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JCP 2013 Vol.8(1): 41-48 ISSN: 1796-203X
doi: 10.4304/jcp.8.1.41-48

Iris Recognition Using Stable Dark Features

Bo Liu1, Siew-Kei Lam2, Thambipillai Srikanthan2, Weiqi Yuan3
1 Computer Vision Group, Shenyang University of Technology, Shenyang, China
2 Siew-Kei Lam, Thambipillai Srikanthan Centre for High Performance Embedded Systems, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
3 Computer Vision Group, Shenyang University of Technology, Shenyang, China


Abstract—We propose a novel approach for iris recognition in less constrained environments that takes into account imaging noise arising from image capture outside the Depth of Field (DOF) of cameras. The proposed approach utilizes stable dark regions in iris images for recognition and does not rely on special hardware or on computationally expensive image restoration algorithms. We have employed a Gabor-based model to establish that stable features, which are not sensitive to defocus, correspond to local regions in iris images with low gray-level intensity. We will also present an approach to identify stable bits from the iris code representation, which correspond to dark regions in the enrolled image. Only these stable bits are used for recognition. Experimental results based on 15,000 images with varying degree of defocus show that the proposed method achieves an average recognition performance gain of about 1.45 times over a conventional method that relies on the entire code representation for iris recognition.

Index Terms—iris recognition, dark features, defocused iris images

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Cite: Bo Liu, Siew-Kei Lam, Thambipillai Srikanthan, Weiqi Yuan, " Iris Recognition Using Stable Dark Features," Journal of Computers vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 41-48, 2013.

General Information

ISSN: 1796-203X
Abbreviated Title: J.Comput.
Frequency: Bimonthly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Liansheng Tan
Executive Editor: Ms. Nina Lee
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E-mail: jcp@iap.org
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