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 University of Kent


The University of Kent (UNIKENT) is a traditional UK University with a strong research ethos across all Schools and subjects. The Intelligent Interactions Engineering Research Group has a wide range of competencies in the field of biometrics including the development of individual biometric modalities with particular expertise in signature, face and iris, multibiometrics, design for flexibility, the testing, evaluation and use of biometrics including accessibility issues, biometric technology standardisation and public education.

richard-guestDr Richard Guest is a reader in biometric systems engineering and Deputy Head of Engineering at UNIKENT. Richard is a Fellow of the British Computer Society. His research interests lie broadly within image processing and pattern recognition, specializing in biometric and forensic systems, particularly in the areas of image and behavioural information analysis, standardization and document processing. His research work has involved substantial interdisciplinary collaboration and has directly contributed to the development of implementation policy and international standardisation. He is a UK Principal Expert to ISO/IEC JCT1 SC37. His research has received funding from the UK EPSRC, EU, charities and industry. He is the Project Coordinator of AMBER.


farzin-deravi Professor Farzin Deravi obtained his first degree in Engineering and Economics from the University of Oxford in 1981 and his M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from Imperial College, University of London in 1982. From 1983 to 1987 he worked as a research assistant at the University of Wales, Swansea where he obtained his PhD and later joined the academic staff. In 1998 he joined UNIKENT where he is currently Professor of Information Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering and Digital Arts. He has chaired UNIKENT’s MSc programme in Information Security and Biometrics. He has supervised several PhD students to completion and acted as external examiner for research degrees both in UK and overseas. He is the Deputy Chair of the European Association for Biometrics and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.


 Annie Maingard is the project manager for AMBER and comes from a back ground in telecommunications. She has worked on previous EU funded projects at the University of Reading. Annie obtained her first degree in Zoology from the University of Reading, and subsequent MSC in Conservation from University College London. Annie has been in project management for over ten years and is an active member for the special interest groups within the Association of Project Managers.



Contact: Dr Richard Guest

 Università degli Studi Roma TRE


Founded in 1992, the Università degli Studi Roma TRE (UNIROMA3) combines a modern and efficient study centre and a series of important scientific laboratories. Investments in PhDs and researchers have been steadily increasing. The Biometric Systems and Multimedia Forensics Laboratory founded by Prof. Patrizio Campisi is involved in numerous European projects and it is a partner of AMBER.

partrizio-campisiProfessor Patrizio Campisi is Full Professor at the Section of Applied Electronics, Dept. of Engineering at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Roma, Italy. His research interests are in the area of secure multimedia communications. Specifically, he has been working on secure biometric recognition, image deconvolution, image analysis, stereo image and video processing, blind equalization of data signals, and secure communications. He has been the General Chair of the seventh IEEE Workshop on Information Forensics and Security”, WIFS 2015, November 2015, Rome, Italy and General Chair of the 12th ACM Workshop on Multimedia and Security, September 2010 Rome, Italy. He is the editor of the book “Security and Privacy in Biometrics”, SPRINGER, July 2013, and co-editor of the book “Blind Image Deconvolution: theory and applications”, CRC press, May 2007, and of “High Dynamic Range Video, Concepts, Technologies and Applications”, Academic Press, 2016. He is currently Director of Student Services for the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Contact: Professor Patrizio Campisi

Dr Emanuele Maiorana received the Laurea Degree cumlaude in Electronics Engineering from Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy, in May 2004, and in April 2009 he earned the Ph.D. degree with European Doctorate Label. Since December 2010 he works as a research engineer at the Department of Engineering of Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy.
He was the recipient of the Lockheed Martin Best Paper Award for the Poster Track at the IEEE Biometric Symposium 2007, and of the Honeywell Student Best Paper Award at the IEEE Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems conference 2008.
He was a visiting researcher at the “Universidad Autonoma de Madrid”, in 2007 and 2008, at the “Universidad de Vigo”, in 2010, at the “University of Warwick”, in 2012, at the “Ecole Polytechnique de Nantes”, in 2013, at the “University of Twente”, in 2013, and at the “University of Salzburg”, in 2015.
He was involved in several national and international (FP7, H2020, etc.) research projects.
His research interests are in the area of digital signal and image processing with applications to multimedia communications and security of telecommunication systems. Specifically, he has been working on biometric recognition and protection of biometric templates, high dynamic range images imaging and watermarking, synthesis of video textures, and stereo image analysis and enhancement.

