Track B: Biometrics for Security and Safety


Biometrics is the use of body or behavioural characteristics in order to identify a person or to verify his or her claimed identity.

As a recognition technology, biometrics is used as a means to secure access to content and locations, to authenticate (internet) transactions, to verify token ownership (passports), and to recognize people on surveillance video footage. As it uses body (or occasionally behavioural) characteristics, it is the only known method capable of truly verifying or identifying a person’s identity. Biometric recognition also has the potential of combining security with user convenience. The most commonly used biometric modalities are fingerprint, (2D) face, and iris. Upcoming modalities are 3D face and vascular patterns. Voice is another modality of interest but different from the others because the biometric data is not image based. Other modalities are proposed every now and then, including exotic ones like body odour.

At UT biometrics is taken in a somewhat wider sense, including aspects of behavioural and crowd analysis, which is useful in safety contexts.

Research activities in the world focus on improvement of recognition performance of biometric recognition systems, especially when operating under uncontrolled conditions, increased robustness, multi-biometrics, secure storage of biometric templates, and integration into various applications.

Topics addressed by this track include (but are not limited to):

  • 3D face recognition with one or more Kinect sensors.
  • Finger vein recognition.
  • Iris recognition.
  • Palm vein sensor design.
  • Crowd behaviour analysis based on video.
  • Anonymous face recognition.
  • Efficient searching of surveillance video.

We are searching for additional, inspiring and creative topics that think outside of the box and that are appropriate for the problem at hand. You are invited to discuss early ideas with the track chairs for guidance. We highly appreciate proposals that are not pure paperwork but include some practical aspects as well.

 Suggested Reading

There are many text books and tutorials on biometrics and its applications.


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