The University of Kent is a traditional UK University with a strong research ethos across all Schools and subjects. The School of Engineering was established in 1968 and has an enviable track record of delivering world-leading internationally recognised research, as evidenced in successive submissions to UK's University Research Assessment Exercise programme.
Both the University and the School have extensive experience in leading and participating in collaborative research and have participated in numerous EU Framework and INTERREG projects in recent years. Combined with other sources of international, national and industrial funding, the School currently has research funding of more than £4M.
The University is strongly committed to EU projects, and supports a dedicated EU research administrative team. Members of the widely-respected Image and Information Engineering Research Group (IIE) are well placed to contribute to this proposal, exploiting their expertise and experience in biometrics, usability, image analysis and high performance classifier design.
The Image and Information Engineering Research Group has a wide range of competencies in the field of biometrics including the development of individual biometric modalities with particular expertise in in signature, face and iris, multibiometrics – both multimodal systems and muliclassifier approaches, design for flexibility, the development of novel classification mechanisms, the testing, evaluation and use of biometrics including accessibility issues, novel template protection and revocability schemes and biometric technology standardisation and public education.
We have a state-of-theart biometrics lab including hardware and technical software to support leading edge research and development (including biometric data capture and analysis).