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Privacy Enhancing Technologies for Biometric Data 2016

What: A day dedicated to enhancing privacy for biometric data

Biometric data is being used today in the computer security industry more than ever, and the reliance on it will only increase. Facial recognition for user's authentication and key derivation from biometric features have become a common and widespread technology. At the same time, the privacy of this information lags behind. This problem is highlighted by the simple fact that biometric traits (unlike passwords or tokens) are harder to replace, and are considered very personal.

Following the success of last year's workshop (site available here), we will hold the "Privacy Enhancing Technologies for Biometric Data 2016" workshop this year as well. The workshop is dedicated to research in privacy enhancing technologies for biometric data. We will present the state of the art results concerning privacy in the context of biometric data and discuss the what technology can do to improve the state of biometric data's privacy. The day will contain a few lectures, as well as a panel for discussions, and should serve as a meeting point for parties interested in the topic.

When: Sunday, 17.1.16

The date was chosen such that if you attend TTC 2016(a), you could extend your stay in Israel a bit, to participate. If you happen to be attending the Bar-Ilan Winter School - you may also be interested in visiting us.

Where: Education Building, Room 570, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

The day will take place at the Caesarea Rothschild Institute facilities - Room 570 of the education building in the University of Haifa. For the university's map click here.

Car access will be granted to registered participants (though parking is not guaranteed).

Accessing the university using public transportation is easy given the abundance of bus routes that reach it. Important bus routes:

  • From the Hof Hacarmel train station (Haifa's southest train station) - 46 or 146 go direct. If in a hurry, grab any bus that goes to Horev Center (11,29,123,132,133), and change in Horev center (please note that 29 is the best option for the changing, as you change buses with no need to change stations).
  • From Lev Hamifratz train station (Haifa's first station coming from the north): buses 141, 143, or 146.
  • From Horev center: buses 24,30,36,37,37a,137,46,146,224, or 237.
For the complete list of buses, please consult this list or buses information.

Registration Information

Registration is free to all. To register, please fill in the form at here.


The program is as follows:
9:00-9:25     Gathering & Coffee
9:25-9:30     Welcome and opening remarks
9:30-10:15     Dan Feldman (University of Haifa, Israel): Private Core-Sets for Face Identification (Slides)
10:15-11:00     Mahmood Sharif (CMU, USA): Biometric Authentication and Key-Derivation: Closing the Gap between Theory and Practice (Slides Video)
11:00-11:30     Coffee Break
11:30-12:15     Stuart Gibson (University of Kent, UK): Interactive evolutionary generation of facial composites for locating suspects in criminal investigations (Slides)
12:15-13:15     Lunch break (provided for registered participants)
13:15-14:00     Niva Elkin-Koren (University of Haifa, Israel): Lost in Translation: Rethinking the Legal Protection of Privacy in Biometric Data (Slides)
14:00-14:45     Kobbi Nissim (Ben-Gurion University, Israel and Harvard, USA): Do computer science definitions of privacy satisfy legal definitions of privacy? The case of FERPA and differential privacy (Slides)
14:45-15:15     Coffee break
15:15-16:00     Julien Bringer (Morpho, France): Better know your limits and adversaries: A practical view on various template protection and key binding schemes (Slides)
16:00-17:00     Panel: The Future of Privacy for Biometric Data:
  • Niva Elkin-Koren (University of Haifa, Israel)
  • Julio Hernandez-Castro (University of Kent, UK)
  • Kobbi Nissim (Ben-Gurion University, Israel and Harvard, USA)
  • Rita Osadchy (University of Haifa, Israel)
Moderator: Orr Dunkelman (University of Haifa, Israel)


The university can help in booking accommodations in Haifa's hotels with a special price. Workshop attendees who require accommodations should contact Ms. Friedlander at the University (email address: dfridl1 (at-sign) univ (dot) haifa (dot) ac (dot) il).


The day is organized by Rita Osadchy and Orr Dunkelman.

The generous support of the Caesarea Rothschild Institute is highly appreciated, as well as the help offered by the Technion's Center for Computer Engineering.

Last update: Sun., 14/Feb. 2016, 23:30 IST