[Busec] Seminar this week: Wed 10am Fattaneh Bayatbabolghani on Secure Biometric Computation and Outsourcing

Leonid Reyzin reyzin at cs.bu.edu
Mon Sep 4 12:12:48 EDT 2017

I'm very excited to announce the first busec seminar of the semester by
Fattaneh Bayatbabolghani, on Wednesday at 10am, followed, as usual, by
lunch in the BUSec lounge.

Secure Biometric Computation and Outsourcing
Fattaneh Bayatbabolghani
Wednesday September 6, 2017, 10AM
BU Hariri Institute, Room MCS180
111 Cummington St, Boston MA 02215


Biometric computations are becoming increasingly popular, and their impact
in real world applications is undeniable. Because of the highly sensitive
nature of biometric
data, its protection is essential during biometric computations.

Based on the computations that need to be carried out and the type of
data, there is a need for application-specific privacy preserving solutions.
These solutions can be provided by developing secure biometric computations
a way that no intermediate information gets revealed during the protocol
execution. In some
biometric applications (e.g. verification and identification), data is
among different parties engaged in computations. In  other applications,
the execution of computations is bounded by the computational power of the
parties, motivating the use of cloud or external servers. In both these
cases, 1)
there is a higher risk for sensitive data to be disclosed, making secure
protocols a prominent need for such practical applications, 2) it is more
to develop novel and efficient solutions for these computational settings,
making the design of secure biometric protocols a research-worthy effort.

In this talk, Fattaneh focuses on three different biometric modalities
DNA, Fingerprint) which require various computational settings. The proposed
solutions consider the nature of computational setting (two-party and
settings) of biometric applications in practice and efficiently protect the
data during the computations. In addition, the secure protocols and building
blocks which will be presented are general and can be used for other
where the same data types and settings are used.

Fattaneh Bayatbabolghani is a recent Ph.D. graduate from Department of
Science and Engineering at University of Notre Dame. Her primary research
interest is designing general and efficient privacy-preserving solutions
motivated by real-world applications. During her Ph.D., she has been
novel, general, and efficient privacy-preserving solutions and protocols
can be used for different applications, but are specifically used for

BUsec Calendar:  http://www.bu.edu/cs/busec/
The busec seminar gratefully acknowledges the support of BU's Center for
Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS).
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