The major successful outcomes obtained during the FP6 – BioSecure project are the following :
The BioSecure Multimodal Databases : It has been collected by 11 university institutes across Europe in the framework of the BioSecure Network of Excellence. This database has been designed to include data corresponding to face, voice, iris, fingerprint, hand and signature modalities, within the framework of three datasets corresponding to real multimodal, multi-session and multi-environment situations.
The BioSecure Reference and Evaluation Framework : It is composed of open-source reference systems, publicly available databases, assessment protocols and benchmarking results for several modalities (2D and 3D face, speech, signature, fingerprint, hand, iris and talkinf-face). This framework aims at introducing a new experimental methodology for conducting, reporting and comparing experiments for biometric systems, participating to standardisation efforts. It can be considered as a reliable and innovative process to evaluate the progress of research in the field of biometrics.
The BioSecure Multimodal Evaluation Campaign : This competition was organized by the BioSecure Network of Excellence in 2007. It had to enable institutions to easily assess the performance of their own monomodal and multimodal algorithms and to compare them to other. Two scenarios were planned by the consortium : access control and mobile scenario. The role of multimodal biometrics in realistic conditions (border control and high security physical access control) was evaluated with the access control scenario while the mobile scenario aimed to assess the robustness of monomodal and multimodal algorithms to degraded conditions.
The BioSecure Targeted Research Projects: During the initial period of the BioSecure project, work was mainly concentrated on surveys of the state of the art presenting an overview of the field, stressing the main areas of research and emphasizing the capabilities and limitations of the current techniques. This joint effort, which reinforced the integration between the partners, also allowed the identification of gaps that need to be dealt with and resulted in a number of documents made publicly available. The completed cartography allowed the refinement of a programme focusing on specific research topics considered of major importance with a significant innovation potential, the programme being designed to gain new knowledge anticipating scientific and technological needs. It shall be stressed that the work carried out during the BioSecure Residential Workshop was very effective to tune the foreseen research effort. Later on, a call for proposals allowed the selection and support for 15 targeted joint research projects covering a broad range of well defined issues. They were specifically designed to foster a deeper co-operation amongst the network partners.
The BioSecure Research Agenda: Beyond the organisation of its own research activities, a major challenge of BioSecure was to present a longer-term vision for the future of biometrics research. An in-depth brainstorming work was conducted by the network following an extensive consultation process performed through workshops and questionnaires near a large range of stakeholders (policy makers, representatives from industry, researchers, end users …). This effort led to establish a set of most important research actions which are considered as essential for the wide spread use of biometrics for security applications based on trust and confidence.