Biometric Recognition: How Do I Know Who You Are?

  • Anil K. Jain
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3540)


A wide variety of systems require reliable personal recognition schemes to either confirm or determine the identity of an individual requesting their services. The purpose of such schemes is to ensure that the rendered services are accessed only by a legitimate user, and not anyone else. Examples of such applications include secure access to buildings, computer systems, laptops, cellular phones and ATMs. In the absence of robust person recognition schemes, these systems are vulnerable to the wiles of an impostor. Biometric recognition, or simply biometrics, refers to the automatic recognition of individuals based on their physiological and/or behavioral characteristics. By using biometrics it is possible to confirm or establish an individual’s identity based on who she is, rather than by what she possesses (e.g., an ID card) or what she remembers (e.g., a password). Although biometrics emerged from its extensive use in law enforcement to identify criminals, i.e., forensics, it is being increasingly used today to carry out person recognition in a large number of civilian applications (e.g., national ID card, e-passport and smart cards) [1],[2]. Most of the emerging applications can be attributed to increased security threats as well as fraud associated with various financial transactions (e.g., credit cards).


Smart Card Biometric Data Legitimate User Biometric System Biometric Characteristic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anil K. Jain
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  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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