The Effect of Contact Lenses on Iris Recognition Accuracy

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
7:00 PM
ETC 2.136
Free and open to the public

This talk will (a) introduce iris recognition as a means of verifying a person’s identity, (b) outline how contact lenses affect the accuracy of iris recognition, and (c) discuss results of algorithms developed to automatically detect whether or not the eye in an iris image is wearing a contact lens. We consider clear, prescription contact lenses, as well as “cosmetic” or “textured” lenses. Automatic detection of the presence of textured lenses is especially important because they can be used to "spoof" identity verification.  

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Kevin Bowyer

Kevin Bowyer

Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Notre Dame

Kevin Bowyer is the Schubmehl-Prein Professor and the Department Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.  Professor Bowyer has served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and of the IEEE Biometrics Compendium.  He also served as the General Chair of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 IEEE International Conference on Biometrics Theory Applications and Systems, and the 2011 International Joint Conference on Biometrics, as well as Program Chair of the 2011 Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition conference and as General Chair of the 2015 Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition conference.

Professor Bowyer has made advances in many areas of biometrics research, including iris recognition, face recognition, and multi-biometric methods.  His research group has been active in support of a variety of government-sponsored biometrics programs, including the Human ID Gait Challenge, the Face Recognition Grand challenge, the Iris Challenge Evaluation, the Face Recognition Vendor Test 2006, and the Multiple Biometric Grand Challenge. His latest book is the Handbook of Iris Recognition.

Professor Bowyer is a Fellow of the IAPR and of the IEEE and a Golden Core Member of the IEEE Computer Society.