EAB announces winners of 2014 European Biometrics Research and Industry Awards

September 15, 2014 - 

European Association for Biometrics announced the three winners of its European Biometrics Research and Industry Awards 2014 awards

Now in its eighth year, the European Biometrics Research and Industry Awards is open to all academic researchers who either have a Ph.D. or are about to obtain one, with major focus on biometrics, from a European academic institution, as well as those industrial researchers employed by European companies whose core business is biometrics.

The jury awarded the European Biometrics Research Award to Laurent El Shafey from the Idiap Research Institute (Switzerland) for his thesis “Scalable Probabilistic Models: Applied to Face Identification in the Wild”.

Marcos Martinez Diaz from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain) received the European Biometrics Industry Award for his study “Graphical Password-based User Authentication with Free-form Doodles”.

Finally, the Honorary Certificate was given to Štěpán Mráček from the Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic) for his thesis “3D face recognition based on the hierarchical score-level fusion classifiers”.

“It is great to see so such high level presentations and excellent motivations by the three finalists,” said Patrizion Campisi, chairman of the awards and professor at the Department of Applied Electronics at the Università degli Studi “Roma TRE” (Rome, Italy). “This benefits the dynamics and quality of biometrics research in Europe.”

The three finalists were given a free one year EAB (http://eab.org) membership. In addition, the winner of the European Biometric Research Award 2014 as well as the winner of the European Biometric Industry Award 2014 received a certificate and a 2.000,00 € prize each.

“This award leverages European research on biometrics to an international level,” said Jean-Christophe Fondeur, VP of research and technology at Morpho, which sponsored the awards. “At Morpho we are happy and honored to support this unique event, because we are convinced that our society will benefit from scientific advances derived from state of the art research. The European Biometrics Research and Industry Awards is unique in its kind and we are motivated to continue contributing to its further success.”

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