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Biometric Systems

Lecture Start:  Monday June 07, 2021
Building: Zoom
Room: Zoom

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 2021 (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)


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Preliminary Schedule:

  • 04.06.2021 material for preparation of seminar work will be provided
  • 07.06.2021 10.00h introduction
  • 07.06.2021 11.00h requirements / properties of a biometric system
  • 07.06.2021 13.00h history of biometrics
  • 07.06.2021 14.00h fingerprint recognition - part 1
  • 07.06.2021 15.00h fingerprint recognition - part 2
  • 08.06.2021 08.00h fingerprint recognition - part 3
  • 08.06.2021 09.00h biometric performance
  • 08.06.2021 10.00h performance metrics and reports
  • 08.06.2021 11.00h vein recognition
  • 08.06.2021 13.00h face recognition - part 1
  • 08.06.2021 14.00h face recognition - part 2
  • 08.06.2021 15.00h face recognition - part 3
  • 09.06.2021 08.00h 3D face recognition
  • 09.06.2021 09.00h DET tutorial
  • 09.06.2021 10.00h ePassport
  • 09.06.2021 11.00h ePassport
  • 09.06.2021 13.00h iris recognition
  • 09.06.2021 14.00h iris recognition
  • 09.06.2021 15.00h sample quality
  • 09.06.2021 16.00h sample quality
  • 10.06.2021 08.00h multibiometrics
  • 10.06.2021 09.00h machine learning
  • 10.06.2021 10.00h data privacy
  • 10.06.2021 14.00h security presentation attacks
  • 10.06.2021 15.00h security template reconstruction
  • 11.06.2021 08.00h template protection
  • 11.06.2021 09.00h standards
  • 12.06.2021 work on the individual research - consultation via email
  • 28.06.2021 submission of the research report


Here you can find the syllabus and the teaching material for the lecture.
Recording from 2021-06-11
Slides and papers from 2021-06-11
Recording from 2021-06-10
Slides and papers from 2021-06-10
Recording from 2021-06-09
DET tutorial and script from 2021-06-09
Slides and papers from 2021-06-09
Matlab demos from 2021-06-08
Recording from 2021-06-08
Slides and papers from 2021-06-08
Slides and papers from 2021-06-07
Matlab demos from 2021-06-07
Recording from 2021-06-07

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, 2021 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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