Biometrics in Smart Cities: Techniques and Applications (BI_SCI) Call for Papers

Call for Papers
Pattern Recognition Letters Journal (Elsevier)
Virtual Special Issue 
Biometrics in Smart Cities: Techniques and Applications (BI_SCI)

In memoriam professor Alfredo Petrosino

Smart Cities aim at improving the daily life of the citizens, by
upgrading the services in terms of mobility, communications and power
efficiency. Also, by measuring and acquiring the habits of a specific
subject, it is meant to offer specific user-oriented services. In this
scenario, biometric recognition covers a privileged role. Researchers
worldwide agree with the fact that biometric credentials are difficult
to be stolen and do not need to be remembered, so making them suitable
for on-the-move authentication or video surveillance applications in
smart cities environments.  In order to be compliant with requirements
of a really smart scenario, biometric recognition must be
non-intrusive and transparent to the user, being also able to acquire
data and information in ”in-the-wild” environment, thus
providing a natural tool to customize the surrounding environment to
user needs and attitudes.  Strong biometric traits like fingerprint or
palmprint may work a in very limited range of possible
applications. Conversely, contactless biometric traits, and more in
particular soft biometrics, still represent an unexplored field of
research in this sense.  The ever-increasing number of surveillance
cameras everywhere and the unrestrainable growth in usage of wearable
devices implies the number of facial images and video available will
grow exponentially. These conditions pose the premises for a wide
range of application fields dealing with tracking and pose estimation
of people for gait and gender recognition, person re-identification in
adverse and crowded scenes, biometric data fusion to improve
recognition accuracy and so on. Recent deep neural network models have
shown a significant improvement on still images and video sequences in
these areas, but a wide set of open problems persists and to which
solutions still have not been clearly defined.

The objective of this virtual special issue is to solicit and publish
the latest advances on this topic which includes, but are not limited
to, the following:

	** Contactless biometric recognition suitable for smart environments;
	** Face recognition in the wild;
	** Pose estimation and gait recognition;
	** Person re-identification in surveillance;
	** Voice recognition;
	** Liveness/Spoofing Detection for biometric attacks;
	** Continuous biometric authentication approaches;
	** Cloud-based biometrics databases;
	** Biometric Access Control to cloud services;
	** Biometric Systems for Cloud-based Architectures;
	** Mobile Biometrics and Cloud Computing;
	** Cloud-based Communication Protocols for Biometric Systems;
	** Biometric-based customized content presentation;
	** Biometric Security in smart environments.
	** Bio signal Security
	** Bio signal Steganography
	** Data Hiding

First submission paper due: April 26 – May 20, 2020
First review notification: July 1st, 2020
Revision submission: July 31st, 2020
Second review notification: September 1st, 2020
Final notice of acceptance/rejection: October 1st, 2020

Paper submissions must conform to the Pattern Recognition Letters
format guidelines Manuscripts can have no more than 7 pages (plus one
page after revision) and must be submitted to the online submission
system. When submitting their papers through the online system,
authors must select the acronym ”VSI:BI_SCI” as the article

Submissions to the special issue must include new, unpublished,
original research. Papers must be original and have not been published
or submitted elsewhere.

If the submissions are extended works of previously published papers,
the original works should be included and a description of the changes
that have been made should be provided.

Guest editors will make an initial determination of the suitability
and scope of all submissions.

For inquiries regarding the special issue, send an email to the
managing guest editor at:


    Michele Nappi, University of Salerno (Italy)
    Silvio Barra, University of Napoli, Federico II (Italy)
    Aniello Castiglione, University of Naples Parthenope (Italy)
    Fabio Narducci, University of Salerno (Italy)
    Vijayakumar Pandi, University college of Engineering (India)