Winners of the 11th European Biometrics Research Award
On 20 September 2017 the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) awarded young researchers for their outstanding works in the area of biometrics. An international jury chose 3 candidates out of a broad range of submitted high quality papers to present their significant contribution in front of the jury, the EAB members and the public audience.
- The European Biometrics Research Award 2017 has been given to Nanang Susyanto from University of Twente, the Netherlands for his thesis titled A Non-standard Method on Biometric Score Level Fusion via Parametric Copula. This research presents new method for combining dependent scores from two or more biometric recognition systems, which is based on copula models. This copula is used to handle dependence between scores. For a given objective performance measure in a realistic scenario, a resampling method for choosing the best copula pair is proposed. The candidate showed that the method outperforms the existing likelihood-ratio-based score level fusions on some public biometric databases from fingerprint, face, speaker, and video-based gait recognitions under some common objective performance measures: maximizing acceptance rate at fixed false acceptance rate and minimizing discrimination loss.
- This years European Biometrics Industry Award goes to Zhenhua Feng from University of Surrey, United Kingdom for the thesis titled Dynamic Attention-controlled Cascaded Shape Regression for Robust Facial Landmark Detection in the Wild. He presented a new approach for robust facial landmark detection on unconstrained faces. The key innovation of the approach is the fault-tolerant mechanism, using fuzzy set sample weighting, for attention-controlled domain-specific model training. Experimental results obtained on challenging datasets demonstrate the merits over the state-of- the-art methods.
- Special honours were given by the jury to finalist Moises Diaz from Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain for his contribution titled Single Reference Signature System.
The European Research and Industry Awards are both honoured with a 2.000,00 € stipendium for each category. The finalists are also donated a free of charge one year membership of EAB. The European Biometric Research and Industry Awards 2016 are kindly sponsored by OT-Morpho and Fingerprint Cards (FPC).
The selection for the research award has been made on the basis of the academic and scientific quality of the submitted works as well as on the quality of their presentations. A separate selection was made during the final presentation in order to appoint the winner of the industry award. Criteria for this award are next to the scientific level the novelty, impact, applicability and other business aspects.
The European Biometrics Research and Industry Award is granted annually to individuals who have been judged by a panel of internationally respected experts to be making a significant contribution to the field of biometrics research in Europe. The intention of the award is to stimulate innovation in academic research as well as in industry.
EAB members can find the thesis of the award winners in the Hall of Fame
The call for submissions for the EAB Research and Industry Award 2018 is already available.