[Elsnet-list] Fwd: [bbfor2] First call for papers is out for BTFS 2013

Henk van den Heuvel H.vandenHeuvel at let.ru.nl
Thu Apr 18 11:51:01 CEST 2013

BTFS 2013

Biometric Technologies in Forensic Science

BBfor2 conference for the interaction of biometric technology research
and forensic science

14-15 October 2013, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

First call for abstracts and full papers


In criminal investigations, legal authorities can find traces that can
help to identify people involved in criminal activity.  Examples of
traces are video footage from a security camera, a recording of a
threatening telephone call, or fingermarks left on the crime scene.
In the investigative part of the judicial process, the traces can be
used to find suspects of the crime, while later in court, the trace
can be put forward as evidence.  For both these forensic activities,
biometric technologies can be used to automate and objectivize the

Contrary to typical access control and authorization applications of
biometric technologies, the trace in the forensic situation is
characterized by an uncontrolled and low quality.  This typically
leads to a lower recognition performance of the biometric system and
hence a lower evidential value.  Ample well-controlled data is often
available for the development and performance validation of the basic
biometric classifier. However, the case-specific and privacy-sensitive
nature of criminal investigation puts limitations on the forensic
validation of these biometric technologies. Many applications in
biometric technology are designed to perform in the low-false-accept
range of the recognition system, but for presenting the weight of
evidence of a biometric comparison in court, a calibrated likelihood
ratio is required which is accurate over a wide range of priors.

This conference aims at presenting and discussing scientific research
undertaken to address any of the challenges set by forensic science
for aspects of biometric technology such as sample quality, available
data or calibration.  Relevant topics include, but are not necessarily
limited to

 - sample quality variability in speaker, face, fingermark and
palmprint recognition or other biometric technologies
 - biometric comparison by humans
 - quality measures for better discrimination and calibration performance
 - validation methods of biometric technologies in forensic science
 - privacy preserving encoding of biometric traces
 - Bayesian methods for evidence combination
 - calibration methods and properties of the likelihood ratio

The organizers welcome contributions that clearly show an interaction
between biometric technology and forensic science.


We seek both full papers (up to 8 pages excluding references) and
abstracts (one page, including references).  Full papers need to cover
original, unpublished research, or function as a new review,
introduction or opinion of a relevant topic.  Abstracts can also
concern work in progress and past published work, with the aim to
improve the interaction between the forensic science and biometric
technology communities.  For abstracts concerning past published work,
the precise references to the original publication should be

The program committee will make a selection for oral and poster
presentations among abstracts and full papers to ensure they meet the
scope of the conference, maintaining academic quality and interest.
Abstracts and papers should be submitted electronically, no later than
24 June 2013.  Please follow the guidelines that will be mentioned on
our website: http://www.bbfor2.net/BTFS2013.php .  During submission
authors will be able to indicate their preference for an oral or a
poster presentation.

All accepted papers and abstracts will remain available for download
through the website or other open electronic distribution methods, and
therefore non-exclusive copyright needs to be given to the
organisation of the conference.

Important dates

17 April 2013 Call for papers
1 May 2013 Paper submission open
24 June 2013 Paper submission deadline
7 Sep 2013 Notification of acceptance
15 Sep 2013 Final version paper upload
1 Oct 2013 Early registration closes
14-15 Oct 2013 BTFS 2013 Conference

Program Committee

Antti Lehmussola, National Bureau of Investigations, Finland
Carlos Vaquero, Agnitio, Spain
Daniel Ramos, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Denis Burnham, MARCS, Australia
Dominic Watt, University of York, UK
Hugo Van hamme, KU Leuven, Belgium
Josef Bigun, Halmstad University, Sweden
Judith Dijk, TNO, The Netherlands
Julian Fierrez, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Lou Boves, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Luuk Spreeuwers, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Luis Buera, Agnitio, Spain
Manuel Günther, Idiap, Switzerland
Mitchell McLaren, SRI, USA
Paul Foulkes, University of York, UK
Peter French, Peter French Associates, UK
Phil Harrison, Peter French Associates, UK
Pietro Laface, Politechnico di Torino, Italy
Raymond Veldhuis, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Rahim Saeidi, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Roy Wallace, Australia
Sébastien Marcel, Idiap, Switzerland
Yosef Solewicz, Israel National Police, Israel

Organizing Committee

Henk van den Heuvel
Miranti Mandasari
Rahim Saeidi
Hella Jooren

On behalf on all people involved in BTFS 2013,

David van Leeuwen (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Didier Meuwly (Netherlands Forensic Institute)
Raymond Veldhuis (University of Twente)

Program Chairs BFTS 2013

Henk van den Heuvel
Radboud University Nijmegen
Erasmusplein 1
NL-6525 HT Nijmegen
Tel   : +31 24 3611686
Fax  : +31 24 3612907
e-mail: H.vandenHeuvel at let.ru.nl
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