Ángel Serrano, PhD, a member of FRAV, has given today a 3-hour workshop about face biometrics at the Secondary Learning Institute Federico García Lorca of Las Matas (Las Rozas, Madrid) . The attendants were a group of eleven 16-18-year-old students who participate in the Educative Enrichment Program for students with high capacities, within the western area of the Madrid Region. This Educative Enrichment program is carried out with the support of the Education Council of the Madrid Region, the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and the CEIM Foundation.

The workshop given by Dr Serrano is titled "Implementation of a webcam-based face biometrics system" and has consisted in the development, implementation and setup of an automatic face recognition and verification system. The process followed has begun with the acquisition of a face database with webcams, the later preprocessing and cropping of the acquired images, the use of dimensionality reduction algorithms by means of the Principal Component Analysis (PCA), the training of classifiers like Support Vector Machines (SVM) and the final computation of the optimal decision threshold for the minimization of verification errors.

From FRAV we would like to thank the invitation to give the workshop to Yolanda Toledano, coordinator of the program, and the teachers Esperanza Torrés and Mª Magdalena Hernán.