Signature Verification Competition

On- and Offline Skilled Forgeries

in conjunction with 10th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR), July 26-29, 2009, Barcelona, Spain

The Netherlands Forensic Institute, located in The Hague, is in search for a signature verification system that can be implemented in forensic casework and research. Read more...

The objective of this competition is to allow researchers and practitioners from academia and industries to compare their performance in signature verification on a new unpublished forensic-like data set. Genuine signatures and skilled forgeries were collected while writing on a paper attached to a digitizing tablet. The collected signature data are available in an on- and offline format. Participants can choose to compete on the online data or offline data only, or one can choose to combine both data.

Participants of both academia and industry are invited to enter the competition. Organizers of this event will not participate in the competition. Participants can participate anonymous and/or they can choose to be anonymous in publications.

Participants can register via the Upload Site or email to the organizers and chair, Elisa van den Heuvel ( to join the competition. Read more...

Download PDF version of the call for participation.

Important Dates

January.20,.2009Training set available
March 9, 2009Deadline for submitting verification tool
ICDAR 2009Presentation of performance in a special session

Latest News

January 20, 2009
the competition site is up and the signature data are available.

February 24, 2009
the readme of the evaluation dataset is available on the dataset page.

March 2, 2009
the instructions for uploading your verification tool and readme will be sent by email today