Paulo Correia, Professor of IST and a researcher from the Multimedia Signal Processing group of IT in Lisbon, has been selected to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the IET Biometrics journal, along with Professor Xudong Jiang (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). They will serve for the period of 2020-2022.
Biometric recognition, a field with increasingly available practical applications, is the automated recognition of individuals based on their behavior and biological characteristics. “For instance, a recent report by Cisco recognizes that "Users expect their online experience to be always available and always secure—and their personal and business assets to be safe”. Part of the security problem can be alleviated by using biometrics for authentication”, explains Paulo Correia. Another report, by Accenture, emphasizes that “Biometrics is emerging as the bedrock of keeping consumers’ financial transactions and data secure while ensuring a compelling user experience.”, and that “Leading banks are already working with biometrics.”
Examples of the pervasiveness of biometric recognition usage include employee access control to facilities, or the unlocking of smartphones and computers, where fingerprint and facial recognition are routinely used, but also to provide an additional layer of security for online transactions. “For instance, Portugal is now adopting a facial recognition solution (with liveness detection), for its mobile digital key platform, to authenticate online users interacting with government services. Biometric recognition solutions also have to be prepared for attacks, with the detection of fake images and videos playing an important role in the deployment of improved liveness detection solutions”, says Paulo Correia.
This nomination represents a recognition of the contributions of Paulo Correia to the Biometrics research community. “The expectation is that IET Biometrics can stimulate research in the above (and other) topics and provide a timely dissemination of advances in the field”, he concludes