The EAB just welcomed its 100st member: the University of Twente from The Netherlands. Within only this first 1,5 year of its existence the EAB has proven to be the most rich and relevant network on biometrics and identity in Europe.
Through its associate professor Raymond Veldhuis an indirect relationship between the University of Twente and the EAB already existed, as Raymond Veldhuis is founding member of the EAB on his personal title. For this special occasion we have asked Raymond a few questions regarding the university’s recent membership.
Q: What is the main reason for the University Twente to become member of the EAB?
“The EAB offers a unique opportunity for our university to find connection with the European biometrics community. Biometrics is a fragmented area in various respects. The EAB is the single platform in Europe that provides the right means for bringing together the various relevant stakeholders.”
Q: In The Netherlands your department is the most relevant regarding research in biometrics. How do you think EAB membership will contribute to further expand your activities and reputation in this area?
“The EAB’s unparalleled asset is the brought representation of the main stakeholders from the field, being end users (governments, citizens), industry and academia. The EAB is the right organization to set up research projects, to find partners for specific projects and to influence on European R&D policy. A good example is the Academia Special Interest Group, that seeks to bring more coherence to work on biometrics R&D in Europe.”
Q: What would you like most to see happen in the EAB?
“I would be personally very happy if we can reduce the dividing lines between the various stakeholders and organizations with the purpose of creating a better mutual understanding of each others’ issues. Stimulating and establishing first class R&D would be my primary goal, preferably including the direct involvement and commitment of the European Commission and European governments. In other countries (like the U.S.) this direct involvement is paying off strongly. It has a strong synergistic effect for all parties. Just take vein patterns recognition, one of the most promising new biometric technologies: due to a lack of openness and cooperation significant European activities are not taking off. We have good hopes that the EAB will contribute to improve this situation.”
Raymond Veldhuis, Associated Professor, Chair of Signals and Systems at the Twente University, The Netherlands
Source: EAB Newsletter, Edition June 2013, page 4-5.