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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Part C - Applications and Review
Special Issue on "Biometric Technology, Systems and Applications"

Biometrics is nowadays an important application area receiving continuously growing interest, due to the criticality and the social impact of the applications themselves. The increasing needs for security as well as medical diagnosis make biometrics more and more valuable world-wide, both as theory, technologies, design methodologies, and applications are concerned. This field is of growing interest both for the academy, the industry, the government, and the general public.

Biometrics is a narrow scientific and technological field which, however, is highly interdisciplinary since encompasses various aspects in different disciplines (e.g., physiology, biology, medicine, psychology, sociology, chemistry, physics, material sciences, computer science, computer engineering, electronics, system automation, telecommunications, and economics). Inter-disciplinary and synergetic interactions among disciplines are key aspects of this area. To create a biometric system various issues need to be studied in an integrated way: from sensing to measurement procedures, from signal analysis and interpretation to quality assessment, from feature extraction to classification and analysis, from knowledge creation to extraction, from algorithms to data structure, from computational complexity to system performance, from system engineering to software engineering, from privacy to social implications, and much more. Integration and cooperative combination are another key aspects if biometrics systems and applications.

This special issue is directed to collect original papers that address any aspect of the design, implementation and application of biometrics systems. Research areas of relevance to this issue would therefore include, but not be limited to, the following topics at system level:

  • Biometrics sensing systems
  • Multi-sensor multi-modal analysis, fusion and features extraction for biometrics systems applications
  • 3-D biometrics
  • Biometric liveness
  • Biometrics systems engineering
  • Networking biometrics systems and applications
  • Privacy, anonymity and security in biometrics systems
  • Biometrics, Public Key Infrastructure and Identity Base Encryption
  • Biometric knowledge systems
  • Integration and interoperability in biometrics systems
  • Adaptable biometrics systems
  • Reliability, availability and dependability of biometrics systems
  • Human factors in biometrics systems
  • Biometrics systems for security applications (e.g., authentication, surveillance, computer security, national defense, transportation)
  • Biometrics systems for secure applications (e.g., e-commerce, e-banking, e-government)
  • Biometrics systems for medical applications
  • Management and operations of biometrics systems
  • Social implications of biometrics systems


Authors are invited to submit original research contributions in PDF format the IEEE SMCC Submission System at Authors should put the following text in the Cover Letter to Editor-in-Chief section: "This manuscript is submitted for the Special Issue on Biometric Technology, Systems and Applications (editors: M. Nappi, V. Piuri, T. Tan, D. Zhang)". For detailed submission information, please refer to Information for Authors at Questions about the special issue should be directed to Prof. Vincenzo Piuri (


Submission deadline: November 30, 2012
Notification of first review: February 15, 2013
Revised submission deadline: March 30, 2013
Notification of the re-review: June 15, 2013
Minor revision deadline: July 15, 2013
Final recommendation: August 31, 2013
Final manuscript: September 20, 2013
Expected publication: late 2013 - beginning 2014


Michele Nappi, Università di Salerno, Italy
Vincenzo Piuri, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Tieniu Tan, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
David Zhang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

pdf version of the Call for papers