A Proposal for structured activities in biometric identity authentication
This paper details an expression of interest (EoI) in the area of “biometric identity authentication”. This EoI was submitted in response to an invitation made by the EC as part of its preparation of the Sixth Framework Programme. The work in this area is to be supported by a proposed network of excellence (NoE). This will be formed by regrouping the critical mass of expertise required to promote Europe as a leading force in the field. The paper discusses the main objectives of work in this area, and proposes an approach to achieving these. The appropriateness of European-wide activities in the field of biometrics is justified, and a discussion on the availability of the expertise and resources for achieving the objectives is presented. Finally, it is shown that the proposed network of excellence can significantly facilitate progress in the field through an appropriate integration of research activities in Europe.