University of Cagliari electrical engineering department announces liveness detection competition

January 7, 2013 - 

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Cagliari has announced the third edition of its Fingerprint Liveness Detection Competition 2013 – LivDet 2013 — which will be hosted at the International Conference on Biometrics in Madrid, June 4-7, 2013.

A major differentiator in biometric technologies is whether or not it can be spoofed and that’s why organizers at the University of Cagliari have devised this competition which will include both fingerprint and iris biometrics and is open to academic and industrial institutions.

According to the LivDet 2013 website “the goal of the competition is to compare different methodologies for software-based fingerprint liveness detection with a common experimental protocol and data set. The ambition of the competition is to become the reference event for academic and industrial research. The competition is not defined as an official system for quality certification of the proposed solutions, but may impact the state of the art in this crucial field, with reference to the general problem of security in biometric systems.”

The structure of the competition consists of both algorithms and systems sections.

Organizers invite participants to submit algorithms by January 31, 2013 in a Win32 console application. Performance will be evaluated by utilizing a very large data set of live and artificial fingerprint images captured with three different optical scanners from Neurotechnology, Italdata and Crossmatch.

As reported previously in, the International Conference on Biometrics has recently announced its keynote speakers headlining this year’s event, June 4-7 in Madrid.

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