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IAPR/IEEE Winter School on Biometrics 2021 was successfully held

The IAPR/IEEE Winter School on Biometrics 2021 (WSB2021) was held in Shenzhen on 24-28 January, 2021. Jointly organized by the Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University, the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, the winter school attracted around 90 participants, including professors and senior postgraduate students from world-wide tertiary institutions. Due to the worldwide outspread of COVID-19, the winter school introduced online lecture as well.

The 5-day winter school included lectures, hands-on session, talks from industry and social programme. To consolidate the fundamental knowledge of biometrics and share the latest biometric development, the scope of the course is designed to cover the topics which mainly include mobile biometrics, anti-spoofing, template protection, and fundamental of different biometric modalities. New and challenging topics are covered in the course by internationally renowned experts from all over the world.

Nineteen world-class scholars, including
  • Prof. Mauro Barni of University of Siena, Italy;
  • Dr. Raffaele Cappelli of University of Bologna, Italy;
  • Prof. Julian Fierrez of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain;
  • Prof. Anil K. Jain of Michigan State University, US;
  • Prof. Josef Kittler of University of Surrey, UK;
  • Prof. Ajay Kumar of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong;
  • Prof. Xiaoming Liu of Michigan State University, US;
  • Prof. Brian Lovell of University of Queensland, Australia;
  • Dr. Chen Change Loy of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore;
  • Prof. Sébastien Marcel of Idiap and EPFL, Switzerland;
  • Prof. Mark Nixon of University of Southampton, UK;
  • Dr. Vishal M Patel of Johns Hopkins University, US;
  • Prof. Arun Ross of Michigan State University, US
  • Prof. Zhenan Sun of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China;
  • Prof. Tieniu Tan of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China;
  • Prof. Massimo Tistarelli of University of Sassari, Italy;
  • Dr. Jing Xiao of Ping An Group, China;
  • Prof. Yasushi Yagi of Osaka University, Japan;
  • Prof. P C Yuen of Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong,

delivered lectures on:
  • Deep Learning Security and Biometric-Based Authentication: Threats and Defenses;
  • Hands on Fingerprint Recognition with OpenCV and Python;
  • Signature and Touchscreen Biometrics & Biometrics for Forensics;
  • Biometrics: Past, Present and Future;
  • Fusion of Multimodal Biometrics;
  • Less-Constrained and Completely Contactless Palmprint Identification;
  • Face Presentation Attacks: Physical and Digital;
  • Biometrics in Surveillance Videos;
  • Deep Generative Prior;
  • Biometric Presentation Attack Detection;
  • Soft Biometrics for Human Identification;
  • Federated learning for biometrics applications;
  • Privacy Preserving Biometrics;
  • Iris Recognition: Sensors, Algorithms and Applications;
  • Fundamentals and Recent Progress of Biometrics;
  • Human Face Recognition: Learning from Biological Deep Networks;
  • Biometrics for Finance;
  • Gait Recognition; and
  • Face Biometrics System Security

The lectures sparked plentiful interaction between the speakers and the audience. Overwhelmingly positive comments are received.

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