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Biometric Systems

Lecture Start:  Tuesday June 11, 2019
Building: 308
Room: Auditorium 13

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 2019 (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:

  • 05.06.2019 constitution day
  • 06.06.2019 material for preparation of seminar work will be provided
  • 07.06.2019 work on the individual research - consultation via email
  • 11.06.2019 09.00h introduction
  • 11.06.2019 10.00h requirements / properties of a biometric system
  • 11.06.2019 11.00h history of biometrics
  • 11.06.2019 13.00h fingerprint recognition - part 1
  • 11.06.2019 14.00h fingerprint recognition - part 2
  • 11.06.2019 15.00h fingerprint recognition - part 3
  • 12.06.2019 08.00h biometric performance
  • 12.06.2019 09.00h performance metrics and reports
  • 12.06.2019 10.00h vein recognition
  • 12.06.2019 11.00h face recognition - part 1
  • 12.06.2019 13.00h face recognition - part 2
  • 12.06.2019 14.00h face recognition - part 3
  • 12.06.2019 15.00h 3D face recognition
  • 13.06.2019 08.00h ePassport
  • 13.06.2019 09.00h ePassport
  • 13.06.2019 10.00h iris recognition
  • 13.06.2019 11.00h iris recognition
  • 17.06.2019 09.00h sample quality
  • 17.06.2019 10.00h sample quality
  • 17.06.2019 11.00h multibiometrics
  • 17.06.2019 13.00h machine learning
  • 17.06.2019 14.00h data privacy
  • 18.06.2019 08.00h security presentation attacks
  • 18.06.2019 09.00h security template reconstruction
  • 18.06.2019 10.00h template protection
  • 18.06.2019 11.00h standards
  • 19.06.2019 work on the individual research - consultation via email
  • 28.06.2019 submission of the research report


Here you can find the syllabus and the teaching material for the lecture.
Slides and papers from 2019-06-18
Slides and papers from 2019-06-17
Slides and papers from 2019-06-13
Matlab Gabor wavelet demo 2019-06-12
Slides and papers from 2019-06-12
Matlab fingerprint demo 2019-06-11
Slides and papers from 2019-06-11

Submission of final report:

As described in section 3 of the syllabus you are expected to deliver the term paper and the data files in a zip file to Campusnet before June 28, 2019 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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