Contact: Dr Emanuele Maiorana


 Warsaw University of Technology


Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) is the largest technical university in Poland, with more than 30 thousand students enrolled and 2000 professors. The Biometrics and Machine Learning Group (BaML), created in 2001 by Professor Andrzej Pacut in the Institute of Control and Computation Engineering at the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology, will be directly involved in AMBER.

Professor Andrzej Pacut received his MSc in Electronics in 1969, PhD in 1979 and DSc in 2000 (all from the WUT). He was awarded a Full Professor title by the President of Poland in 2011. Since 1969 he has been with WUT. He has held Visiting Professor positions at Brown University, USA and Oregon State University, USA. Adviser of six completed PhD dissertations (four awarded with honours) and five pending PhD dissertations. Adviser of numerous MSc/BEng theses in biometrics, machine learning, pattern recognition and modelling.

Contact: Professor Andrzej Pacut 


 Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg


Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (OVGU) was founded in 1993. The Multimedia and Security Research Group, part of the Department for Technical & Operational Information Systems with in Faculty of Computer Science, has undertaken a range of national and international research projects in the areas of biometric technologies, forensics, cryptography and watermarking and steganography.

Professor Dr Claus Vielhauer received both MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Technical University Darmstadt. Besides his activities as senior researcher at OVGU, he has been appointed as full professor for IT Security at Brandenburg University in 2007. At both institutions, he has advised and supervised several PhDs to completion, in past and ongoing PhD by research projects. Further, he has served as examiner in several external European PhD student examinations and supervised and/or examined more than 90 MSc/BSc Theses. Teaching activities focus on Biometrics, Security and Forensic related courses at MSc/BSc level.

Professor Dr Jana Dittmann received her MSc. in Business Computer Sciences, and her PhD in Computer Sciences from Technical University Darmstadt. Since her appointment as full professor for IT Security at OVGU in 2002, she has supervised more than 10 PhDs and more than 50 MScs to completion. Furthermore, she has acted as external examiner in more than five PhD exams in various European Universities and succeeded in implementing a co-operative PhD programme with a partner University. She has established a Bachelor Profile in “Forensic Design” at her faculty.

Dr Christian Krätzer received a M.Sc. and a PhD in Computer Science from OVGU in 2005 and 2013 respectively. In his intention to pursue the post-doctoral qualification at the level of habilitation as part of his senior researcher position, he is currently advising one PhD project within a co-operative PhD by research programme. Additionally, he has supervised more than 40 MSc. and B.Sc. theses and has been appointed reviewer/examiner in many cases.

Contact: Professor Dr Claus Vielhauer


 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (U3CM) is one of the most prestigious technical universities in Spain. Research and Training at Carlos III University of Madrid has always been two of the basic pillars of the University’s activities, both to improve teaching and to generate new knowledge and new lines of research. Within UC3M the University Group for Identification Technologies (GUTI) has a great experience in Smart Cards, Biometrics and Match-on-Card Technology and Security Infrastructures.

raul-sanchez-reilloProfessor Raul Sanchez-Reillo graduated in Telecommunication Engineering by the Polytechnic University of Madrid, obtaining his PhD at the same University in 2000, based on Biometric Authentication in Smart Cards. From 1994 he has been researching at the University Group for Identification Technologies, managing the group since 2000. He has supervised four PhDs to completion (three of them under International cooperation) alongside around 10 MSc and 80 undergraduate research projects.



judith-liuDr. Judith Liu-Jimenez obtained her degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 2004 at Polythecnic University of Madrid. She has been working since 2004 at University Carlos III of Madrid, where she obtained her PhD on Electronics in 2010.  Her work in focused on Biometrics and hardware/software codesign, specifically in Iris Biometrics. She has participated in several National and European funded projects, working in ID management, evaluation and anti-spoofing mechanisms.