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Biometric Systems

Lecture Start:  Wednesday June 07, 2017
Time: 09.00h
Morning session - building: 303A
Room: Auditorium A041
Afternoon sessions - building: 303A
Room: Auditorium A041

Target group: Master Students Computer Science

Preconditions: Basics in digital image and signal processing are helpful.

Further question: Prof. Dr. Christoph Busch
(Email: christoph.busch@h-da.de)

Lecture summer term 2017 (DTU master program course 02238)
Biometric Systems


Authentication of individuals based on the biological and behavioural characteristics such as the face, the iris or fingerprints is a promising research domain. Biometric algorithms allow the recognition of individuals in physical or logical access control systems and thus provide an efficient and convenient alternative to knowledge based or token based systems


The lecture covers the most important mechanisms in today's commercial biometric systems: Face recognition, iris recognition and fingerprint recognition. The course covers sensors, biometric image processing, feature extraction and classification methods. Furthermore evaluation schemes for biometric systems will be discussed such as biometric performance testing and security testing. The lecture will also map data privacy principles to the biometric system design process.

Research Seminar (Research Projects):

The complementary seminar extends the content of the lecture with topics on current application areas. These topics are researched and analysed. Specific focus is given on applications that are specific for the European data privacy culture. Furthermore the seminar will discuss interoperability issues and international standardization in the field. The student research will address selected topics from current biometric research regarding 3D face recognition, biometric sample quality, multimodal biometrics and biometric template protection (e.g. FIDELITY and NFIQ2.0)


  • "Handbook of Face Recognition" by S. Li and A. Jain (Eds), Springer, 2005
  • "Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition" by D. Maltoni, D. Maio, A. Jain and S. Prabhakar, Springer, 2005
  • "Biometric Systems: Technology, Design and Performance Evaluation" by J. Wayman, A. Jain, D. Maltoni, D. Maio (Eds), Springer, 2004

Preliminary Schedule:

  • 02.06.2017 material for preparation of seminar work will be provided
  • 05.06.2017 constitution day
  • 07.06.2017 09.00h introduction
  • 07.06.2017 10.00h requirements / properties of a biometric system
  • 07.06.2017 11.00h biometric performance
  • 07.06.2017 13.00h performance metrics and reports
  • 07.06.2017 14.00h history of biometrics
  • 07.06.2017 15.00h fingerprint recognition - part 1
  • 08.06.2017 09.00h fingerprint recognition - part 2
  • 08.06.2017 10.00h fingerprint recognition - part 3
  • 08.06.2017 11.00h vein recognition
  • 08.06.2017 13.00h face recognition - part 1
  • 08.06.2017 14.00h face recognition - part 2
  • 08.06.2017 15.00h face recognition - part 3
  • 09.06.2017 09.00h 3D face recognition
  • 09.06.2017 10.00h ePassport
  • 09.06.2017 11.00h ePassport
  • 09.06.2017 13.00h iris recognition
  • 09.06.2017 14.00h iris recognition
  • 13.06.2017 09.00h sample quality
  • 13.06.2017 10.00h sample quality
  • 13.06.2017 11.00h multibiometrics
  • 13.06.2017 13.00h machine learning
  • 14.06.2017 09.00h data privacy
  • 14.06.2017 10.00h security presentation attacks
  • 14.06.2017 11.00h security template reconstruction
  • 14.06.2017 13.00h template protection
  • 14.06.2017 14.00h standards
  • 15.06.2017 work on the individual research - consultation via email
  • 23.06.2017 submission of the research report


Here you can find the syllabus and the teaching material for the lecture.
Slides and papers from 2017-06-07
Slides and papers from 2017-06-08
Fingerprint enhancement demo 2017-06-08
Fingerprint singularity demo 2017-06-08
Slides, papers and demos from 2017-06-09
Slides, papers and demos from 2017-06-13
Slides from 2017-06-14

Submission of final report:

As described in section 3 of the syllabus you are expected to deliver the term paper by mail and the data files in a zip file to Campusnet before June 23, 2017 at 23.59.

Course evaluations:

This summer term course has been delivered at DTU since 2007. You can view the course evaluations from previous years at the DTU website.

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