EAB Virtual Events Series – Demographic Fairness in Biometric Systems

EAB Virtual Events Series – Demographic Fairness in Biometric Systems

Algorithmic decision systems have frequently been labelled as “biased”, “racist”, “sexist”, “unfair” by numerous media outlets, organisations, and researchers. Are such assessments justified? Should citizens and policymakers be concerned? What is the current state of the research? How can variation across demographic groups be quantified in evaluations of such systems? These and other related matters have recently become a hot topic in the context of biometric technologies, which are ubiquitous in personal, commercial, and governmental applications. Biometrics represent an integral component of many surveillance, access control and operational identity management systems, thus directly or indirectly affecting billions of people all around the world.

The EAB organizes a series of virtual events with “Demographic fairness in biometric systems” as an overarching theme. The events will feature presentations by experts from academic, industry, and governmental organisations and will facilitate interactions and discussions between the experts and the audience.

The goal of the events is to raise awareness, define the problem and propose solutions and possible next steps.

A white paper will be published based on the outcomes of the virtual events.

Register for the events here!

Get a PDF version of this news release with additional information here.

Our confirmed speakers:

  • Aythami Morales – Universidad Autónoma Madrid (UAM)
  • Jacob A. Hasselgren – Maryland Test Facilities (MdTF)
  • John Howard – Maryland Test Facilities (MdTF)
  • Patrick Grother – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Tiago Pereira – IDIAP
  • Yevgeniy Sirotin – Maryland Test Facilities (MdTF)

Our confirmed panellists:

  • Irina Orssich – European Commission
  • Patrick Grother – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Pierre Gacon – IDEMIA
  • Ramon Blanco – eu-LISA
  • Silke Bargstädt-Franke – Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
  • Yevgeniy Sirotin – Maryland Test Facilities (MdTF)

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EAB Virtual Events Series – Demographic Fairness in Biometric Systems