Privacy Enhancing Technologies for Biometric Data 2016

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    Date(s) - 17/01/2016
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    University of Haifa

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    A day dedicated to enhancing privacy for biometric data

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    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.

    The date – 17/1/2016 – 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.


    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 or 146.
    • From Horev center: buses 24,30,36,37,37a,46, or 146.

    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
    10:15-11:00       Mahmood Sharif (CMU, USA)
      Biometric Authentication and Key-Derivation: Closing the Gap between Theory and Practice
    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
    12:15-13:15       Lunch break (provided for registered participants)
    13:15-14:00       Niva Elkin-Koren (University of Haifa): 
      Lost in Translation: Rethinking the Legal Protection of Privacy in Biometric Data
    14:00-14:45       Kobbi Nissim (Ben-Guriun University, Israel and Harvard, USA)
      Do computer science definitions of privacy satisfy legal definitions of privacy? The case of FERPA and differential   privacy
    14:45-15:15       Coffee break
    15:15-16:00       Julien Bringer (Morpho, France): TBD
    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-Guriun 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.