ISBC 2015

1st International Workshop on Identification and Surveillance for Border Control (ISBC 2015)


Automated Border Control (ABC) at airports and land borders worldwide employ biometrics for identity recognition. This includes rhe use of electronic (e-) gates as well as registered traveller programmes such as Global Entry (US). Monitoring (surveillance) is also undertaken to a limited extent to ensure conformance (e.g. only one person at a time passes through an e-gate).

However, with increasing numbers of people and vehicles crossing borders every year there exists a strong demand for new ways of performing biometric recognition whereby throughput is increased, security is maintained or increased and all processing is performed in a legally and ethically compliant manner.

There also exists signicant potential to deploy advanced automated surveillance in ABC areas to enable border guards to perform enhanced risk assessment. For example, to detect attempts to spoof identity or evade identity checks altogether, or choosing a particular moment to enter the borders zone because the passenger believes that when increased numbers of travellers are passing through the identity checks will be less thorough. Automated monitoring may also be performed for border conformance checks and reporting and the detection of anomalous behaviour, as well as towards optimisation of traveller flow. While airports account for the majority of biometric deployments, there is increasingly interest from border guards to apply new and emerging biometric, as well as surveillance technologies, at land and sea borders.

Scope of the Workshop

This workshop proposes to bring together a wide range of researchers, practitioners, and industry of biometric and/or monitoring/surveillance technologies in ABC to share innovative ideas and solutions in biometrics and surveillance for ABC.

The focus of the workshop is four-fold:

  1. on exploring the application and evaluation of currently applied biometrics
    (including face, ngerprint, iris) as well as the potential application
    of emerging biometrics (e.g. nger vein, palm prints, ocular
    biometrics), stand-o, on-the-move and contactless modes for ABC;
  2. on exploring the application and potential of monitoring/surveillance
    for ABC;
  3. towards harmonisation and standardisation of biometric and monitoring/
    surveillance technologies for ABC;
  4. consideration of the legal and ethical issues surrounding the adoption
    of biometrics and surveillance monitoring in ABC and other border
    control situations.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Real world biometric and/or surveillance deployments/field trials at the border (air, land, sea)
  • Multibiometrics/multimodal biometrics for ABC
  • Counter spoong in biometrics for ABC
  • Emerging biometrics (e.g. nger vein, palm print, ocular biometrics, on-the-move identication/stando recognition) for ABC
  • Data fusion (biometrics; surveillance; biometrics+surveillance) in ABC
  • Automated (CCTV) monitoring and surveillance for ABC
  • People tracking in ABC
  • Event detection / anomaly detection / behaviour recognition / risk assessment for ABC
  • ABC biometric/surveillance datasets
  • Performance evaluation of biometric identication and/or surveillance in ABC
  • Privacy and ethical aspects and studies of biometrics/surveillance in ABC

ISBC2015 is sponsored by the EU project FastPass (A harmonized, modular reference system for all European automated border crossing points: ),


  • Prof. James Ferryman, Computational Vision Group, School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, UK.
    ( e-mail: )
  • Dr. Andreas Kriechbaum-Zabini, Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria.

Submission Deadlines (Extended!)

  • Deadline for submission of electronic paper: May 31, 2015   June 15, 2015
  • Notication of acceptance: June 21, 2015   June 22, 2015
  • Deadline for camera-ready version: June 29, 2015
  • Workshop in Karlsruhe: August 25, 2015

Paper Submission Guidelines

Submission guidelines and further information can be found on ISBC2015 website: