Prof. Dr. Marta Gomez-Barrero

has been Professor for Machine Learning at the Department of Computer Science since October 2023.

Marta Gomez-Barrero studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) in Spain. She obtained her PhD at UAM's Department of Electronics and Communications Technology, focusing on security and privacy aspects of biometric recognition systems. After graduating, she moved to the National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity (ATHENE) – Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany for her postdoctoral research between 2016 and 2020. From 2020 on, she was Professor for IT-Security and Technical Data Privacy at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences.

The main focus of Prof. Gomez-Barrero's research has been linked to biometric recognition since 2010. Biometrics represent a key application of machine learning technologies within IT-security, in order to establish a reliable link between a subject and their identity. As any other technology, biometric systems are not free from attacks or data leakage incidents. Thus, in addition to knowledge in machine learning and pattern recognition, cryptography is a core asset to obtain privacy-friendly authentication systems. Furthermore, tackling bias and achieving transparency are two relevant goals for the biometrics community. In this context, Prof. Gomez-Barrero's research has been funded by both national (MINECO, DFG) and international (EU and US IARPA) projects, resulting in approx. 100 technical publications with research colleagues from fifteen different countries.

In an effort to stay at the top of the state of the art and transfer her knowledge to her students, Prof. Gomez-Barrero is involved in numerous international initiatives. To name a few, she is general chair of the international BIOSIG conference, Co-Chair of the European Association for Biometrics Academic SIG, 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. She also represents the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) in ISO/IEC SC37 JTC1 SC37 on biometrics, and is affiliated with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).


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