Marta Gomez-Barrero

Full Professor

Universität der Bundeswehr Mühnchen


I am Full Professor for machine learning at the Universität der Bundeswehr München since 2023, head of the BioML: Biometrics and Machine Learning research group, and I am also affiliated with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Before that I was a Research Professor at the Hochschule Ansbach. Between 2016 and 2020, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity (ATHENE) - Hochschule Darmstadt. I received my MSc degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics (2011), and my PhD degree in Electrical Engineering (2016) from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain.

I am general chair of the BIOSIG conference and have served for several conferences (e.g., IJCB, IWBF, EUSIPCO, ICASSP, WIFS) and journals (e.g., IEEE TIFS, IEEE TPAMI, IEEE TBIOM, IET BMT, Elsevier PR). Further, I am Deputy Chair of the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) , Chair of the BIOSIG special interest group of the Geselllschaft für Informatik (GI), associate editor for the EURASIP Journals on Information Security and on Image and Video Processing, Member of the IARP TC4 Conference Committee, the IEEE Biometrics Council Security and Privacy Technical Committee, and the IEEE Information and Forensics Technical Committee, and represent the German Institute for Standardisation (DIN) in ISO/IEC SC37 JTC1 SC37 on biometrics. I have also been involved in several international research project (ANR-DFG RESPECT; EU SOTAMD, BEAT, and TABULA RASA; IARPA BATL).


  • Biometrics
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Machine Learning & Deep Learning
  • Explainable AI
  • Security and Privacy Evaluation of Biometric Systems (BTP, PAD)


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, 2016

    Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

  • MPhil in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, 2013

    Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

  • MSc in Computer Science, 2011

    Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

  • MSc in Mathematics, 2011

    Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain



Full Professor on machine learning

Universität der Bundeswehr München

Oct 2023 – Present Germany

Professor on IT-Security and technical data privacy

Hochschule Ansbach

Mar 2020 – Sep 2023 Germany

Affiliated Researcher

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Jun 2016 – Present Norway

PostDoc Researcher

da/sec research group, Hochschule Darmstadt, ATHENE

Jun 2016 – Mar 2020 Germany

Doctoral Researcher

ATVS research group, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Oct 2012 – Jun 2016 Spain

Research Assistant

ATVS research group, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Sep 2010 – Sep 2012 Spain


PhD Student for Privacy-Preserving Biometric Recognition

  • PhD Position on biometric template protection
  • Goal: develop new algorithms to increase privacy protection within biometric recognition systems, based on the state of the art of both biometric recognition (e.g., deep learning architectures) and modern cryptography (post-quantum cryptography, differential learning)
  • Where: newly established Research Group “Biometrics & Machine Learning” (BioML) of the Research Institute “Cyber Defence und Smart Data” CODE (www.unibw.de/bioml-en)


Committees, Working Groups & Associations

  • Deputy Chair of the European Association for Biometrics (EAB)
  • Co-Chair of the EAB Academia Special Interest Group (until 2023)
  • Member of DIN e.V. – German Standardisation Institute: ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 37 – Biometrics
  • Member of the IAPR TC4: Technical Committee on Biometrics, International Association for Pattern Recognition
  • Member of the IEEE Biometrics Council Security and Privacy Technical Committee
  • Member of the IEEE Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee (2023-2025)
  • Member of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) and Chair of the BIOSIG Special Interest Group

Conference Chair

  • General Chair IEEE BIOSIG Conference (since 2020)
  • General Chair IEEE WIFS 2023
  • Program Chair IJCB 2024
  • Publication Chair IJCB 2023
  • Tutorial Chair IJCB 2022
  • Area Chair IJCB 2022
  • Sponsor Chair WACV 2021 & 2022
  • Publication Chair IWBF 2020
  • Special Session Chair EUSIPCO 2018

Editorial Boards

  • Associated Editor Elsevier Image and Vision Computing Journal
  • Associated Editor EURASIP Journal on Information Security
  • Associated Editor EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing

Special Issue Editor

  • Pattern Recognition: SI on Masked Face Recognition and Touchless Biometrics at the time of COVID-19
  • IET Biometrics: BIOSIG 2022 SI on Transparent, Unbiased and Reliable Methods for Person Authentication
  • IET Biometrics: BIOSIG 2021 SI on Efficient, Reliable, and Privacy-Friendly Biometrics
  • IET Biometrics: BIOSIG 2020 SI on Trustworthiness of Person Authentication
  • Datenschutz und Datensiherheit: Biometrie - Sicherheits- und DS-Konzepte (Eng. Biometrics - Security and data privacy aspects)

Program Committee Member


Journal Reviewer

Among others: Elsevier Information Fusion, IEEE Trans. on Cybernetics, IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security, Elsevier Pattern Recognition, IEEE Access, Elsevier Expert Systems with Applications, MDPI AG Sensors, IET Biometrics, EURASIP Journal on Information Security


Universität der Bundeswehr München

  • Biometric Recognition
  • Deep Learning for IT-Security
  • Privacy Preserving Machine Learning

Vietnamese German Univeristy

Biometric Systems

Hochschule Ansbach

  • Einführung in die IT-Sicherheit (Eng. Introduction to IT-Security)
  • Kryptographie (Eng. Cryptography)
  • Technische und organisatorische Datenschutzmaßnahmen (Eng. Technical and organisatorial privacy measures)
  • Privacy Engineering
  • Biometric Recognition
  • Deep Learning
  • Security and Privacy with Noisy Data

Hochschule Darmstadt

IT-Sicherheit (Eng. IT-Security)




2017-2020 US IARPA Project


2012-2016 EU FP7 Program


2019-2024 DFG-ANR Project


2019-2020 EU Internal Security Fund – Borders and Visa.


2011-2014 EU FP7 Program

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Evaluation of Biometric Template Protection Schemes

Keynote on evaluation of Biometric Template Protection Schemes

Biometric Information Protection

Keynote on biometric information protection

Encryption for dummies

Lunch talk on the basics of cryptographic tools

Biometrics - Security and Privacy

Lecture on security and privacy aspects of biometric systems at the Cybercrime and Forensic Computing DFG-Graduiertenkolleg

Biometrie - Herausforderungen für Sicherheit und Datenschutz

Presentation on security and privacy aspects of biometric systems

Recent Publications

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Biometrics in the Era of COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities

Fingerprint presentation attack detection based on local features encoding for unknown attacks


Local Feature Encoding for Unknown Presentation Attack Detection: An Analysis of Different Local Feature Descriptors


Best Paper Award at WIFS 2021

Contribution: M. Ibsen, L. J. Gonzalez-Soler, C. Rathgeb, P. Drozdowski, M. Gomez-Barrero, and C. Busch, ‘‘Differential Anomaly Detection for Facial Images’’

Best Paper Award at Odyssey 2018

Contribution: A. Nautsch, S. Isadskiy, J. Kolberg, M. Gomez-Barrero, and C. Busch, ‘‘Homomorphic Encryption for Speaker Recognition: Protection of Biometric Templates and Vendor Model Parameters’’

Best Ph.D. Thesis Award by Universidad Autonoma de Madrid 2015/16

European Biometrics Industry Award 2015

Contribution: Fully Unlinkable and Irreversible Template Protection Based on Bloom Filters

Best Paper Award at ICB 2015

Contribution: M. Gomez-Barrero, J. Galbally, J. Fierrez, J. Ortega-Garcia, and R. Plamondon, ‘‘Enhanced on-line signature verification based on skilled forgery detection using sigma-lognormal features’’

Archimedes Award for Young Researchers

Contribution: Stealing Identities: New Attack to a Multimodal Biometric System

Best Poster Award at ICB 2013

Contribution: M. Gomez-Barrero, J. Galbally, R. Plamondon, J. Fierrez, and J. Ortega-Garcia, ‘‘Variations of handwritten signatures with time: A sigma-lognormal analysis’’