Presenters November 2020

Day I: 3 November 2020

Christoph Busch

Christoph Busch chairs the Norwegian Biometrics Lab (NBL) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. He holds a joint appointment at the Hochschule Darmstadt (HDA), Germany and, since 2007, he lectures biometric systems at the Technical University of Denmark. Christoph has coordinated series of projects for the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), including BioIS, BioFace, BioFinger, BioKeyS Pilot-DB, KBEinweg and NFIQ2.0, and contributed to 3D-Face, FIDELITY, TURBINE, ORIGINS, INGRESS, SOTAMD and others EU projects. He is also principal investigator at the German National Center for Applied Cybersecurity (ATHENE) and a co-founder of the European Association for Biometrics. Christoph has co-authored over 400 technical papers and spoken at numerous international conferences. He is associate editor for the IET Biometrics and IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security journals, chairs the TeleTrusT Biometrics Working Group and German standardisation body on biometrics, and is also convenor of WG3 in ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37.

Session I – Biometric Data Acquisition: Ensuring Data Quality at the Point of Capture

IDEMIA Identity & Security

IDEMIA is the leader in Augmented Identities in an increasingly digital world.

As a trusted partner to government agencies for more than 60 years, IDEMIA deep domain expertise is civil identity, public security, secure credentials and commercial markets for biometric identification and document authentication. These strengths, paired with our unparalleled relationships and pioneering approach to in-person identity resolution and proofing, make us the leading provider of best in-class solutions for civil and commercial transactions.

IN Groupe

As a partner of the French government for nearly 500 years, IN Groupe offers identity solutions and secure digital services at the cutting edge of technology, integrating electronics, optics and biometrics.

From components to services, including interoperable documents and systems, IN Groupe is present on a daily basis to make life easier for everyone. An expert in the management and protection of sensitive data, we develop a wide range of solutions capable of meeting the new challenges of the digital age.

Gatekeeper Security Inc

Gatekeeper is a leader in advanced intelligent optical inspection & recognition systems and is operating on the US and Mexican Borders, Government and Critical Infrastructure locations worldwide and at over 2,500 locations in 37 countries.

Headquartered outside Washington DC, it has offices in the EU, South America, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

In operation since 2004, Gatekeeper develops, designs and manufactures its own solutions and is fully ISO 9001:2015 and Bureau Veritas Certified.

secunet International GmbH & Co. KG

secunet is one of Europe’s leading providers of IT security solutions. Secunet’s Homeland Security division offers extensive expertise in sophisticated and sustainable border control solutions. These include for example high-performing, future-proof products for high quality capturing and processing of biometric data; stationary and automated border control; highly secure stationary and mobile workstations as well as for solutions for mobile identity checks and verification.


Vision-Box is a multinational technology company headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal, dedicated to improving the quality, convenience, efficiency and security in government services, travel, border control and all smart facilities. It does this through the superior design, development and implementation of integrated, user-centric, digital identity management solutions and services built upon trusted biometric tokens.
Vision-Box is a leading partner of airports, airlines, governments and private entities with critical security and identification challenges, supporting them to optimize the identification and flow of travellers.

Day II: 4 November 2020

Javier Galbally

Javier Galbally received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, in 2005, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, in 2009, where he was an Assistant Professor until 2012. In 2013, he joined the European Commission in DG Joint Research Centre, where he is currently a Scientific/Technical Officer. His research interests are mainly focused on the security and performance evaluation of biometric systems, pattern and biometric recognition. He is actively involved in different European projects dealing with biometrics and their use in large IT systems. He is the Chair of the EAB Research Projects Conference and has authored over 100 publications mainly focused on the biometrics field.

Session II – Ensuring Consistent Data Quality in Large-Scale IT Systems

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

IATA represents some 290 airlines in 120 countries. Carrying 82% of the world’s air traffic, IATA members include the world’s leading passenger and cargo airlines. Our mission is to represent, lead, and serve the airline industry.

IATA develops global standards and tools, offers financial services and industry solutions, drives transformation projects, creates partnerships…

IATA works with airlines, governments, industry associations and Strategic Partners towards an end-to-end passenger experience that is secure, seamless and efficient while lowering industry costs.

Basis Technology

Basis NLP / AI capabilities are used to verify identities, understand customers, anticipate world events, uncover crime. For over 20 years, Basis Technology has provided the underlying AI-powered, multilingual natural language processing components of Rosette that make these applications possible. Rosette delivers multilingual entity analytics (extraction, linking, sentiment, relationships, events), fuzzy name matching and translation, plus cross lingual semantic similarity which is key to find information that is relevant for an analyst or investigator.

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SITA Advanced Travel Solutions

SITA is the IT provider for the air transport industry, delivering solutions for airlines, airports, aircraft and governments. Our technology powers seamless, safe and sustainable air travel.

We provide the solutions that help more than 50 governments strike the balance of secure borders and seamless travel. Our solutions drive operational efficiencies at more than 1,000 airports. The SITA network connects the globe and bridges 60% of the air transport community’s data exchange.

SITA is 100% owned by the industry and driven by its needs.

Sopra Steria Benelux

Sopra Steria is a European leader in consulting, digital services and software development. Our motto is to build a positive future for all by leveraging digital technologies.

Sopra Steria is one of the main providers of IT services to eu-LISA, currently involved in the implementation of sBMS as well as the maintenance and operations of SIS II and Eurodac. Sopra Steria also delivers IT and business consulting services in the field of homeland security to numerous Member States.

Day III: 5 November 2020

Session III – Access to Data: Interoperability Architecture and Access to Information on the Ground


Unlike other NoSQL databases, Couchbase provides an enterprise-class, multicloud to edge database with capabilities required for business-critical applications on a highly scalable and available platform. 

Couchbase has become pervasive in our everyday lives; our customers include industry leaders Amadeus, American Express, Carrefour, Cisco, Comcast/Sky, Disney, eBay, LinkedIn, Marriott, Tesco, Tommy Hilfiger, United, Verizon, as well as hundreds of other household names. For more information, visit


everis, an NTT DATA company, is a multinational consulting firm that provides business, strategy, technology application development & maintenance and outsourcing solutions.

It was established in Spain in 1996 bringing to the market a new idea of consulting and an innovative business model. Nowadays, it has more than 27.000 highly qualified consultants’ worldwide providing services in the main sectors.

everis has supported eu-LISA with the project “CBS Unified Reporting Study” assessing the unification of the current CBS reporting solutions as a foundation of CRRS.


Thycotic is a global leader of IT security solutions that reduce organizations risk against cyber-attacks that use privileged accounts to strike at the core of the enterprise.

Our software solution protects privileged accounts, which have become a critical target of today’s cyber-attacks.  Privileged accounts are pervasive and act as the “keys to the IT kingdom,” providing complete access to, and control of, the IT infrastructure, core systems and applications, as well as critical business data.


Founded in 1996 in the Netherlands, WCC is a global leader providing advanced search & match software and consultancy. WCC combines domain knowledge and best-of-breed technology to deliver enterprise-grade software solutions for Public Security, Civil Identity, and Border Management.

WCC delivers advanced name matching capabilities & fuzzy matching of biographic data for the Visa Information System (VIS) established by the European Commission.

WCC has the know-how of using the new UMF standards as a data format and a data model to achieve interoperability.