Sébastien Marcel


Senior researcher at Idiap

Head of Biometrics Security and Privacy group at Idiap

Director Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing

Project Coordinator MOBIO, TABULA RASA and BEAT

Lecturer at EPFL

Associate Editor IEEE Signal Processing Letters

Idiap research institute
Rue Marconi 19
1920 Martigny - Switzerland

Phone: +41 27 721 77 27

Fax: +41 27 721 77 12

Email: sebastien DOT marcel AT idiap DOT ch

Dr Sébastien Marcel

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Research on image processing and pattern recognition

Team Supervision (PhD and PostDoc)

Teaching (EPFL, CAS Biometrics and Privacy, International Master in Biometrics)

ISO SC37 Biometrics member for Switzerland

FP7 Project Coordinator (BEAT, TABULA RASA, MOBIO)

Consulting on biometrics (face recognition, anti-spoofing)

Short Bio

Sébastien Marcel received the Ph.D. degree in signal processing from Université de Rennes I in France (2000) at CNET, the research center of France Telecom (now Orange Labs). He is currently interested in pattern recognition and machine learning with a focus on biometrics security.

He is a senior researcher at the Idiap Research Institute (CH), where he heads a research team and conducts research on face recognition, speaker recognition, vein recognition and presentation attack detection (anti-spoofing).

In 2010, he was appointed Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Cagliari (IT) where he taught a series of lectures in face recognition.

He is lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where he is teaching on “Fundamentals in Statistical Pattern Recognition”. He serves on the Program Committee of several scientific journals and international conferences in pattern recognition and computer vision.

He is Associate Editor of IEEE Signal Processing Letters. He was  Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and  Security, a Co-editor of the “Handbook of Biometric Anti-Spoofing”, a Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and  Security Special Issue on “Biometric Spoofing and Countermeasures”, and Co-editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine  Special  Issue on “Biometric Security and Privacy”.

Finally he was the principal investigator of international research projects including MOBIO (EU FP7 Mobile Biometry), TABULA RASA (EU FP7 Trusted Biometrics under Spoofing Attacks) and BEAT (EU FP7 Biometrics Evaluation and Testing).