BBfor2 is an acronym for Bayesian Biometrics for Forensics. With the availability of more advanced biometric technologies the work of forensic sciences is expected to change dramatically in the future. A new elite of researchers will be necessary to work in the fields of investigation and in legal cases in the various European forensic institutes, who will be specialized in extracting and interpreting evidence from biometric traces. Training such an elite group of researchers is the primary goal of the Bayesian Biometrics For Forensics Initial Training Network. We intend to achieve that goal by recruiting a number of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in various biometrics labs and providing them with a training programme that will both address the fundamental biometric detection technologies issues and the typical forensic usage and requirements of these biometrics.
The training of ESRs will be realized in a number of ways. Firstly, there is the research carried out at the home institution, where a supervisor oversees the day-to-day activities. Secondly, the ESR is interacting with other Network participants from industry and academia along two "research dimensions" where each dimension extends over multiple sites. Thirdly, the ESR will work at guest institutions during 3-6 months secondments. Finally, the ESRs will participate in summer schools and workshops organized by the various network partners throughout the course of the Initial Training Network BBfor2. The Network will conduct research in the core biometric detection areas of speaker, fingerprint and face recognition. The working experience in forensic research environments will educate the ESRs to become experts in the aforementioned biometrics modalities, with the application of forensic research in mind. The multi-disciplinary training makes the ESRs very employable in forensic sciences and governmental bodies such as law enforcement institutions, as well as research and development departments of industry.
BBfor2 is funded by the EC as a Marie-Curie ITN-project (FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008) under Grant Agreement number 238803.
Project duration: 1-1-2010 / 1-1-2014
Project budget: 3.2 M EUR
Number of person/years: 468 person/months