Keynote speakers

Keynote Talk: Why is digital identity better with biometrics?
Dr. Norman Poh

Abstract: Biometric authentication has emerged as a powerful solution for enhancing digital identity management. In this talk, we explore why biometrics offer a superior alternative to traditional methods like passwords and one-time passwords (OTPs); and how biometrics can be used to improve identity and authentication assurance, as well as "binding" assurance, in accordance with popular digital identity guidelines such as NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-63,  UK digital identity and attributes trust framework, EU Digital Identity, and more. At the end of the talk, participants will appreciate and understand how identity theft, synthetic identity and account takeover can attack the various stages of a digital identity system; and how biometric cryptosystems can be used to effectively combat these attack points, from remote identity proofing to authentication processes. Some of the real-world challenges will also be highlighted, including but not limited to injection attacks, attacks based on generative AI and morphing, and presentation attacks, as well as forged and counterfeit identity documents.

Keynote Talk: The implications for forensic biometrics of the future ISO/IEC 21043 standard Forensic sciences
Prof. Didier Meuwly

Abstract: The future international standard ISO/IEC 21043 Forensic Sciences is currently at the stage of Draft International Standard. When adopted, it will be applicable to all the forensic disciplines, including forensic biometrics. The aim of this contribution is to present to the forensic biometric community the implications of the adoption of ISO/IEC 21043 for the forensic biometric discipline. The design of this standard relies on input from research and end-users to ensure that future forensic systems, services and products are safe, reliable and consistently perform as intended.

After an introduction (chapter 1) and a review of the existing international standards applied in forensic science (chapter 2), the 5 part structure of ISO/IEC 21043 is described in chapter 3. Chapter 4 discusses how the 5 parts of this standard (1. Terms and definitions, 2. Recovery, 3. Analysis, 4. Interpretation and 5. Reporting) will provide requirements and guidance, not only to the forensic biometric practice, but also to the research and development of future forensic biometric systems, services and products. The conclusion is that the adoption and use of ISO/IEC 21043 will make it easier for forensic biometric scientists to deliver and implement more relevant, more reliable and safer systems, services and product to forensic biometric practitioners.

BIO: Didier Meuwly graduated as a criminalist and criminologist and received his PhD at the School for Forensic Science (ESC) of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He currently shares his time between the Forensic Institute of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice (Netherlands Forensic Institute – NFI), where he is a principal scientist, and the University of Twente (UT), where he holds the chair of Forensic Biometrics from 2013 onwards. He specialises in the automation and validation of the probabilistic evaluation of forensic evidence, and more specifically biometric traces. From 2002 to 2004 he worked as a senior forensic scientist at the R & D department of the UK Forensic Science Service (FSS), then an executive agency of the UK Ministry of the Interior.

Didier has served as a criminalist in several international terrorist cases on request of the ICTY, STL, UN, UK and CH and has authored and coauthored more than 60 scientific publications and book chapters in the field of forensic science. Didier is an associate and guest editor of Forensic Science International (FSI), a member of the R&D standing committee for research and development of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) and is an member of the ISO Technical Committee 272 editing the first ISO/IEC 21043 standard forensic science standard. He is the recipient of the ENFSI distinguished forensic scientist award 2022.