Welcome to BioLab 04/03/2015 09:30

"Biometric Systems are automated methods of verifying or recognizing the identity of a living person on the basis of some physiological characteristics, like a fingerprint or iris pattern, or some aspects of behavior, like handwriting or keystroke patterns"

The Biometric System Laboratory is active at the University of Bologna since 1993 and is supported by DISI (Department of Computer Science and Engineering) and Computer Science and Engineering degree progam (Cesena). The main research efforts are devoted to fingerprint and face recognition and to performance evaluation of biometric systems. Collaborations with industrial partners ensure that the research activities are linked to real applications.


Ingegneria e Scienze Informatiche - Università di Bologna
via Sacchi 3, 47521 Cesena (FC) - ITALY


Call for nominations for the 2015 IAPR Young Biometrics Investigator Award (YBIA) 

The objectives and criteria of this award are similar to the IAPR JK Aggarwal award, except that it will be given to outstanding scientists in the biometrics field. The award will be given out in odd years. The recipients of the award will be announced at ICB or IJCB (International Joint Conference on Biometrics). At the conference, the winner will be asked to deliver a plenary talk.

ICB 2015 - The 8th IAPR International Conference on Biometrics 

Phuket, Thailand - May - 19 - 22, 2015
The 8th IAPR International Conference on Biometrics, technically co-sponsored by both IAPR (Technical Committee on Biometrics - TC4) and IEEE (Biometrics Council), is the premier forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of biometrics. ICB-2015 is intended to have a broad scope. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Biometric Technologies, Biometric System Designs & Standards, Biometric Applications and Biometric Evaluations.

MCC SDK v1.4 is now freely available for research purposes

MCC SDK is a .Net DLL library that enables to develop fingerprint verification applications using the Minutia Cylinder-Code (MCC) algorithm.

SFinGe: The Synthetic Fingerprint Generator

The demo version of SFinGe v2.5 can be freely downloaded.

Minutia Cylinder-Code (MCC)

A new representation and matching technique for fingerprint recognition was developed and patented: Minutia Cylinder-Code (MCC). The new method is extremely fast and very accurate: it can be implemented even on very light architectures and can perform about 7 million comparisons per second on a low-cost PC.

Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition (Second Edition)

D. Maltoni, D. Maio, A.K. Jain, S. Prabhakar
Springer, London, 2009.

FVC-onGoing: On-Line Evaluation of Fingerprint Recognition Algorithms

FVC-onGoing is the latest evolution of FVC: the international Fingerprint Verification Competitions organized in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006.
FVC-onGoing is an innovative web-based automated evaluation system for fingerprint recognition algorithms.
Tests are carried out on a set of sequestered datasets and results are reported on-line by using well known performance indicators and metrics.
Academic Research Groups, Companies and independent developers are kindly invited to register and submit algorithms to FVC-onGoing.

Evaluation of the human capability to recognize faces in difficult cases

In the field of biometric systems, a questionnaire designed to measure the human ability to recognize people has been prepared. It consists of 30 questions presenting particularly difficult cases.
For each question, please indicate whether the two photos represent the same subject (Yes) or different, but very similar, ones (No).
Participation to the survey is welcome, and if you wish to spend the 3 minutes required (about 5 seconds per question) you will have our gratitude and will contribute to the success of our research.
All data collected will be treated in accordance to the privacy policy.
Thanks in advance for your support.

12th IAPR/IEEE Int.l Summer School for Advanced Studies on Biometrics for Secure Authentication: BIOMETRICS IN FORENSIC, SECURITY AND MOBILE APPLICATIONS

Alghero, Italy - June 22 - 26, 2015
The courses will provide a clear and in-depth picture on the state-of-the-art in biometric verification/identification technology, both under the theoretical and scientific point of view as well as in diverse application domains. The lectures will be given by 18 outstanding experts in the field, from both academia and industry. An advanced feature of this summer school will be some practical sessions to better understand, "hands on2, the real potential of today’s biometric technologies.

Scanner Quality

BioLab introduced a new operational definition of fingerprint scanner quality.

Quaderni CNIPA sulla Biometria (Italian language)

Materiale introduttivo sui Sistemi Biometrici e il loro impiego nella Pubblica Amministrazione, alla cui redazione hanno partecipato membri del laboratorio:
Quaderno 9, Quaderno 15 e Quaderno 17.

Biometric Systems: Technology, Design and Performance Evaluation

J. Wayman, A.K. Jain, D. Maltoni, D. Maio (Editors)
Springer, New York, 2005.

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