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Women in Identity, Biometrics Institute, and NIST each to host online events on facial recognition

Women in Identity, Biometrics Institute, and NIST each to host online events on facial recognition

Three upcoming biometrics events have been announced involving National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) experts on facial recognition. Women in Identity, the Biometrics Institute, and NIST itself are holding events during the months of September and October.

Women in Identity is holding an online event to discuss ‘The Demographic Effects of Facial Recognition’ featuring NIST Research Scientist and biometrics expert Mei Ngan.

Ngan researches face recognition and tattoo recognition with NIST, and is involved with the Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) MORPH project for detecting face morphing. She is also a co-author of NIST reports on the accuracy of face recognition with masks, and importantly for the webinar, demographic effects. She also won a Special Contribution Award at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Identity, Security, and Behavior Analysis (ISBA), and a 2020 Women in Biometrics award.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:00 BST. Registration is required.

Biometrics Institute Congress

The Biometrics Institute Congress for 2020 will be held online from October 7 to 31, with eight sessions held over four days.

Ngan will also speak at this event, along with NIST’s Patrick Grother, Rebecca Hayer of the Defence Science and Technology Group, Heidrun Holin of Lufthansa, Simon Walsh of the Australian Federal Police, and European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewioroski.

Sessions will cover the state of biometrics, the future of travel and border management, the power of digital ID, performance, accuracy and testing, national security and counter-terrorism, trust and confidence in biometric technology, a focus on facial recognition and an expert question-and-answer exchange.


NIST has also announced the International Face Performance Conference (IFPC) 2020 will be held online from October 27 to 29 to explore the technical factors affecting high performance biometric face recognition applications.

Factors in the deployment and use of different applications, standards, and quality assessment will be considered, along with human aspects, demographic effects, age effects, presentation attack detection, morphing, datasets, tuning, non-cooperative uses, accuracy measurement, and performance tests. The goal of the event is to improve the maturity of the field, improving accuracy, transparency and trustworthiness.

The conference is supported by the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, and held in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the European Association for Biometrics (EAB).

Technical or policy presentation proposals are welcomed.

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