Biometric Technologies - EENG8570

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Biometrics and biometrics systems; Biometric modalities; Components of a biometric system; Biometrics sample acquisition, transformation, & normalisation; Errors, error sources, and error handling in identification systems; Concept of multimodal systems: accuracy, flexibility, usability, inclusion and exception handling. Characterising human behaviour in biometrics-based systems. .

Implementation of biometric systems. Examples of systems using the major modalities such as face recognition, iris recognition, handwritten signature verification, fingerprint processing, etc. Analysis of modality specific techniques: segmentation, feature extraction, selection and classification strategies. State of the art in sensor technologies; Spoofing and counter-measures.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 106
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

65% Exam
35% Coursework

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Understand, in detail, the operation of a number of practical biometric systems using a variety of modalities.
2. Design and implement biometric systems using a number of modalities.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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