Robustness, Security and Regulation Aspects in Current Biometric Systems (RSRA-BS)

in Special Issue   Posted on August 13, 2017 

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Submission Deadline: Sat 30 Sep 2017
Journal Impact Factor : 3.255
Journal Name : Pattern Recognition Letters
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

Motivations and Topics:

Biometric systems consist in acquiring key physiological and/or behavioural features of humans, and use them for the automatic identification or verification of identity claims for physical protection. The urge for protection of sensitive infrastructure is calling for robust and secure biometric systems. In the first case, robustness is achieved by tolerating and dealing with the noise in the feature acquisition without affecting the correct outcome. This is achieved by investigating the number of false positive and false negative that noised feature acquisition causes and by proposing proper tolerance method to reduce such numbers. In the second case, a series of attacks can be directed towards a biometric system in order to bring it in error and alter the obtained result, by augmenting the number of false positive or the one of false negative. Moreover, a biometric system holds a number of data upon which the identification is performed, which may be considered sensitive and should keep private by the system. Currently, a series of proposal are being investigated in order to rise the offered level of robustness and security within such systems by using innovative pattern recognition systems and/or using multiple classifiers paving the way to multi-modal or multi-criteria biometrics.

This is to respond to the more demanding market needs with respect to security and robustness by retaining high accuracy, scalability and usability. Last, recently a novel research topic is meeting greater attention and interest: when designing and deploying biometric systems it is important to consider the cultural, social and legal contexts of these systems. There is an increasing awareness of the social and legal aspects related to biometric systems, due to the fact that they are firmly tied to our physical bodies. There are considerable privacy concerns related to biometric systems:  the  legal  status  of  biometric  data,  the  storage  of  biometric  data,  compulsory  and  voluntary  issues  and  the  necessity  of  using  biometric  technology. Those concerns are calling out for legal regulations to discipline the use and design of biometric systems.

The aim of the special issue is to solicit novel contributions to the current debate of improving robustness, security and privacy of biometric systems, by also seeking manuscripts on the legal and societal aspect and regulations for those systems. The list of possible topics includes, but not limited to:

  • Robustness of the Biometric Systems and Its improvement
  • Regulatory and Legal Framework of Biometric Systems
  • Security and Trustworthiness of Biometric Systems
  • Privacy-enhancing biometrics
  • Biometric Systems for Security and Privacy
  • Pattern Recognition Innovations in Biometry
  • Novel biometric acquisition and storage
  • De-identification and Privacy in Soft Biometrics
  • Anti-Spoofing and Template Security

The proposed schedule is given below:

  • Submission period: September 1- 30, 2017
  • Author notification: November 30, 2017
  • Revised papers due: December 31, 2017
  • Final notification: January 31, 2018
  • Publication: April, 2018 (Tentative)

Submission Guideline

Prospective authors are invited to upload their manuscripts during the submission period. Papers should be prepared by adhering to the PRLetters guidelines at All the papers will be peer-reviewed following the Pattern Recognition Letters reviewing procedures.

When submitting their papers through the online system, Authors should select the acronym “SI: RSRA-BS” to make it clear that they are submitting to this SI.

Contributors will be informed that their papers should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. If the submissions are extended works of previously published papers, the original works should be included and a description of the changes that have been made should be provided.

Guest editors will make an initial determination of the suitability and scope of all submissions.

Managing Guest Editor:

Andrea F. Abate, University of Salerno, Italy (

Guest Editors:

Gian Luca Marcialis, University of Cagliari, Italy (

Norman Poh, University of Surrey, United Kingdom (

Carlo Sansone, University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy (

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