Biometric Recognition: How Do I Know Who You Are?

  • Anil K. Jain
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3617)


Reliable person recognition is an integral component of identity management systems. Biometrics offers a natural and reliable solution to the problem of identity determination by recognizing individuals based on their physiological and/or behavioral characteristics that are inherent to the person. Although biometric systems have been successfully deployed in a number of civilian applications, current biometric systems are not perfect. In this paper, we describe the various obstacles that prevent biometric systems from achieving foolproof automatic person recognition. We also show that using multiple biometric modalities can alleviate some of the problems faced by unimodal biometric systems. Finally, we present the vulnerabilities of biometric systems and discuss solutions to protect biometric systems from some common attacks.


Biometric Data Biometric System Face Recognition System Biometric Template Biometric Trait 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anil K. Jain
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  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringMichigan State UniversityU.S.A.

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