Name:           Antitza Dantcheva
Nationality:   Austrian
Address:       Sophia Antipolis, France

Research interests: soft biometrics, biometrics, big data, assisted living, health monitoring, video surveillance, human identification, facial aesthetics, database search pruning, telecommunications, human computer interaction and usability.

Awards and honors

•    ANR Jeunes chercheuses / Jeunes chercheurs (JCJC) personal grant, November 2017 -           October 2020
•    Best Paper Award (Runner Up) IEEE International Conference on Identity, Security and                   Behavior Analysis (ISBA 2017)
•    Laboratory of Excellence (Labex UCN@Sophia) Fellowship, March 2016 - February 2017
•    Marie Curie Fellowship under the ERCIM "Alain Bensoussan" Programme 2014-2015
•    Best Poster Award IAPR International Conference on Biometrics (ICB 2013)
•    Best Tabula Rasa Spoofing Attack Award 2013
•    IBM Best presentation Award IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME           2011)
•    Doctoral Consortium International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB 2011)
•    Qualcomm travel grant for IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo(ICME 2011)
•    Travel grant for International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB 2011)


March 2014 – present
Postdoctoral Fellow at INRIA (Marie Curie and Labex Fellowships), France under François Brémond

January 2013 – February 2014

Postdoctoral Fellow at MSU (Michigan State University), USA under Arun Ross

January 2012 – December 2012
Postdoctoral Fellow at WVU (West Virginia University), USA under Arun Ross

June 2008 – December 2011
Ph.D. at EURECOM  and Telecom ParisTech, France under Jean-Luc Dugelay

February 2006 – May 2008
Researcher at FTW, Austria

October 1999 – April 2007   
MSc in EE – Telecommunication Engineering at TU Wien, Austria

September 1994 – June 1999       
College certificate (with honors) at Technical College for Telecommunication Engineering, Austria

Further working experience includes positions at Siemens VDO, Austria; Flextronics International, Austria and Althofen Electronics, Austria.

Technical and organizing committees

Program Chair of the International Conference of the Biometrics Special Interest Group (BIOSIG 2017, BIOSIG 2018)
Editorial Board of Journal Multimedia Tools and Applications
Technical Activities Committee of IEEE Biometrics Council 2018 - 2021
Education Committee of the IEEE Biometrics Council  2014 - 2017
Publications Co-chair: FG 2019
Media Co-chair: BTAS 2013
Co-Organizer: ECCV 2012 Workshop “What’s in a Face?”, Workshop “mobile TV” at FTW 2007
Session chair: VISAPP 2014, ECCV 2012 Workshop “What’s in a Face?”, SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing: Biometric Technology for Human Identification IX
TPC and Reviewer: EUSIPCO 2018, ICPR 2018, IJCB 2014, 2017, IEEE BTAS 2012-2016, IAPR ICB 2016, IEEE ChaLearn Looking at People 2016, Workshop on affective interaction with virtual assistants within the healthcare context, CIBEC 2012; ICCV 2013, BIAPR ICB 2013, EUSIPCO 2010, IEEE EUVIP 2011, HST 2011, IEEE TPAMI, IEEE TIFS, IEEE TCSVT

Invited Talks

  • A. Dantcheva, J.-L. Dugelay. “L'histoire de la biométrie : d'Alphonse Bertillon à l'iPhone X”, Cafe TECHNO, Sophia Antipolis, January 2018 - see abstract here
  • A. Dantcheva. “New Advances in Soft Biometrics”, Biometrics Congress, London, UK, November 2017
  • A. Dantcheva. “Can a smile reveal your gender?”, Journee de la Biometrie 2017, Caen, France, July 2017
  • A. Dantcheva. “Soft Biometrics: Applications in Security, Beauty Estimation and Healthcare”, SBA, Vienna, Austria, July 2015
  • A. Dantcheva. “Soft Biometrics. Traits and Applications”, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, April 2015
  • A. Dantcheva. “Faces and Cosmetics: Analyzing the Impact of Facial Cosmetics on Face Recognition”, INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France, September 2013
  • A. Dantcheva. “Facial Soft Biometrics”, West Virginia University, USA, September 2011
  • A. Dantcheva. “Person recognition using a bag of soft biometrics (BoSB)”, Workshop on 3D and 2D face analysis and recognition, Lyon, France, January 2011

Teaching Activities

  • TA for “Pattern Recognition” West Virginia University, Spring 2012
  • TA for “Image for security applications watermarking, biometrics and video surveillance” EURECOM, 2008-2011
  • TA for “Image and video compression and processing” EURECOM, 2008-2011
  • Supervision of master student projects at EURECOM and West Virginia University

Research Projects

  • Project Investigator (PI) of the project ANR JCJC “ENVISION. Computer Vision for Automated Holistic Analysis of Humans” (Project duration: November 2017 - October 2020)
  • Project Investigator (PI) of the joint research project INRIA - CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) “FER4HM. Facial expression recognition with application in health monitoring” (Project duration: November 2017 - October 2020)
  • Project Investigator (PI) of the project Labex “Big Data and Biometrics”  (Project duration: 2016-2017)
  • Project Investigator (PI) of the project ERCIM ABCDE Project n°246016 of the European Commission “Facial Analysis for Health Monitoring”  (Project duration: 2014-2015)
  • Project Investigator (PI) of the project  “Impact of Cosmetics on the Performance and Security of Face Recognition” Funded by CITeR (Center for Identification Technology Research) (Project duration: July 2012 – June 2013)
  • Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) of the project “Fusing Biometric and Biographic Information in Identification Systems” Arun Ross (MSU), Antitza Dantcheva (MSU), Anil K. Jain (MSU), Don Adjeroh (WVU), Bojan Cukic (WVU) Funded by CITeR (Center for Identification Technology Research) (Project duration: Winter 2013 – Winter 2014)
  • Participant of the “ACTIBIO – Unobtrusive Authentication using Activity Related and Soft BIOmetrics” European Commisision under FP7-215372 (Project duration: March 2008 – March 2011)

Supervision of research activities

Current PostDoc supervision:
  • Abhijit Das
  • S L Happy
Current Ph.D. supervision:
  • Yaohui Wang