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BVAEG Workshop 31.3.14

BVAEG Workshop | 31 March 2014 | 1.00-4.00pm | Gaithersburg, USA

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be hosting a workshop of the Biometrics Institute Vulnerability Assessment Group (BVAEG) in Gaithersburg, MD, USA.
The event will be held alongside the International Biometric Performance Testing Conference 2014 (IBPC 2014).

The Biometrics Institute established the Biometrics Vulnerability Assessment Expert Group (BVAEG) in 2010 which consist of government experts and academics from around the world. The Group recognised that there were several other organisations dealing with the same problem:

  • How can we discuss potential vulnerabilities in biometrics and how can we exchange and share our experiences when this topic is too sensitive to be talked about? 
  • How can we find a common methodology to reduce vulnerabilities and align it to international standards?
  • How can organisations be convinced that it is important to address potential vulnerabilities?

This workshop will discuss:

  • Roadmap of vulnerability assessments 
  • Updates from the BVAEG group members
  • Discussion session: What are current gaps ?
  • Discussion session: What are the differences between theoretical and real vulnerability assessments?

The BVAEG members presenting at the event include:

  • Tony Mansfield, National Physics Laboratory (NPL), UK (confirmed)
  • Ralph Breithaupt, Federal Office for Information Security (subject to final confirmation)
  • Sébastien Marcel, Head of Biometrics Group, Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland about the BEAT Project (confirmed in general)
  • Raul Sanchez-Reillo, University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) - Electronic Technology Department, Spain (confirmed)
  • Elaine Newton, NIST, USA and Lead Editor, Presentation Attack Detection, ISO/IEC 30107 (pending)
  • Tsutomu Matsumoto, Yokohama National University, Japan (pending)
  • Ted Dunstone, Head of Biometrics Institute BVAEG and CEO, Biometix, Australia (pending


Registration is free but a requirement for attendance. Simply email

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