Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Patrick Bours

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway


Patrick Bours recieved his MSc and PhD degree in the area of Discrete Mathematics from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, in 1990 and 1994. From 1995 until June 2005 he worked as a senior policy member in the area of cryptology for the Netherlands National Communication Security Agency (NLNCSA). From July 2005 he worked at the Gjøvik University College in Gjøvik, Norway. First as a Postdoc (2005-2008), then as an associate professor (2008-2012) and since 2012 he holds a professor position. Gjøvik University College merged with NTNU in 2016.  Since 2005 he is working in the area of biometrics, and in particular behavioural biometrics. He has over 100 publications in the area of gait recognition, keystroke and mouse dynamics, as well as ear, fingerprint, face and retina recognition. His current research interest is in the area of keystroke dynamics, in particular continuous authentication and application of keystroke dynamics. Patrick Bours is reviewer for various conferences and journals in the area of biometrics and he is an associate editor for Wiley's journal on Security and Privacy (SPY).


Keynote Speaker II

Assoc. Prof. Julian Fierrez
Universidad Autonoma De Madrid, Spain


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 he is 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, IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security, and 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.




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