The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Colloquium entitled:

Soft Biometrics: Traits and Applications


Speaker: Dr. Antitza Dantcheva
Affiliation: INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
Category: Colloquium
Location: Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Time: 15:30-16:30 EET
Host: Yiorgos Chrysanthou (

This talk will explore the role of biometric data in providing information that deviates from the traditional realm of identification, and rather involves other personal and statistical characteristics, such as age, gender, ethnicity, gait, body height, facial hair, makeup, anthropometric measures and accessories. These characteristics, commonly referred to as soft biometrics, can be powerful tools in many applications. This talk will offer an overview of such applications, and will discuss different related benefits such as the fast and enrolment free analysis. Finally the talk will highlight some state-of-the-art techniques.

Short Bio:
Antitza Dantcheva is a post-doctoral fellow at the STARS team, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France. Previously, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Michigan State University and the West Virginia University, USA. She received her PhD in Signal and Image Processing in 2011 from Eurecom / Telecom ParisTech in France. She was the recipient of the Best Presentation Award in ICME 2011, the Best Poster Award in ICB 2013 as well as the Tabula Rasa Spoofing Award in ICB 2013. Her research interests are in soft biometrics for security and commercial applications, where she has worked on retrieval of soft biometrics from images, as well as their corresponding analysis. Further work studies the impact of facial cosmetics on face recognition, and also on the compensation of such an impact. Her latest work studies automated facial emotion recognition for health monitoring applications. She was co-organizer of the ECCV12 workshop “What’s in a Face?” and has served as reviewer for IEEE TPAMI, IEEE TIFS and IEEE TCSVT and many technical program committees.

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