Alghero, Italy - May 27-31 / 2019  

Download application form  


From the early days, when security was the driving force behind biometric research, today's challenges go far beyond security. Machine learning, Image understanding, Signal analysis, Neuroscience, Forensic science, Digital forensics and other disciplines, converged in a truly multidisciplinary effort to devise and build advanced systems to facilitate the interpretation of signals recorded from individuals acting in a given environment. This is what we simply call today "Biometrics".

For the last sixteen years, the International Summer School on Biometrics has been closely following the developments in science and technology to offer a cutting edge, intensive training course, always up to date with the current state-of-the-art.

What are the most up-to-date core biometric technologies developed in the field? What is the potential impact of biometrics in forensic investigation and crime prevention? How to detect impersonation attacks and disguise? What can we learn from human perception? What is a biometric recognition system?

This school follows the successful track of the International Summer Schools on Biometrics held since 2003. In this 16th edition, the courses will mainly focus on new and emerging issues:

  1. How Biometrics can deal with emerging applications;
  2. How to exploit new biometric technologies in forensic and security applications;
  3. Standardization, evaluation and assessment of biometric and forensic applications;
  4. Biometrics, Forensic identification and deep learning: What is next?

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.

Special keynote lecture from
prof. Tomaso POGGIO
MIT Mc Govern Institute for Brain Research

An advanced feature of this summer school will be some practical sessions to better understand, "hands on", the real potential of today's biometric technologies.

The school will be held in conjunction with the Int.l Conference on Biometrics (ICB 2019)

Download Draft Schedule 2019

Download Application Form

Participant application

The school is open to about 50 highly qualified, motivated and pre-selected participants. Phd students, post-docs, researchers, forensic examiners, police officers and professionals are encouraged to apply.

The expected school fees will be in the order of 1,500 euro for Phd students and 2,000 euro for others (subject to change). The fees will include full board accommodation, all courses and handling material.

A limited number of scholarships, covering a portion of the fees, will be awarded to Phd students, selected on the basis of their scientific background and on-going research work. Precedence will be given to members of the EU H2020 IDENTITY consortium, and active members of IAPR and IEEE. The scholarship request form can be downloaded HERE.

Phd students and post-docs are encouraged to submit a short paper (6 pages maximum) for an oral presentation on their recent research activity.

Poster boards will be also available to all participants to display their current research or professional advances.

School location

The school will be hosted by hotel El Faro in Porto Conte, near Alghero, Sardinia, one of the most beautiful resorts in the Mediterranean sea. El Faro Hotel, a luxurious, intimate and elegant residence by the illustrious Sardinian architect Antonio Simon Mossa, stands in the wonderful scene of Baia delle Ninfe (the Nymph Bay), immersed in the surrounding nature. Designed over the idea of a boat anchored at sea, it has an equipped marina area, seawater swimming pools, spa services and WI-FI. It is only 10 minutes away from Alghero and the airport Alghero-Fertilia.

The hotel El Faro is a renowned conference center, fully equipped for scientific events. The entire structure, as well as the surroundings, proved to be a perfect environment for the school activities.

El Faro Hotel stands over the sea, in the middle of a natural bay that the Romans called Baia delle Ninfe because of its beauty. It is sheltered from the northwest wind thanks to Monte Timidone and from the northeast winds by Monte Doglia. It faces south-west and is exposed to the sun from morning to sunset. Getting there: Regular bus and hotel shuttle to/from the town center. Alghero Fertilia Airport (Aho) 10 min. Olbia (SS 199) Cagliari (SS131) towards Sassari. From Sassari to Alghero Ss 291. From the center of Alghero or the Airoport continue towards Ferilia > at the traffic light (Ss127 bis) continue towards Capo Caccia-Porto Conte > 5 km further at the intersection turn left until Torre di Porto Conte.

Submission of applications

Send a filled application form to the school together with a short curriculum vitae, via e-mail to Massimo Tistarelli:

Key Dates:

Submission of applications:

  • Submission of applications: February 15th, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: March 15th, 2019
  • Registration: April 2nd, 2019


School Committee


Massimo Tistarelli
Computer Vision Laboratory
DAP-University of Sassari, Italy

Joseph Bigun
Department of Computer Science
Halmstad University, Sweden

Enrico Grosso
Computer Vision Laboratory
University of Sassari, Italy

Anil K. Jain
Biometrics Laboratory
Michigan State University, USA

Distinguished lecturers from past school editions:

Josef Bigun
Halmstad University, Sweden

Vincent Bouatou
Morpho-Sagem Securité, France

Thirimachos Bourlai
West Virginia University, USA

Deepak Chandra
Google Inc., USA

Rama Chellappa
Univerity of Maryland, USA

John Daugman
Cambridge University, UK

Farzin Deravi
University of Kent, UK

Andrzej Drygajlo
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

James Haxby
Dartmouth University , USA

Anil K. Jain
Michigan State University, USA

Joseph Kittler
University of Surrey, UK

Davide Maltoni
Università di Bologna, Italy

John Mason
Swansea University, UK

Aldo Mattei
Arma dei Carabinieri, Italy

Didier Meuwley
Nederlands Forensisch Instituut (NFI), Netherlands

Emilio Mordini
Responsible Technology, Italy

Mark Nixon
University of Southampton, UK

Alice O'Toole
University of Texas, USA

Maja Pantic
Imperial College, UK

Jonhaton Phillips

Arun Ross
Michigan State University, USA

Tieniu Tan

Massimo Tistarelli
Università di Sassari, Italy

Alessandro Verri
Università di Genova - Italy

James Wayman
University of San Josè, USA



IDENTITY project

European Commission

EU Horizon 2020



IAPR Technical Committee on Biometrics (TC4)




European Association for Signal Processing




EAB European Association for Biometrics




University of Sassari