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Title and Abstract:

Biometrics and e-ID in EU-funded Projects  

Recent years have seen increased usage of biometric verification systems in many applications. Public and commercial organizations invest on secure electronic authentication (e-authentication) systems to reliably verify identity of individuals. Biometrics is one of the rapidly emerging technologies for e-authentication systems. It offers several advantages (i.e. no need to remember your password, user friendly and convenient, cannot be shared, unique characteristics of individuals) over the traditional password based authentication systems. However, it is impossible to discuss biometrics without security and privacy issues. Biometrics, which are stored in a smart card or a central database, is under security and privacy risks due to increased number of attacks against identity management systems in recent years. Biometric template protection methods offer low error rates and fast verification at the authentication stage. However, they suffer from several attacks reported in the literature. These schemes should be improved in order to be safely used in a wide range of real life applications.

In this talk, first, security and privacy issues of biometrics will be addressed. Common biometric template protection methods will be introduced. In the second part, EU-funded projects in biometrics will be introduced. The activities in FP7 BEAT (Biometrics Evaluation and Testing) project as well as upcoming FP7 INGRESS (Innovative Technology for Fingerprint Live Scanners) will be mentioned. In last part, FP7 e-SENS (Electronic Simple European Networked Services) which is the biggest integration project funded by European Commission will be introduced. The aim of the FP7 e-SENS project is to develop an infrastructure for interoperable public services in Europe. It will support the creation of a Digital Single Market by facilitating the delivery and usage of electronic public services.

Short biography of the speaker:

Dr. Çağatay KARABAT is a project manager at the Advanced Technologies Research Institute of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) in Kocaeli, Turkey.

He received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Istanbul University, Istanbul in 2005. He got his M.S. degree in Electronics Engineering & Computer Science in 2007 from Sabanci University, Istanbul. He completed his Ph.D. studies in Electronics Engineering at Sabanci University under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hakan Erdoğan between 2007 and 2013. His research focus was biometric hashing, privacy and security in biometrics, and e-ID. Since 2007, he has been with TUBITAK BILGEM UEKAE, where he is the project manager of several large scale EU-funded projects in the areas of biometrics, privacy, security and e-ID.