Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

AI Seminar

Biometric template protection and biometric privacy (first half) + Brief introduction to other ML research projects (second half)

Berrin Yanikoglu

Sabanci University, Turkey
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
4:00pm - 5:15pm
3725 BBB

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About the Event

As the use of biometric technologies increases, so does privacy worries about the misuse of biometrics (fingerprints etc.) stored in central databases. In the first half of the talk, I will introduce the biometric privacy problem and present some proposed template protection mechanisms from the literature. In particular, I will talk about our suggestion for layering multiple biometrics of an individual (e.g. two fingerprints or a fingerprint and a voice pass-phrase) in one multi-biometric template. The method makes it infeasible to separate the raw biometric data and difficult to link multiple biometric databases, to track an individual.

In the second half, I will talk about some of my other research projects very briefly so as to present my background better for potential collaborations during my sabbatical stay at University of Michigan. This part will include work on plant identification from photographs and identifying visual words using text and taxonomy, and an optimization for Error-Correcting Output Codes.


Berrin Yanikoglu received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College, USA in 1993. After working on handwriting recognition and document understanding problems, at Xerox Imaging Systems and IBM Almaden Research Center, she has joined Sabanci University, Turkey in 2000 where she is currently a full professor. Dr. Yanikoglu’s research interests lies in the areas of pattern recognition and machine learning with applications to image understanding and text analytics. She has received first/second place positions in several international signature verification competitions and plant identification campaigns along with her students and colleagues.

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Sponsor(s): CSE

Open to: Public