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Grad student wins best paper award for biometrics research


Wong Wei Jing, a doctoral student from Swinburne University of Technology in Malaysia, recently received a best research paper award for his work entitled: “A low complexity multi-line code for cancellable fingerprint template”. The award was given at the conclusion of the second International Conference on Convergence Technology 2012 held in Qingdao, China.

Wong’s work was completed with the help of his two mentors: associate professor Dennis Wong and Dr. Yau Hee. His paper formulates a new solution to security breaches in fingerprint databases by generating replaceable or cancellable fingerprint metrics. This solution is essential as biometrics data are unique to every person and can be considered compromised once a fingerprint database, for example, has been tampered with or hacked.

In his paper, he proposed a new and better fingerprint method, which yields comparable results to known alternatives. He carries out comprehensive experiments that show the proposed scheme to work faster than most. Essentially, his solution not only enhances the security level of traditional biometric authentication and verification systems but also yields a higher recognition accuracy quotient. This makes his research vital for the next generation of better physical and cyber security methods.

Are there better alternatives to biometrics when it comes to security and access control?

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