Alghero, Italy - June 5 - 9 2006  



In the last decade, several recognition and authentication systems based on biometric measurements have been proposed. Many different biological features have been utilized: fingerprint, face and facial features, retinal scan, iris pattern, hand geometry, dna trace and gait, and others. Algorithms and sensors have been developed to acquire and process all different biometric data sources. Not only research tools have been developed, but a notable effort has been made by many industrial companies, making biometrics a very challenging arena, fostering many diverse approaches.

What are the most up-to-date core technologies developed in the field? How well do these systems perform? What are the real and ultimate limitations of biometric recognition/authentication systems? How to develop/integrate a biometric recognition system?

This school follows the successful Summer Schools on Biometrics held in 2003 and 2005, but with a different target. In this third edition, the courses will mainly focus on new and emerging issues in biometrics:

  • the design and application of new biometric sensors and modalities;
  • techniques for evaluating and assessment of biometric applications;
  • the collection and management of large-scale databases.

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.
Emphasis will be given to evaluation, standardization and to define the maturity of technology for deployment of biometrics in a wide range of applications.
the school will involve a five days, full immersin of lectures as wella as practical exercise in the development and use of modules for Biometric systems.

Student application

The school will be open to about 40 highly qualified, motivated and pre-selected students. Phd students, post-docs, young researchers or industrial professionals in the field are encouraged to apply. The lectures will be given by several outstanding experts in the field, from both academia and industry.

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

Participating students may submit a short paper (6 pages maximum, original and unpublished work) on their recent research activity. A scholarship (supported by Motorola) will be given to the best paper presented by the students and selected by the school committee. A selected subset from the submitted paper will be published, together with the lecturer’s contributions, in an edited book in the Springer Verlag Lecture Notes Series in Computer Science.

School location

The school will be hosted by hotel Capo Caccia in Tramariglio, near Alghero, Sardynia one of the most beautiful resorts in the Mediterranean sea. Settled on the north-western coast of Sardinia, Capo Caccia is the extreme point. At west of the enchanting Bay of Porto Conte, which closes at east-side, with Punta Giglio, the bay engraves the coast for more than 6 kmts, culminating, among wide beaches and wonderful small beach-natural plat- forms, in the massif of Capo Caccia reef.

The hotel Capo Caccia is a recently renovated conference center, fully equipped for scientific events. The structure is divided into three main blocks, beautifully immersed into the Capo Caccia natural reserve. The central building, the dépendence and the other structures of the village are joined each other by a covered walk, which pleasantly crosses the park, reaching the swimming-pool and the beach. The entire structure as well as the surroundings proved to be a perfect environment for the school activities. The Capo Caccia hotel is located close to Porto Conte Ricerche, a modern hi-tech center, part of the University of Sassari, which hosts a variety of facilities for research and training (computer laboratories, specialized equipment and lecture halls) and hospitality (guest quarters and dining hall), as well as an auditorium that is fully equipped for scientific events.


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 15, 2006
  • Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2006
  • Registration: April 1, 2005

Download: registration form


School Committee


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


Joseph Bigun
Department of Computer Science
Halmstad University, Sweden

Enrico Grosso
Computer Vision Laboratory
University of Sassari, Italy


List of speakers:

Charles Beumier
Ecole Royale Militaire - Belgium

Joseph Bigun
Halmstad University, Sweden

Farzin Deravi
University of Keny - UK

Jana Dittman
Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany

Patrick Flynn
University of Notre Dame - 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

Mark Nixon
University of Southampton - UK

Javier Ortega - Garcia
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid Spain

Alice O'Toole
University of Texas - USA

Giuseppe Parziale
TBS Holding AG - Switzerland

Nalini Ratha
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA

Ben Schouten
Euroepan Biometrics Forum, EU

Tieniu Tan
National Laboratory for Pattern Recognition (CASIA) - China

Alessandro Verri
Università di Genova - Italy

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