biometrics research

Study Shows Iris Recognition is Less Effective for People with Diabetes

Study Shows Iris Recognition is Less Effective for People with Diabetes

“To account for the results, the researchers noted that diabetes can affect the eyes in a number of ways that may not be obvious, causing retinal damage, cataracts, and glaucoma.” A recent study published in Biomedical Engineering examined the relationship between iris recognition and diabetes, finding that iris recognition is less accurate for people with…

Australian Researchers Develop Long Distance Face Recognition Algorithm

Australian Researchers Develop Long Distance Face Recognition Algorithm

“The atmosphere moves and shifts around and your image gets sheared and blurry. Applying my heat dispersal model gets rid of that turbulence and brings it back closer to a focused, sharp image.” A pair of researchers have managed to drastically improve the performance of a facial recognition algorithm for the Australian Department of Defense.…

Speech2Face Turns Small Audio Clips Into Surprisingly Accurate Human Portraits

Speech2Face Turns Small Audio Clips Into Surprisingly Accurate Human Portraits

A team of researchers from MIT have published a paper that details the development of an algorithm that is able to recreate human faces based on a small voice sample. Dubbed Speech2Face, the algorithm was trained with millions of educational YouTube clips featuring more than 100,000 different speakers. The researchers were quick to emphasize that…

New Forensic Tech Makes it Easier to Pull Fingerprints from Metal Surfaces

New Forensic Tech Makes it Easier to Pull Fingerprints from Metal Surfaces

Researchers from the University of Nottingham and the University of Derby have developed a new technique for reading fingerprints left on metal surfaces like guns and knives. The method uses Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy, and creates high-resolution images that are so accurate that researchers were able to see individual sweat pores up to 26…

Security Researchers Detail Palm Vein Spoofing Method

Security Researchers Detail Palm Vein Spoofing Method

A pair of security researchers demonstrated a spoofing method for palm vein authentication at last month’s Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, Motherboard reports. The method involved the use of an SLR camera with its infrared filter removed, allowing the researchers, Jan Krissler and Julian Albrecht, to image their own vein patterns. Having taken 2,500 images…

Fake ‘Master Key’ Fingerprints Can Fool Systems Over 20% of the Time: Researchers

Fake ‘Master Key’ Fingerprints Can Fool Systems Over 20% of the Time: Researchers

“The system was developed using a generative adversarial network, a machine learning system in which one deep neural network is pitted against another, allowing the spoofing system to refine its efforts over time until it had established its highly effective DeepMasterPrints.” Researchers at New York University have developed a neural network system that they say…

New UC3M Study Finds Lower FRR for Large-Area NEXT Biometrics Sensor

New UC3M Study Finds Lower FRR for Large-Area NEXT Biometrics Sensor

“The study involved over 500 individuals, 50,000 fingerprint scans per sensor, and hundreds of millions of fingerprint comparisons…” NEXT Biometrics is touting the results of a new study conducted by the Carlos III University of Madrid (“UC3M”) that has found the company’s fingerprint sensors perform significantly better than those of leading competitors. The study involved…

How Bad Are Humans at Facial Recognition?

How Bad Are Humans at Facial Recognition?

“This doesn’t mean that contemporary facial recognition technology has made us redundant…” It’s no secret that facial recognition technology has become so advanced as to surpass human ability in a number of ways, but University of York researchers have just announced new findings about just how bad humans are in comparison. To be fair, our…

2018 EAB Awards Recognize Cutting-Edge Biometrics Research

2018 EAB Awards Recognize Cutting-Edge Biometrics Research

The European Association for Biometrics, a non-profit industry association, has presented three European researchers with awards recognizing their efforts. One of the academics, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid’s Ruben Tolosana, received the European Biometrics Industry Award for a thesis entitled “Incorporating Touch Biometrics to Mobile Passwords,” which detailed a mobile authentication system in which a user…

NEC’s First Research Center Outside of Japan Opens in Singapore

NEC’s First Research Center Outside of Japan Opens in Singapore

NEC has opened a new research center in Singapore. Called the “NEC Open Innovation Centre”, or “OIC”, the facility will focus on technology research in the areas of public safety, aviation, and transportation. The technology itself will include artificial intelligence and biometrics. In announcing the OIC, NEC also highlighted its Trusted Digital Identity and One…

Crossmatch to Continue On to Phase Two of IARPA’s Thor R&D Program

Crossmatch to Continue On to Phase Two of IARPA’s Thor R&D Program

“Phase 2 of Thor will see a higher concentration of software work, building upon the prototype scanners developed in Phase 1. The work includes developing PAD algorithms based on biometric features, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning that work for both known and unknown presentation attacks.” – Bill McClurg, SVP & CTO, Crossmatch The first phase…

NIST Awards $75M STESS Contract to Strativia

NIST Awards $75M STESS Contract to Strativia

“As for the work, it’s going to span a range of fields including critical infrastructure, environmental science, statistical modeling, IT for healthcare, and the development of biometric algorithms.” Maryland-based IT consultancy Strativia has won a $75 million contract to support the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s research activities. In announcing the agreement, Strativia called…

Zighra Details AI Secrets for the Left-Brained

Zighra Details AI Secrets for the Left-Brained

Zighra is revealing some trade secrets in a new blog post, provided you’ve got the kind of math-oriented brain that can take them in. The post, authored by Zighra’s Chief Data Scientist, Hari Koduvely, isn’t really about Zighra’s mobile authentication technology in particular, but rather covers an approach to AI training called “Bayesian Learning”. It’s based…

US San Diego Researchers Announce Viable Fingerprint Scanning System for Infants

US San Diego Researchers Announce Viable Fingerprint Scanning System for Infants

“The need to reliably identify infants, particularly in countries where government-issued ID is lacking, could have profound implications in pediatric care.” “We think we’ve solved the problem of infant identification for both developed and developing countries,” a UC San Diego researcher has announced. As UC San Diego News Center reports, UC San Diego School of Medicine…

Engineering Academy Collaboration Delivers 3D Fingerprint Tech for IDEMIA

Engineering Academy Collaboration Delivers 3D Fingerprint Tech for IDEMIA

“It’s the product of an 18-month collaboration with Télécom SudParis, whose Dean of Research, Bernadette Dorizzi, emphasized that the ‘real originality’ of the BioDigital solution ‘lies in the quality of the reconstructed image of the internal fingerprint.’” In collaboration with Télécom SudParis, a French engineering academy, IDEMIA has developed a new 3D fingerprint scanning system. Dubbed BioDigital,…

Imperial College London Researchers Detail Gait Recognition System

Imperial College London Researchers Detail Gait Recognition System

Imperial College London researchers have refined an authentication system based on gait biometrics that they say meets National Institute of Standards and Technology and Dieharder standards. As Tech Xplore reports, the system is based on multiple sensors positioned throughout the user’s body. Each of these sensors can capture movement patterns from its own particular position,…