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US Conference 2020

24 March-25 March


Plus: 23 March 2020 – Good Practice Framework consultative workshop click here

In the last 12 months we have seen a contrast emerge between the apparent acceptance of the ubiquitous use of biometrics in the private sector and public concerns regarding the use of the technology for security, identification and e-government services in the public sector. Public opinion has played a big role in influencing policy directions. In parts of the US, there has been a strong regulatory response to limit the public use of biometrics. In comparison, user take-up of a broad range of private sector systems is high, and often unrelated to the quality of assurances regarding privacy and data protection policies provided.

We are delighted to have Patrick Grother to speak at this conference. Patrick is the biometric standards and testing lead from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is the author of the December 2019 report on bias and will be speaking on bias in biometrics and demographic differentials. He will be joined by John Howard from The Maryland Test Facility.

Our annual US Conference follows on from our recent Biometrics Institute Congress in London and the member meeting we held in DC in September.  Through a series of keynotes, conversations and panel discussions, the event will focus on:

  • Technology challenges
  • Regulation
  • Privacy
  • Data security
  • Data sharing
  • Use cases and challenges
  • The business of biometrics
  • Spoofing and morphing

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Patrick Grother, Biometric Standards and Testing Lead and author of the December 2019 report on biasNational Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
  • Shonnie Lyon, Director, Office of Biometrics Identity Management (OBIM), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USA

  • John Howard, Data Scientist, The Maryland Test Facility, USA
  • Frank Torres, Senior Policy Director, Microsoft, USA
  • Amanda Koulousias, Staff Attorney, Division of Privacy & Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission, USA
  • P. Jonathon Phillips, Electronic Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
  • Jean-Philippe Morange, Senior Legal Officer, United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED)

  • Kris Ranganath, Director, Solutions and Technology, NEC Corporation of America, USA

  • Daniel Bachenheimer, Director, Biometrics Institute
  • Roger Baldwin, Advisory Group Member, Biometrics Institute
  • Jeffrey Neuburger, Member of Privacy Expert Group (PEG), Biometrics Institute
  • Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, Speech, Privacy and Technology Program, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), USA
  • Richard Agostinelli, Advisory Council Member, Biometrics Institute
  • Mark R. Koumans, Deputy Director, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USA

  • Thirimachos Bourlai, Associate Professor, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, USA
  • Arun Vemury, Director, Biometric and Identity Technology Center, U.S. Department of Homeland   Security, Science and Technology Directorate, USA
  • Clare Garvie, Senior Associate, Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown University, USA
  • Mei Ngan, Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
  • Michael King, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Cyber Security, Florida Institute of Technology’s Harris Institute for Assured Information – Identity Lab, USA

Participation is from US government, industry, our international network, our supplier community, academics and privacy advisers. 

Platinum Sponsor:

23 March 2020: CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP: Navigating the Biometrics Institute Good Practice Framework*

Time to roll up your sleeves and apply biometrics good practice to operational scenarios!

The Biometrics Institute Good Practice Framework* is a first-of-its-kind good practice tool for biometrics. It outlines the stages of the strategic planning, procurement and operation of a biometric system and helps you navigate a pathway through the factors that may influence your application.

A first draft was presented to members at the Biometrics Institute Congress in London in October and at events in Australia and New Zealand. Now, attached to our first three events of 2020 we are offering you, our members, an exclusive preview of the revised framework at a series of workshops.

This is your chance to gain access to the as yet unreleased framework, test it with real scenarios and get the chance to shape its development.

These are members-only events and are free to attend. Places are limited to 50 attendees so register now to secure your place.

* working title 

The event will be held under Chatham House Rule and will be off-the-record (no media) to facilitate open dialogue between our members and stakeholders.

Further information on all three days will be released shortly.

If you would like more information, have comments for the agenda or have an interest in sponsorship, please email michelle@biometricsinstitute.org.


Mary Gates Learning Center
701 North Fairfax Street
VA 22314


User Member: USD 500
User Non Member: USD 700
Supplier Member: USD 700
Supplier Non Member: USD 1400

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24 March
25 March
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Washington DC
VA United States