Anika Pflug

PhD in Information Security

Hi everyone, I'm a research fellow at Fraunhofer SIT in Darmstadt, Germany. Before, I was working in Norway, US and Germany as a research fellow on ear and face biometrics for recognizing suspects from CCTV footage.

It's nice to have you here on my web page, feel free to scroll down and learn more about my work.

  • mail@anikapflug.de
  • Twitter: @kiltami
  • Lives in: Rhein-Main Area, Germany


Anika Pflug
In my 30s
Working at Fraunhofer SIT
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PhD in Computer Science

Gjovik University College

2D/3D ear recognition for forensic identification
Keywords: Biometrics, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Clustering, Statistical Data Analysis (thesis, slides, trial lecture)

Master of Science

Hochschule Darmstadt

Master thesis on vein recognition
Scholarship for master thesis at Gjovik University College (Norway). Thesis was awarded with CAST Förderpreis 2011.

Bachelor of Science

Hochschule Darmstadt

Basic studies in computer science
Bachelor thesis was awarded with Preis des Fachereichs in winter term 2008/2008



Fraunhofer SIT from Aug 2015

Tasks: project management, teaching, security technologies for Big Data, Machine learning and clustering

Technologies: MS Office, SVN/GIT, Latex, C#, R

Research Assistant

Hochschule Darmstadt (CASED) Mar 2011 - Jul 2015

Tasks: internal project management, compose and give lectures, supervise interns and students, group infrastructure

Technologies: MATLAB, JavaEE, MS Office, SVN/GIT, Latex

Visiting Scholar

Michigan State University Oct 2012 - Feb 2013

Tasks: Unsupervised classificaction of ear images in forensics

Technologies: MATLAB, Clustering Techniques, Texture Features, Statistical Analysis of High-dimensional Spaces


Synerva GmbH Feb 2009 - Aug 2009

Tasks: Development of browser plugins and intranet webpages in Java and PhP

Technologies: PHP, C++, SQL

Student Worker

GSI (Center for Heavy Ion Research) Aug 2006 - Aug 2008

Tasks: Assitance with administration of print servers and preparation of bachelor thesis

Technologies: Python, C++, CUPS, Linux


Project Management

Knowledge: Planning, Budgeting, Coordination of small teams, Teaching
Tools: MS Office Suite, Latex

Machine Learning

Knowledge: Classification, Regression, Clustering
Tools: MATLAB, C++, C#, R

Graphics and Image Processing

Knowledge: Image Enhancement, Color spaces, Segmentation, Vector Graphics
Tools: MATLAB, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

IT Security

Knowledge: Anonymization, IT Forensics, Protocol validation, Usable Security
Tools: C++, Python


Accelerating Identity Retrieval
3D Imaging with Cellphones
pattern recognition
Processing of 3D Images
image processing
Project management in GES-3D
project management
Segmentation of Ears in Face profiles
The Impact of Image Quality
image quality metrics
Management of Group Infratructure
Media Design & Coaching of Students
Presentation techniques
Fusion of Texture and Depth Information
Pattern Recognition


WS 2016/2017
EWA (SPO 2007)

This lecture offers an introduction to scientific writing and is compulsory before you may hand in a topic for your Bachelor thesis.

To the lecture
WS 2016/2017
WAI 1 (SPO 2014)

This lecture offers an introduction to scientific writing in computer science, including a pain-free introduction to the basics of LaTex.

To the lecture
SS 2014
Introduction to Biometrics

This Overview of biomeric systems was held a part of the lecture "IT-Security" and is intended to briefly introduce the most important techniques in biometrics.

To the lecture


IET Biometrics

IET Biometrics

Christian Rathgeb, Anika Pflug, Johannes Wagner, Christoph Busch
Effects of Image Compression on Ear Biometrics

DFRWS 2016

Proc. of Digital Forensics Research Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland

Oren Halvani, Christian Winter, Anika Pflug
A Scalable Authorship Verification Method for Different Languages, Genres and Topics


Proc. of 2nd IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics, Gdynia, Poland

Christian Rathgeb, Anika Pflug, Johannes Wagner, Christoph Busch Binarization of Spectral Histogram Models: An Application to Efficient Biometric Identification

IJCB 2014

Intl. Joint Conference on Biometrics, Clearwater, FL, United States

Anika Pflug, Arun Ross, Christoph Busch 2D Ear Classification Based on Unsupervised Clustering

ICCST 2014

Proc. of International Carnahan Conference in Security Technology, Rome, Italy

Anika Pflug, Pascal N. Paul, Christoph Busch
A comparative Study on Texture and Surface Descriptors for Ear Biometrics

NordSec 2014

Proc. of Nordic Conference on Secure IT Systems, Tromso, Norway

Anika Pflug, Christoph Busch
Segmentation and Normalization of Human Ears using Cascaded Pose Regression

BiForD 2014

Proc. of Biometrics & Forensics & De-identification and Privacy Protection, Opatija, Croatia

Anika Pflug, Johannes Wagner, Chhristian Rathgeb, Christoph Busch
Impact of Severe Signal Degradation on Ear Recognition Performance

IWBF 2014

Proc. of 2nd International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics, Valletta, Malta

Johannes Wagner, Anika Pflug, Christian Rathgeb, Christoph Busch
Effects of Severe Signal Degradation on Ear Detection

HST 2013

Proc. of 13th Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security, Waltham, MA, USA

R. Raghavendra, Kiran B. Raja, Anika Pflug, Bian Yang, Christoph Busch
3D Face Reconstruction and Multimodal Person Identification from Video Captured Using a Smartphone Camera

ICB 2013

Proc. of International Conference on Biometrics, Madrid, Spain

Anika Pflug, Adrian Winterstein, Christoph Busch
Robust Localization of Ears by Feature Level Fusion in Image Domain and Context Information

ICCST 2012

Proc. of International Carnahan Conference in Security Technology, Boston, MA, United States

Anika Pflug, Philip M. Back, Christoph Busch
Towards making HCS Ear Detection Robust Against Rotation

IIH-MSP 2012

Proc. of International Conference on Information Hiding and Multmedia Signal Processing, Pireaus, Greece

Anika Pflug, Adrian Winterstein, Christoph Busch
Ear Detection in 3D Profile Images Based on Surface Curvature

Sicherheit 2012

Proc. GI Sicherheit 2012, Darmstadt, Germany

Daniel Hartung, Anika Pflug, Christoph Busch
Vein Pattern Recognition Using Chain Codes, Spatial Information and Skeleton Fusing

IET Biometrics

IET Biometrics, Vol. 1, No 2, pp. 114-126, June 2012

Anika Pflug, Christoph Busch
Ear Biometrics – A Survey of Detection, Feature Extraction and Recognition Methods

Information Security

Information Security Technical Report, Vol. 17, pp. 26-35, February 2012

Anika Pflug, Daniel Hartung, Christoph Busch
Feature Extraction from Vein Images using Spatial Information and Chain Codes