Idiap study explores impact of score fusion on voice biometrics, presentation attack detection

Researchers at Idiap Research Institute Biometrics Group in Switzerland have conducted an extensive study of eight presentation attack detection (PAD methods) in which they assessed their ability to detect known and unknown attacks using publically available speaker databases with spoofing attacks, AVspoof and ASVspoof. Authored by research associate Pavel Korshunov and senior researcher Sébastien Marcel, the study is published in the latest issue of IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. Automatic speaker verification (ASV) systems are highly vulnerable

EPFL, Global ID developing 3D finger vein recognition system

EPFL’s Security and Cryptography Laboratory has partnered with startup Global ID to develop an encryption technique for processing biometric data captured via 3D finger vein recognition, a system the researchers say is nearly impossible to forge, according to a report by TechXplore. Using 3D vein imaging technology developed by the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny, the University of Applied Sciences in Sion (HES-SO Valais-Wallis) and Global ID, the new identification system can process data more safely than current standards. “Two-dimensional

Swiss research institute involved in U.S. gov’t biometric projects

Idiap Research Institute is working on two major biometric security projects for the U.S. government. Through its Swiss Center for Biometric Research and Testing, the Idiap Research Institute is engaged in the U.S. government’s Odin and MediFor projects. The goal of the Odin program is to develop biometric presentation attack detection technologies to ensure biometric security systems can detect when someone is attempting to disguise their biometric identity. Odin is a program administered by the Office of the Director of

Biometrics and Privacy online training program launching in Europe

Swiss Distance Learning University in association with the Swiss Centre for Biometric Research and Testing from the IDIAP Institute, is launching a new online training program focused on biometrics and privacy this April. The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Biometrics and Privacy is the only online educational program of its kind available for company, government service and organization executives in all sectors. The program will comprise of six courses spanning the topics of biometric technologies, data protection and standards, privacy

The Idiap Research Institute details biometric research projects

Over the past few years, the Idiap Research Institute has actively participated in several national and international research projects in the area of biometric cybersecurity and received several tens of millions of Swiss francs in funding. The organization has built a strong reputation, largely based on its biometrics research group and its Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing, led by Dr Sébastien Marcel. Recently, Google decided to name Idiap as the only European partner within the framework of an

European Association for Biometrics and IDIAP hosting workshop on new research consortium

Next month, the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) and IDIAP will host a workshop in Amsterdam on the European Cooperative Identity Technologies Research Consortium, the EAB-CITeR. The EAB-CITeR is an EAB committee under the governance of the EAB statutes. It is based on the model of the US CITeR, which has completed over 100 research projects during the past 10 years of its existence. The EAB has delegated the management of the EAB-CITeR to the IDIAP Research Institute based in

European Association for Biometrics – CITeR Workshop

EAB – CITeR Workshop April 5 2016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Organizer: IDIAP in cooperation with the European Association for Biometrics Attendance is free of charge. Registration is required. Lunch not included. IDIAP and EAB will host an informative workshop for those who are interested in new research and development opportunities in the area of biometrics and other identification technologies in Europe. The European Collaborative Identification Technologies Research Consortium, the EAB-CITeR, offers a new approach on boosting R&D in Europe. It

The BEAT platform goes Open Source

The Idiap Research Institute has developed what they call the “ultimate Biometric Testing platform” in the context of its BEAT project. After four years of development, the BEAT platform is now available for download as an open-source project, under the Affero GNU GPL version 3. In a post on LinkedIn, Sebastien Marcel, senior research scientist at Idiap wrote: “It is an European computing e-infrastructure for Open Science proposing a solution for open access, scientific information sharing and re-use including data

European Biometrics Symposium

European Biometrics Symposium January 19, 2016 Idiap Research Institute, Rue Marconi 19, 1920 Martigny, Switzerland Research and standards on biometric presentation attacks On 19 January 2016 the European Biometrics Symposium will take place in Martigny, adjacent to the SC37 meeting. With the rapid emergence of unsupervised biometric applications (such on mobile devices) the matter of presentation attack resistance has become increasingly important. This year’s symposium will focus on the detection of presentation attacks. Leading academic and industrial experts will present

Using biometrics to fight identity theft

A new research project called Secure Access Control Over Wide Area Network (SWAN), funded by The Research Council of Norway, will provide authentication and secure access to banking and other services over broadband and mobile networks by using biometric identifiers. The SWAN-project will research and develop technologies and countermeasures to reduce and weaken spoofing attacks, which lead to a more stable access control platform based on biometrics. The kick-off meeting of the SWAN-project was held on November 2 and included