Alghero, Italy - June 9-13 / 2008  


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. The recent introduction of biometric data in electronic documents, such as passports, has increased the relevance of the secure storage and processing of personal biometric data.

What are the most up-to-date core technologies developed in the field? What are the most relevant issues in biometric standardization? 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 International Summer Schools on Biometrics held since 2003, but with a different target. In this fifth edition, the courses will mainly focus on new and emerging issues in biometrics:

  1. How to enforce security and privacy in the biometric system (from template to recognition);
  2. The design and application of new and emerging biometric technologies;
  3. Standardization issues and techniques for evaluation and assessment of biometric applications.

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 talks will be delivered by 18 out of the best internationally reputed experts, both from academia and industry, actively working in several fields related to biometric technologies.

Emphasis will be given to evaluation, standardization and to define the maturity of technology for the deployment of biometrics in a wide range of applications.

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 1,200 for Phd students and 1,700 for others (subject to change). The fees will include full board accommodation, all courses and handling material.

Phd students and post-docs are encouraged 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. Selected paper may be published, either in an edited book in the Springer Verlag Lecture Notes Series in Computer Science, or in a journal special issue.

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, 2008
  • Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2008
  • Registration: April 1, 2008

Download: registration form


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

Preliminary list of speakers:

Josef Bigun
Halmstad University, Sweden

Rama Chellappa
Univerity of Maryland, USA

Farzin Deravi
University of Kent, UK

Anil K. Jain
Michigan State University, USA

Barry Johnson
University of Virginia/Privaris, USA

Joseph Kittler
University of Surrey, UK

Davide Maltoni
Università di Bologna, Italy

John Mason
Swansea University, UK

Martin Meints
ULD SH, Germany

Mark Nixon
University of Southampton, UK

Alice O’Toole
University of Texas, USA

Fred Preston
Motorola Biometrics, UK

Tieniu Tan

Massimo Tistarelli
Universtity of Sassari, Italy

Alessandro Verri
Università di Genova - Italy

Download Preliminary Schedule 2008

Schedule 2008 - PDF



European Commission - Information and Communication Technologies

European Commission

Sardegna Ricerche

Faculty of Architecture, University of Sassari


EBF European Biometrics Forum

with support from


Sardegna District-ICT

Regione Sardegna

COST 2101