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A center for biometric excellence

The Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing offers unmatched opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between industry and academia in Europe and worldwide, in the domain of biometric security.

As part of Idiap Research Institute, the Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing is a center for biometric excellence established to advance biometric security technologies, mainly by facilitating collaboration between industry and academia. Its core missions are:

  • Idiap Reseach Instituteto carry out high quality research
  • to train talented engineers and researchers
  • to foster technology transfer from academia to industry
  • to propose evaluation and testing services in the domain of biometric security.

Being split between partners (active researchers) and affiliates (industry partners), the center ensures an environment of mutual benefit. While the partners create research proposals for funding consideration according to the affiliates' needs, the affiliates fund and drive the research carried out among the partners.

This structure helps industry partners to gain unparalleled access to cutting-edge researchers and their expertise and supports researchers to acquire the opportunity to bid for funding from driven and relevant organisations. Through this multidisciplinary environment, it is expected that organisations will enjoy a golden age of biometric development, leading to rapid improvements in current biometric technology and the realization of novel technologies.

The Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing is supported by:

The Canton of ValaisThe City of MartignyBeat Project



BTAS 2016 Speaker Anti-spoofing Competition

Propose countermeasure to protect an automatic speaker verification against spoofing attacks.
The Swiss Centre for Biometrics Research and Testing and the Biometric group at Idiap Research Institute organize the Speaker Anti-spoofing competition. The competition will be part of the IEEE 8th International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications, and Systems (BTAS 2016), which will be held on September 6-9, 2016 in Niagara Falls, Buffalo, New York (USA). For more details about the competition and on how to register, please click on the following link : BTAS 2016 Speaker Anti-spoofing Competition

Contact Info

Dr. Sébastien Marcel

Director of Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing

Idiap Research Institute
Centre du Parc Rue Marconi 19
PO Box 592 CH - 1920 Martigny Switzerland

T +41 27 721 77 11
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What is biometrics?
Biometrics is the science of measuring and analyzing biological characteristics of humans for authentication purposes. Offering a more convenient way to identify an individual than passwords or badges, biometric security systems such as e-passports are becoming increasingly common.
While research on biometrics focuses on the recognition aspect and strives to make progress in:
it also takes other related matters in hand, such as:
  • soft biometrics (eye color, height, tattoos, etc.),
  • age or gender estimation from biometric samples,
  • facial expression recognition,
  • spoofing and anti-spoofing,
  • encryption of biometric data and template protection.
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