IAPR/IEEE Winter School on Biometrics 2020

Contactless Palmprint Identification

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Contactless and online palmprint identification offers improved user convenience, hygiene and user-security. Therefore, its highly desirable in a range of mobile, e-business and law-enforcement applications like for the surveillance. This talk will discuss on a range of popular contactless palmprint matching algorithms, their theoretical limitations, comparative performance evaluation, our proposal for the faster and more accurate palmprint matching. Cross-spectral palmprint matching has a range of real-world applications and yet to receive attention in the literature. This talk will discuss a more accurate approach to match such cross-spectral biometric images using a newly introduced microstructural feature masks. There can be significant difference among the contactless palmprints acquired among the rural and urban population, and we will examine such challenges using the sample images acquired by us from the rural Indian population. Real world contactless palmprint images appear in motion and under complex backgrounds. We will also discuss on the detection of contactless palms in the wild to meet expectations for the real-world deployments.


Ajay Kumar received the Ph.D. degree from The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2001. He was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Delhi, Delhi, India, from 2005 to 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His current research interests are on biometrics with an emphasis on hand biometrics, vascular biometrics, iris, and multimodal biometrics. He holds seven U.S. patents, and has authored on biometrics and computer vision based industrial inspection. He was on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security from 2010 to 2013, and served on the program committees of several international conferences and workshops in the field of his research interest. He serves as an area chair for CVPR 2019, was the Program Chair for ICEB 2010 (Hong Kong), Program Co-Chair for the IJCB 2011 (Washington DC), ICB 2013 (Madrid), and CVPR 2013-2019 Biometrics Workshops. He has also served as the General Co-Chair of the IJCB 2014 (Tampa), ISBA 2015 (Hong Kong) and General Chair for WIFS 2018 recently held in Hong Kong. He serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Pattern Recognition Letters and has served on the IEEE Biometrics Council as the Vice President (Publications) during 2011-2015. He is a Fellow of IAPR and IEEE.

Ajay Kumar

Ajay Kumar
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong