The 2nd Workshop on Demographic Variation in the Performance of Biometric Systems

Important Information

  • When: Sunday, March 1 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) in conjunction with WACV 2020
  • Venue: The Westin Snowmass Resort - Castle Peak Auditorium
  • Address: 100 Elbert Ln, Snowmass Village, CO
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Automation of biometric recognition has spurred its burgeoning use in the public sector with both commercial and government applications. With increasing deployments of the technology it is important to consider whether it performs equitably for all users. There is significant public interest in this issue, with a large number of recently published popular media articles regarding the topic of “bias” in biometric systems, special interest groups advocating for complete bans on the use of some biometric technologies because of these supposed biases, and congressional hearings into government uses of these technologies.

Despite the public interest, existing government and academic work in this area is largely disjoint. This workshop will provide a common forum for applied and academic researchers to communicate their perspectives and exchange ideas regarding how to measure and mitigate any demographic effects in biometric performance. The expected outcomes are to increase awareness of demographic effects as they pertain to deployed systems, to help establish a framework for understanding their ultimate causes, and to develop mitigations.

Workshop Schedule

The workshop will be held on March 1st at The Westin Snowmass Resort's Castle Peak Auditorium.

Workshop proceedings

The organizers will compile a list of notes from the workshop and make them publicly available, possibly in a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Biometrics, Behavior, and Identity Science (T-BIOM). Individual papers accepted for presentation at the workshop will be published as part of the WACV 2020 Workshop Proceedings and will be included in IEEE Xplore.

For information about WACV, please visit the main WACV 2020 Website.