IAPR/IEEE Winter School on Biometrics 2019

Signature Biometrics and Biometrics for Forensics

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In the first part of the lecture I will introduce the fundamentals of handwritten signature biometrics, from the main discriminant features developed in the last 20 years, to recent advances in deep learning. We will also include details on various resources useful for research in this area, including common benchmarks and signature datasets. We will also discuss research problems traditionally explored in signature biometrics but with a much wider application, such as biometric template aging, biometric template security, and adaptive biometric systems. The lecture will finally discuss research challenges in this area.

In the second part of the lecture I will discuss the basics of how biometrics systems may be useful in forensic science and forensic practice, with concrete examples in fingerprint, face, and handwritten biometrics.


Julian FIERREZ received the MSc and the PhD degrees in telecommunications engineering from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain, in 2001 and 2006, respectively.

Since 2002 he was affiliated as a PhD candidate with the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, and since 2004 at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, where he is currently an Associate Professor since 2010. From 2007 to 2009 he was a visiting researcher at Michigan State University in USA under a Marie Curie fellowship. His research interests include general signal and image processing, pattern recognition, and biometrics. Since 2016 he is Associate Editor for Elsevier's Information Fusion and IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security, and since 2018 also for IEEE Trans. on Image Processing.

Prof. Fierrez has been actively involved in multiple EU projects focused on biometrics (e.g. TABULA RASA and BEAT), has attracted notable impact for his research, and is the recipient of a number of distinctions, including: EBF European Biometric Industry Award 2006, EURASIP Best PhD Award 2012, Medal in the Young Researcher Awards 2015 by the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Miguel Catalan Award to the Best Researcher under 40 in the Community of Madrid in the general area of Science and Technology. In 2017 he has been also awarded the IAPR Young Biometrics Investigator Award, given to a single researcher worldwide every two years under the age of 40, whose research work has had a major impact in biometrics.

Julian Fierrez

Julian Fierrez
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain