CLOSED: Biometrics as-a-Service: Cloud-Based Technology, Systems, and Applications—Call for Papers


Submission deadline: CLOSED

Publication date: July/August 2018

While offering advanced access protocols may help protect cloud service users, experts have been advocating for biometric systems to be deployed in cloud services. This is partly due to the fact that biometric credentials are more difficult to steal and do not need to be remembered, making them suitable for on-the-move authentication, typical of the current mobile age. On the other hand, the remote storage of a biometric trait on the cloud is function creep-prone, i.e., the gradual widening of the use of a technology or system beyond the purpose for which it was originally intended. Legal and security issues related to the abuse and misuse of a biometric trait can hinder the widespread diffusion of such a practice.

The objective of this special issue is to solicit and publish the latest advances on this topic, from the technical, legal, professional, and ethical communities.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cloud-based architectures for biometric systems;
  • Cloud-based communication protocols for biometric systems;
  • Biometric security and privacy policy;
  • Ethical, legal, cultural, and regulation factors;
  • Biometric storage in the cloud;
  • Biometric access control of cloud data;
  • Mobile biometrics and cloud computing;
  • Liveness/spoofing detection for cloud applications;
  • Biometric cryptography;
  • Biometric encryption in cloud computing;
  • Biometric fusion in the cloud;
  • Smart spaces and ambient intelligence environments;
  • Biometric representation suitable for the

Important Dates

Paper submission due: November 1, 2017
First review notification: December 15, 2017
Revision submission: January 31, 2018
Second review notification: February 28, 2018
Acceptance notification: March 15, 2018

Special Issue Guest Editors

  • Silvio Barra, University of Cagliari
  • Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Michele Nappi, University of Salerno
  • Arcangelo Castiglione, University of Salerno
  • Fabio Narducci, University of Molise
  • Rajiv Ranjan, Newcastle University

Submission Information

Submissions should be 3,000 to 5,000 words long, with a maximum of 15 references, and should follow the magazine’s guidelines on style and presentation (see­‐review/magazines for full author guidelines). All submissions will be subject to single-blind, anonymous review in accordance with normal practice for scientific publications.

Authors should not assume that the audience will have specialized experience in a particular subfield. All accepted articles will be edited according to the IEEE Computer Society style guide (

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