Alghero, Italy - May 30 - June 4 / 2021  

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Due to the current Sars-CoV-2 outbreak the Summer School will be held as a virtual event allowing participation with videoconference facilities

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, Robotics, 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 changing environment. This is what we simply call today "Biometrics".

For the last eighteen 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.

Special keynote lectures from

prof. Anil JAIN
Michigan State University

prof. Tomaso POGGIO
MIT Mc Govern Institute for Brain Research

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? What can we learn from human perception? How to deploy current AI and Deep Learning approaches? How to deal with adversarial attacks in biometric recognition?

This school follows the successful track of the International Summer Schools on Biometrics held since 2003. In this 18th edition, the courses will mainly focus on new and emerging issues:

  1. The impact of AI in Biometrics and Biometrics in AI;
  2. How to make "Deep Biometrics" systems explainable;
  3. Biometrics for social interactions and emerging applications;
  4. How to exploit new biometric technologies in forensic and security 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 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 on", the real potential of today's biometric technologies.

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Participant application

The school is open to about 70 highly qualified, motivated and pre-selected participants. Phd students, post-docs, researchers, forensic examiners, police officers and professionals are encouraged to apply.

The school fees will be in the order of 400 euro for Phd students and 800 euro for others. The fees will include all live courses and handling material.

A number of scholarships, covering the fees, will be awarded to Phd students, selected on the basis of their scientific background and on-going research work. 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.

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

School location

Due to the persisting Sars-CoV-2 pandemic, the school lectures will be delivered online, through videoconferencing facilities.

  1. Live lectures will be delivered online with full sharing of the lecturing material and allowing live interaction with the participants. Private and group meetings with each lecturer will be organised to deepen the discussion started in the class.
  2. Ad-hoc teleconferencing tools will be also set up for practical hands-on sessions.
  3. Open sessions will be organised with questions and answers directed by the leading experts in the field.

The organisers and all lecturers are fully committed to make this year's school as successful, instructing and inspiring as in the past years.

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, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: March 20th, 2021
  • Registration: April 25th, 2021

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School Committee


Massimo Tistarelli
Computer Vision Laboratory
University of Sassari, Italy

Josef 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 Meuwly
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

Tomaso Poggio

Nalini Ratha

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

Lior Wolf
Tel Aviv University, Israel





MULTI-modal Imaging of FOREnsic SciEnce Evidence - tools for Forensic Science - MULTI-FORESEE

European Commission

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020



Technical Committee on Biometrics (TC4)




European Association for Signal Processing




EAB European Association for Biometrics




University of Sassari