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Demographic Fairness in Biometric Systems

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The 1st edition of EAB’s virtual events series will take place in March 2021 and has “Demographic fairness in biometric systems” as an overarching theme. EAB’s signature FREE online seminar will kick off the event series on March 9, 2021 and two conference days will follow in the weeks after, on March 15, 2021 and March 30, 2021.

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 event aims to create awareness about the topic, a common ground and next steps. World leading experts will provide insights from current research and the latest developments across the community.

The event is aimed at a wide range of stakeholders including industrial and governmental developers, end-users of biometric systems, researchers, academics and post-graduate students, and policy makers.

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.

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

This edition is organised by the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) in cooperation with Hochschule Darmstadt and Fraunhofer IGD.

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