Winter School on Security and Privacy Issues in Biometrics, January 7 - 12, 2017, Abu Dhabi

Publish Date: Sep 19, 2016

Deadline: Dec 31, 2016


IEEE Winter School on Security and Privacy Issues in Biometrics (WSB2017) is established to address the foundation and the attack models associated with the different biometric systems in the field. The school is co-organized by the Center for Cyber Security in New York University Abu Dhabi, and International Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE).


The workshop will take place on the January 8 to 12, 2017, in Abu Dhabi UAE. The audience will enjoy five intensive days in practical exposure from lead experts in biometric research and industry. The winter school intends to serve this purpose by enlisting prominent researchers in the field of biometrics security and privacy to offer lectures, tutorials, workshops, students rump sessions, keynote speakers on diverse topics. The main goal of this winter school is to create a research platform for biometric researchers that construct the basic foundations of different biometric systems, assess and verify the security level associated systems by introducing a certain number of attacks on these systems.

Important Dates

Registration Early Bird - September 30, 2016 – November 1, 2016
Standard Registration - November 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Winter School - January 8-12, 2017

Scholarship Application Deadline: October 16, 2016
A number of scholarships are available for students and researchers from academic and research institutions in Africa and Asia.

How Scholarships Work

Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis.
Pre-selection decisions will be sent via email to applicants within approximately 7-14 days of receipt of your completed application.
Please note: Scholarship funds may be exhausted before the close of applications on October 1, 2016. Participation in any module is subject to space availability and seating for each module is limited.

Visa Requirement

Scholarship of pre-selected applicants who require a visa to enter the UAE is subject to obtaining a visa with the assistance of NYUAD’S Travel Agent.

Note: Applicants are responsible for providing all necessary documents to the Travel Agent. NYUAD is not resposible for the outcome of the visa application.

Participants awarded scholarships must register via the registration link within seven days of final scholarship award notification.

Application Requirements and Submission

1. A Cover Letter including the following:

Name, current occupation, email, and mailing address (including country)
Undergraduate and graduate and majors (including in-progress)
Requested modules (up to 2)
A short statement outlining why you wish to attend your chosen modules, and how they relate to your work/research.

2. Curriculum Vitae

Include list of publications, presentations, Honors/Awards, relevant experience and advisor name, email address, and contact details.

3. Advisor Recommendation

Your advisor can either be an academic or research advisor, or a work supervisor, as long as your relationship with this person is related to your education and/or research. We require the advisor’s recommendation to be submitted directly from the advisor, separate from the application. Your application will not be considered complete until we receive all documents.

Please email all required documentation to the following
Nasir Memon (
Hoda A. ALkhzaimi (
Manoranjan Mohanty (
You should receive confirmation of receipt of your application within 48 hours of submission.


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Registration Fees

Early Bird: Until 1st November 2016
Standard Registration: From 1st November until 31st December 2016


Early Bird
US$ 600 **
Standard Registration
US$ 750 **


Early Bird US$ 600 **
Standard Registration US$ 750 **


Light Registration for a day US$ 500
Early Bird US$ 1,000
Standard US$ 1,500
Standard VIP US$ 2,000 ***

* Registration fee is non-refundable.

** With accommodation, boarding

*** Registrations includes one dinner reception and access to workshop resources


NYUAD is based in Abu Dhabi, the capital and second most populous city of UAE, and one of the cosmopolitan city in the Middle Eastern region Abu Dhabi is almost equidistant from Asia and Africa, two continents where only a few SPS schools have been organized. To the best of our knowledge, an SPS school has never been organized in the Middle Eastern region.

NYUAD is a research-intensive university part of NYU’s global network university. NYUAD campus is spread across 425,000 gross square meters in the Saadiyat Island of Abu Dhabi. This residential campus possesses world-class infrastructure including academic buildings, a library, sport facilities, laboratories, and a modern conference center. We intend to organize the winter school in this conference center. The conference centre comprises a 300-seat lecture hall, a 180-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, and an entrance lobby that provides informal breakout areas for delegate interaction and discussion.

Abu Dhabi is home to nationals of more than 150 countries, and is a multinational and diverse society. Here, January is the coolest month with an average temperature around 13 degrees. In this month, many tourists visit Abu Dhabi to enjoy majestic sandy beaches and the Arabic culture.


Accommodations are provided for registered members on the campus of NYUAD in the cultural district of UAE, which is Saadiyat Island. Attendees to WSSPiB-NYUAD-2017 who wish to have a discounted accommodation rate should contact the organizers of the event for case-by-case consideration based on availability.

Accommodation will be provided. The accommodation fee is part of the registration fee. Those who want to arrange their own accommodation can choose to stay in the city center. Accommodation cost in the city center can greatly vary depending on the hotel and location.

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