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Biometric Systems

Lecture start:  Tuesday, 11. April 2023
Time: 17.45h
Location:  Hochschule Darmstadt, Schöfferstr. 10; Room D14/00.04

Seminar preparation:  Tuesday, 18. April 2023
Time: 17.45h
Location:  Hochschule Darmstadt, Schöfferstr. 10; Room D14/00.04
Exam: 28. July at 16.00h in Room TBD
CP: 6

Precondition for participation: Basic knowledge in digital Signal- and Image processing is beneficial but no required condition. The lecture is delivered in English. The course is open for students from Hochschule Darmstadt (h_da) and TU Darmstadt (TUD). Link to the description.

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

Lecture and Seminar in Summer Term 2023 (Hochschule Darmstadt - 41.5094):
Biometric Systems


Biometric recognition of individuals based on the observation of behavioural and biological characteristics, such as face, iris or fingers is widespread in access control applications. Such methods can be used for verification or identification applications and constitute a comfortable alternative to knowledge based or token based methods.


The lecture begins with an overview of biometric applications and then covers selected biometric concepts, particularly fingerprint recognition, face recognition and iris recognition. To this end, the relevant physiological characteristics, their variability, and potential problems are discussed before analyzing different approaches for each of them. In each case, not only benign applications are covered but also potential bottlenecks such as insufficient sample quality and the impact on the processing chain. The use of multi-biometrics including data fusion is discussed both in the context of robustness against attacks and improving the overall accuracy of the recognition process. The course continues with a discussion of the ethical and privacy-related issues in biometrics, along with possible limitations and technical mitigation mechanisms. Special attention is given to privacy enhancing technologies that provide protection of sensitive biometric data. .
seminar preparation on 19.06.2023
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gabor wavelet demo
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fingerprint singularity detection
fingerprint enhancement demo
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DET script
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The complementary seminar extends the content of the lecture with topics on current application areas. These topics are researched and analysed. The topics will be introduced in first meeting and are available online in this Zip-file . The password will be provided on request. Presentations will take place in July.

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