Activities of the BioSecure NoE


Different activities have been identified by the BioSecure Network of Excellence (NoE):


  • Database integration
    • Study and combine the existing available multimodal biometric databases
    • Long-term variation and updating of existing databases
    • Acquisition of missing modalities


  • Analysis and development of reference systems
    • Inventory and analysis of both publicly available and existing software modules to indicate possible redundancy, incompatibilities and gaps which need to be solved
    • Development and integration of missing reference systems
    • Integration into a publicly available common package


  • Assessment protocols
    • Define and test the assessment protocols that will enable the integration of the existing databases
    • Provide common evaluation plans, development and test sets, standard evaluation metrics to benchmark current monomodal and multimodal person authentication systems


  • Application scenarios

Using the fingerprint modality as a pilot project:

  • Define application scenarios in the context of biometrics algorithms and systems for a number of key authentication applications
  • Define associated performance evaluation protocols for the objective assessment of biometrics systems in real-life applications
  • Study the impact of user interface design on application acceptability


  • Evaluation
    • Contribute/organize biannual technology evaluations of the state of the art in monomodal biometrics such as:
      • fingerprint verification competition (FVC2006): same methodology as in FVC 2000, 2002 and 2004
      • face recognition and verification competition (FRVC2006): methodology from ICPR2000, AVBPA2003, ICBA2004 and ICPR2004
    • Conduct open evaluation campaigns for multimodal biometrics


  • Residential workshop

Organize a 4 weeks Residential workshop to:

  • study specific problems that partners had mutually elaborated during the first 12 months of the project
  • respond to urgent application needs
  • exploit the complementary expertise of the participants
  • allow cross-validation of the reference systems and research prototypes


  • Knowledge valorisation

To overcome the barriers to adoption:

  • establish a knowledge exchange link between the Network and the community of biometrics stakeholders (research and development)
  • perform a watch activity on the relevant national and international standardisation efforts
  • facilitate the dissemination of new knowledge gained through the work of the BioSecure Network


  • Staff mobility

Support staff mobility inside the network to facilitate integration, training and cross-fertilisation activities such as the co-ordination of joint PhD research work.


  • E-communication - web forum for integration

Set up a web-based environment to:

  • enhance collaborative research, as a common platform to carry out scientific discussion, to manage joint research projects, to announce job opportunities and other activities to spread excellence
  • facilitate the sharing of databases, algorithms, storage and computational resources
  • facilitate the communication of events both within and outside the consortium


  • Dissemination
    • Contribution to the scientific exchange within the community (i.e. special sessions in conferences…)
    • Production of books and repositories reflecting the state of the art as well as future challenges of the domain