Trends in Biometrics Research: Notes from BTAS 13

I am currently at the BTAS conference in Washington DC getting up to speed on the latest research on biometrics. Here are a few trends I have observed so far:

  • an obvious lack of research on what I would call traditional biometric problems, including fingerprint matching, iris matching, and face recognition for high quality, passport style photos. These appear to be mostly solved problems.
  • recognition of spoofing as a challenging problem, as is evident in the quick attacks against the iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor,
  • a continuing trend to focus on challenging acquisition environments, included face photos taken at an angle (faces in the wild) and matching from video.
  • more interest in different kinds of sensors, including cell phone cameras, touch pads, and the Kinect.

Here is some more information about the conference:

BTAS 2013 … is the premier research conference focused on all aspects of biometrics. It is intended to have a broad scope, including advances in fundamental signal processing, image processing, pattern recognition and statistical and mathematical techniques relevant to biometrics, new algorithms and/or technologies for biometrics, analysis of specific applications, and analysis of the social impact of biometrics technology.

BTAS 2013 | Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems.

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