prof.dr. D. Meuwly (Didier)


About Me

I am is born in Fribourg, Switzerland. After a classical education (Latin / Philosophy), I graduated as a criminalist and criminologist (1993) and received his PhD (2000), both at the School of Forensic Science (Ecole de Sciences Criminelles) of the University of Lausanne. I  share my time between The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, where I am a principal scientist, and the University of Twente, where I hold the chair of Forensic Biometrics.
I was previously responsible for the fingerprint section within the NFI and the leader of a project about the probabilistic evaluation of fingerprint evidence. From 2002 to 2004 I worked as a senior forensic scientist at the R&D department of the Forensic Science Service (UK-FSS), then an executive agency of the British Ministry of the Interior.
I serve as an associate editor for Forensic Science International (FSI) and is a member of the R&D standing committee of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI-RDSC). I am is also a member of the ISO Technical Committee 272 Forensic Science, developing the ISO standard 21043.


Engineering & Materials Science
Closed Circuit Television Systems
Face Recognition
Performance Assessment
Social Sciences

Ancillary Activities

  • Nederlands Forensisch Instituut
    Hoofd activiteit


I specialises in the automation and validation of the probabilistic evaluation of forensic evidence, and more specifically from biometric traces.


Seckiner, D., Mallett, X., Maynard, P. , Meuwly, D., & Roux, C. (2019). Forensic gait analysis — Morphometric assessment from surveillance footage. Forensic science international, 296, 57-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2019.01.007
Zeinstra, C. , Meuwly, D. , Veldhuis, R. , & Spreeuwers, L. (2019). Mind the Gap: A practical framework for classifiers in a forensic context. In 2018 IEEE 9th International Conference on Biometrics Theory, Applications and Systems, BTAS 2018 Article 8698583 (IEEE nternational Conference on Biometrics Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS); Vol. 2018). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/BTAS.2018.8698583

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Course Introduction to Biometrics

Forensic biometrics - the use of biometric data in forensic applications

Master course Cybercrime, Cybersecurity & Risk Management

Case Assessment and Interpretation in digital forensic science

Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling (building no. 11), room 4090
Hallenweg 19
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Zilverling  4090
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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