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EAB Research Projects Conference (EAB-RPC) 2018

Date: 2018-09-24 - 2018-09-25 Location: Fraunhofer IGD, Fraunhoferstraße 5, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany

Organizer: The European Association for Biometrics (EAB) in cooperation with the Joint Research Center (DG-JRC) of the European Commission, and Fraunhofer IGD
Organizing Committee: Javier Galbally (Scientific Chair, EC DG-JRC), Farzin Deravi (Scientific Co-Chair, EAB – Univ. of Kent), Fernando Alonso-Fernandez (Demo and Posters Chair, EAB – Halmstad Univ.), Alexander Nouak (Publicity and Local Committee Chair, Chairman of EAB – Fraunhofer ICT Group), Christoph Busch (Local Committee Co-Chair, EAB – Univ. of applied Sciences Darmstadt)

Banner for EAB Research Projects Conference 2018 The 5th edition of the EAB Research Projects Conference will take place on 24 and 25 September 2018, at the premises of Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt, Germany.

The conference is currently the largest event on research funded by the European Union in the area of Biometrics and Identity Management. Over the previous four successful editions, EAB-RPC has become the main forum in Europe where attendees can simultaneously: promote research carried out in biometrics, forge new links and networks, and identify the appropriate partners for possible future project applications. Last year’s edition welcomed over 100 participants from academia, industry and public institutions.

This year’s edition will include the participation of numerous EU-funded research projects, such as: BODEGA, LIGHTest, IDENTITY, SWAN, AMBER, iBorderCtrl, SMILE, PROTECT, LETSCROWD, TRESSPASS, CybSPEED, FOLDOUT, FACCESS, Smart-Trust and QuardCard. Researchers from all over Europe will present the advances achieved in these projects, provide updates on how results from finished projects are being currently used to improve biometric technology and eventually give an insight into the future of biometric research.

In addition to the research community the conference will offer a more holistic and comprehensive perspective of the status of biometric and identity management technology in Europe with the participation of the following stakeholders:

  • End-users, represented by FRONTEX (border control), ENFSI (forensics)
  • Policy makers, represented by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB)
  • Managers of large IT-systems, represented by the European Agency eu-LISA in charge of deploying and running European systems such as SIS-II or Eurodac
  • Industrial partners are also welcome to join in order to give their point of view and present the challenges that they face in the development of real-world solutions

The conference will foster discussion among participants and will include a round-table where all the above communities of practice will put forward their ideas and needs, present the challenges that they face in their daily work and propose solutions.

As such, in addition to provide the latest updates on biometric research carried out in Europe, one of the main objectives of the conference is to bring together all stakeholders to try to find common approaches and strategies to give a coordinated response to the key needs identified by the Union in order to efficiently protect the freedom and security of EU citizens. All the projects in the conference are, in fact, engaged in one of the objectives driving the Union’s policy development in order to reach a more secure society (EC COM/2011/809 final – 2011/0401 (COD)):

  • Fight against crime and terrorism
  • Strengthen security through border management
  • Provide cyber security
  • Increase Europe's resilience to crises and disasters
  • Ensure privacy and freedom including the Internet and enhance the societal dimension of security
  • Enhance standardization and interoperability of systems

We thank our sponsors for this event:

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We thank our partners:

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We thank the Media Partner of the event:

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Fees are non-refundable as from 7 days before the start of the event

Entrance fees: normal: 360,00 € / EAB members: 240,00 € / Speakers: 120,00 € / Keynote Speaker: 0,00 €

Monday, 24 September 2018

09:30 Alexander Nouak
Michiel van der Veen

Conference Opening

EAB-RPC2018 Conference Guide
Chairman of EAB
09:45 Javier Galbally

DG-JRC Support in biometrics to EU policy

JRC poster on Ageing in Fingerprints
10:00 Rasa Karbauskaite

FRONTEX: Role in EU Border Security Research and activities in the area of biometrics


Communication break + Posters

Updates of on-going projects (BODEGA, LIGHTest, iBorderCtrl); Chair: Javier Galbally
11:00 Sirra Toivonen

