Establishment of two new Biometrics Awards
IAPR Young Biometrics Investigator Award
IAPR Senior Biometrics Investigator Award
Biometrics is becoming an area of increasing interest to the Pattern Recognition research community. Evidence of this interest is the large number of conferences and other events which are currently organized and sponsored by IAPR and/or by its Technical Committee 4 on Biometrics (TC4). Moreover, there is a rapid growth in the number of organizations that are showing interest in deploying biometric technologies in different application scenarios. For this reason, IAPR TC4 has been very active in promoting biometrics in several scientific events and venues.
The 2012 edition of the TC4 flagship event, the International Conference on Biometrics (ICB), New Delhi, India, which is held every year, was an extremely successful event in terms of attendance, scientific quality and industrial support. As a result, ICB2012 generated a huge surplus of US $81,568 which has already been transferred to IAPR to establish two new biometrics awards to be named ˇ°IAPR Young Biometrics Investigator Awardˇ± (YBIA) and ˇ°IAPR Senior Biometrics Investigator Awardˇ± (SBIA).
The objectives and criteria of these two awards are similar to the IAPR JK Aggarwal award and the IAPR King-Sun Fu award, except that they will be given to outstanding scientists in the biometrics field. The two awards will be given out alternatively every other year, the YBIA in the odd years and the SBIA in the even years. The recipients of the awards will be announced at ICB or IJCB every year. At the conference, the winner will be asked to deliver a plenary talk.
The recipients of the awards will be recommended for nomination by a special selection committee, appointed by the TC4, and composed of three active members of the TC4. One of the committee members will be the most recent past recipient of the award. The awards will be then approved by the President of the IAPR.
Selection criteria and procedures
The recipient of the YBIA is expected to be a young scientist, under the age of 40 on the deadline date for nominations, who has made substantial contributions to the IAPR Biometrics community and whose research work has had a major impact in biometrics. The prize consists of a cash amount and a suitably inscribed certificate.
The SBIA will be conferred to a living person in recognition of his outstanding lifelong technical contribution to the field of biometrics and whose research work has had a major impact on the field. The prize consists of a cash amount and a suitably inscribed certificate.