Prof. Andrzej Drygajlo

Andrzej Drygajlo currently leads the Speech Processing and Biometrics Group (SPBG) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). In 1993 he created the EPFL Speech Processing Group (SPG) and then the EPFL Speech Processing and Biometrics Group (SPBG) and Biometrics Centre Lausanne. He conducts research on technological, methodological and forensic aspects of speech and biometrics for security and forensic applications and teaching in speech processing, biometrics and man-machine communication at EPFL and in the School of Criminal Sciences (ESC) at the University of Lausanne. 

He participates in and coordinates numerous national (e.g. NCCR (IM)2, SNSF) and international projects (COST 275, 249, 250) and is member of various scientific committees. In 2006 he was elected chair of the European COST 2101 Action "Biometrics for Identity Documents and Smart Cards". He is also a member of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA) and co-founder of the Expert Working Group for Forensic Speech and Audio Analysis of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI), as well as member of its Steering Committee and its chairman. In the domain of forensics, he invented with his Ph.D. students some pioneering approaches in forensic automatic speaker recognition using data-driven methodology.

Dr Andrzej Drygajlo has organized a number of international conferences and workshops on topics related to forensic phonetics and acoustics (IAFPA 2008, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 2008), voice biometrics ("Biometrics and Identity Management", COST 2101 Workshop, Roskilde, Denmark, May 2008; "Smart Cards and Biometrics", COST 2101 and BioSecure NoE Workshop, Lausanne, Switzerland, March 2007), and forensic speaker recognition ("Forensic Automatic Speaker Recognition" and "Forensic Speech and Audio Analysis", invited workshops in the framework of European Academy of Forensic Science, Helsinki, Finland, June 2006 and Glasgow, Scotland, 2009). He was also involved in the organization of InterSpeech 2003, the biggest international conference in the area of speech communication which took place in Geneva, Switzerland in September 2003. In the framework of this conference he organized the first special session on forensic speaker recognition.

Dr. Drygajlo has been advisor of numerous Ph.D. theses. He is the author/co-author of more than 100 research publications, including several book chapters, together with his own book. He also is an appointed expert nominated by the European Commission in the domain of speech and language technology. Recently, he has been nominated Editor-in-Chief of the EURASIP Journal of Information Security.





Technical Committee on Biometrics (TC4)




European Association for Signal Processing




EAB European Association for Biometrics




University of Sassari