Heydi Méndez Vázquez
She has an intensive application of theoretical results from her research to real biometric identification systems solving practical problems that have impacted on the welfare and safety of people in Cuba and other Latin American countries.
She has published more than 40 articlesi about the development of new methods for automatic face recognition and has presented more than 15 oral and poster presentations on conferences and scientific meetings. She has reviewed papers for prestigious conferences and journals such as the International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) and the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI). She is a young associated of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, and a member of the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR). She received a best student paper award in the 5th International Summer School on Biometrics endorsed by the IAPR, in Alghero, Italy, 2008 and was awarded with one of the annual prizes given by the Cuban Academy of Sciences in 2011. She was also awarded with one of the TWAS 2012 Prize for Young Scientists from Cuba. In 2015 she received the Aurora Pons Porrata Award given to women researchers by the Iberoamerican Congress on Pattern Recognition. At present, she is the head of the Biometric Research Group in CENATAV and the Vice-president of the Cuban Association of Pattern Recognition (ACRP).