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Matteo Ferrara

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-INF/05 Information Processing Systems

Curriculum vitae

Matteo Ferrara is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (DISI) of the University of Bologna. His research interests are in the areas of Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision, Image Processing and Machine Learning.

He received his bachelor's degree cum laude in Computer Science from the University of Bologna in 2004, his Master's degree cum laude in 2005 and his Ph.D. in 2009.

He teaches Deep Learning, Computer Vision and Computer Architectures at University of Bologna, Cesena.

Most of his applied research is in the field of Biometric Systems (fingerprint recognition, performance evaluation of biometric systems, fingerprint scanner quality, face recognition, palmprint recognition and template protection). He is member of the Biometric System Laboratory (BioLab), which is internationally known for its research and publications in the field.

Matteo Ferrara (together with other BioLab members):

  • (2006) organized the International Competition for Fingerprint Verification Algorithms FVC2006. FVC databases are nowadays the most widely adopted benchmark for fingerprint recognition;
  • (2009) launched FVC-onGoing a web-based automated evaluation system for fingerprint recognition algorithms with more than 1000 registered participants and 5000 submitted algorithms;
  • (2010) proposed Minutia Cylinder-Code (MCC), a recognized state-of-the-art fingerprint comparison algorithm capable of performing more than 70 million comparisons per second on a single PC (CPU+GPU);
  • (2014) first demonstrated the feasibility of enrolling double-identity face biometrics in electronic documents (morphing attack);
  • (2017) first demonstrated the feasibility of fool fingerprint recognition systems by enrolling double-identity fingerprint biometrics;
  • (2018) proposed the first technique (Face Demorphing) to detect face morphing attacks.
  • (2021) was awarded with the 1st prize at the international competition "Track 3A: Continual Learning-Supervised Classification" organised in conjunction with the International Conference on Computer Vision 2021.

He is author of several scientific papers and he took part to national and European research projects. He served as referee for international conferences and journals such as IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. Moreover, he holds a patent on Fingerprint Recognition.

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