subburaman
Nesli Erdogmus
Fabien Cardinaux
Tiago de Freitas Pereira
Javier Galbally
Guillaume Heusch
Miranti Indar Mandasari
Niklas Johansson
Agnes Just
Jean Keomany
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.


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.
Ivana Chingovska received the PhD degree from EPFL Jun 13, 2016
Ivana Chingovska received the PhD degree from EPFL on May 2nd 2016 after the public defense of her doctoral dissertation entitled: "Trustworthy Biometric Verification under Spoofing Attacks: Application to the Face Mode".
Biometrics and Cybersecurity: The Idiap Research Institute as a Key Player May 19, 2016
For many years, the Idiap Research Institute has actively participated in numerous national and international research projects in the field of biometric cybersecurity and received total funding amounts of several tens of millions of Swiss francs.
The first Reproducible Research Survey in Face Recognition Mar 11, 2016
Idiap published a book chapter entitled “Face Recognition in Challenging Environments: An Experimental and Reproducible Research Survey” appearing in the Springer book “Face Recognition Across the Imaging Spectrum”.
The BEAT platform goes Open Source Mar 04, 2016
After 4 years of development, the BEAT platform is now available for download as an open-source project, under the Affero GNU GPL version 3.
Biometrics will make payments more secure Mar 02, 2016
Voice identification, facial recognition, fingerprint reading or heartbeat analysis: biometric identification methods will be used more and more this year on mobile phones and online payment platforms at the expense of the usual password.
New patent on vein anti-spoofing (PAD) Feb 22, 2016
Idiap published on Feb 18 2016 a PCT patent on biometric vein anti-spoofing (also called presentation attack detection) under the reference WO/2016/023582.
The Idiap Research Institute is part of an EU project (TeSLA) to authenticate student identity online throughout the e-assessment process Feb 08, 2016
The project TeSLA, led by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), with a length of three years and a budget of seven million euros, involves universities, quality assurance agencies, research centres and technology companies from twelve countries. In total, there will be a team of around eighty professionals and eighteen months of largescale pilot tests with the participation of over 14,000 students from Europe.
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