European Association for Biometrics founded
02 December 2011 13:45 GMT

EAB founded

The European Association for Biometrics announced its official formation during an inaugural meeting on 17 November 2011.

The founding members represent 14 institutions from 10 different European countries. The group will be chaired by Alexander Nouak from the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD.

The EAB will have its legal base in The Netherlands, and is set up as a a non-profit organization seeking to advance the proper and beneficial use of biometrics in Europe and abroad, taking into account the interests of European citizens, industries, academia and operators, including governments.

Nouak said: "This association is a consequential step from all the joint efforts of Europe’s key stakeholders in biometrics during the last 10 years in creating a broad and sustainable network in the area of biometrics and helps us to strengthen the European biometrics community."

The EAB has as its primary areas of interest in the following areas:

  • Communication and community building
  • Training and education
  • Research and programme development

The EAB is a direct spin off from the BEST Network, a European Commission funded thematic network on biometrics.