This volume of Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences (LNCS) constitutes the final publication of the EU COST 2101 Action “Biometrics for Identity Documents and Smart Cards,” which has been successfully running during the years 2006-2010. One of the many valuable outputs of this initiative is the realization of a new scientific workshop series, dedicated to the project’s goals: the “European Workshop on Biometrics and Identity Management (BioID).” This series started in 2008 with the first workshop at Roskilde University, Denmark (BioID 2008) and continued with a second event, hosted by the Biometrics Recognition Group (ATVS) of the Escuela Polit´ecnica Superior, Universidad Aut´onoma de Madrid, Spain in 2009 (BioID MultiComm 2009). From the very beginning, the research papers of BioID workshops have been published as Springer LNCS volumes; vol. 5372 (2008) and vol. 5707 (2009).
Continuing the series, this present volume collects together the submitted research papers accepted for the Third European Workshop on Biometrics and Identity Management (BioID 2011), taking place during March 8–10, 2011 at Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. The workshop Call for Papers was open to the entire research community and all submissions underwent a double-blind review process by the workshop Scientific Committee. Readers will see that the event attracted an interesting mix of papers, with the wideranging topic coverage which is to be expected from a field as diverse as that addressed by this workshop.
In addition to the peer-reviewed papers, two contributions were invited by the workshop Chairs. As this volume constitutes a final project output, it begins with an invited introductory paper by the COST 2101 Action Chair, summarizing the scientific experiences from the overall project and lessons learned from it. Secondly, the Action Chair contributes an invited paper in the domain of ageing face recognition.