BODEGA – Project Update

11:30 Rachelle Selung

LIGHTest – Project Update

LIGHTest poster
Fraunhofer IAO
12:00 Georgios Boultadakis
Rodoula Makri

iBorderCtrl – Project Update

iBorderCtrl poster
European Dynamics
Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS) of the National Technical University of Athens

Lunch break + Posters

Updates of on-going projects (SWAN, AMBER, IDENTITY); Chair: Javier Galbally
13:30 Christoph Busch

SWAN – Project Update

Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU
14:00 Richard Guest

AMBER – Project Update

University of Kent
14:30 Massimo Tistarelli

IDENTITY – Project Update

Università degli Studi di Sassari

Communication break + Posters

SMILE (parallel session – Room 074) – Poster; Chair: Javier Galbally
15:30 Georgios Stavropoulos

SMILE project overview

Centre of Research & Technology – Hellas (CERTH ITI)
15:50 Georgios Stavropoulos

Architecture and use cases

16:10 Georgios Stavropoulos

Technical solution presentation

16:35 Georgios Stavropoulos

Pilot scenarios


Communication break + Posters

PROTECT (parallel session – Room 073); Chair: James Ferryman
15:30 James Ferryman

Overview of PROTECT concept, status and results to date

University of Reading
15:40 Chris Hurrey

Demonstrator scenarios / ConOps

Intrepid Minds
15:50 James Ferryman

Biometric innovations

University of Reading
16:20 Philipp Mayr

Biometric-based border solutions

16:40 Franck Dumortier

Legal and social issues

University of Namur

Communication break + Posters

LETSCROWD (parallel session – Room 048); Chair: Jordi Arias
15:30 Jordi Arias

Mass gathering events, a security challenge for LEAs

Grupo ETRA
15:50 Carlo Dambra

From static to more dynamic risk assessment

16:10 Paul Townsend

Crowd modelling and simulation tool

Crowd Dynamics
16:35 Iosu Alonso

Challenges in crowd security


Communication break + Posters

Demonstration Session – Room 074 and Foyer
17:30 Fernando Alonso


Halmstad University

Reception, dinner and get together

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Keynotes; Chair: Javier Galbally
09:00 Krum Garkov

Management and interoperability of large biometric IT systems in the EU

09:45 Els Kindt

Challenges and opportunities under the GDPR for biometric data processing

KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CITIP)

Communication break + Posters

SpeechXrays (parallel session – Room 073); Chair: Dijana Petrovska
10:45 Michel Kostucki

The SpeechXrays project

11:00 Alexandru Nicolin

The SpeechXrays use cases and the GDPR

Horia Hulubei National Institute for R&D in Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH)
11:15 Dijana Petrovska

Face biometrics

Télécom SudParis
11:30 Ioannis Markopoulos

SpeechXRays: The Greek Consumer User Case-Testing Methodology and Cohorts Engagements

11:45 Neil MacDonald

Active voice authentication

12:00 Iacob Crucianu

Biometric Integration


Lunch break + Posters

Just-finished projects (FLYSEC) and just-started projects (TRESSPASS, CybSPEED, FOLDOUT) (parallel session – Room 074); Chair: Dimitris K. Kyriazanos
10:45 Dimitris K. Kyriazanos

The FLYSEC project

National Center for Scientific Research "DEMOKRITOS"
11:15 Dimitris K. Kyriazanos

An introduction to the TRESSPASS project

National Center for Scientific Research "DEMOKRITOS"
11:35 Manuel Graña

An introduction to the CybSPEED project

Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (EHU)
11:55 Georg Melzer-Venturi

An introduction to the FOLDOUT project

FOLDOUT poster

Lunch break + Posters

SME projects (FACCESS, Smart-Trust, QuardCard); Chair: Javier Galbally
13:15 Javier Mira, Tania Martínez

The FACCESS project

FACCESS poster
Facephi Biometria
13:45 Pedro Torres

The Smart-Trust Project

Smart-Trust poster
14:15 Frank Sandeløv

The QuardCard project


Communication break + Posters

Round Table
15:15 Farzin Deravi

Biometrics and Data Protection: Finding the Right Balance


  • Els Kindt (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
  • Marta Gomez-Barrero (University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt)
  • Pedro Torres (Vision-Box)

University of Kent
16:15 Alexander Nouak
Javier Galbally

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