Ridge-Slope-Valley Feature for Fingerprint Liveness Detection

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 322)


Attacking fingerprint-based biometric systems by presenting fake fingers is a serious threat for unattended devices. In this work, we introduce a novel algorithm, by extracting features along the fingerprint curves, to discriminate between fake fingers and real ones on static images. Pairs of mean value and standard deviation are sampled from the ridge, slope and valley of the curves. Then bag-of-words model is used to select cluster centers and form a 128-dimension feature of words’ frequency. We test our method on a dataset collected by Chinese Academy of Science, which contains 960 live fingerprints and 960 fake ones made by silicon. Though the fake fingerprints is too verisimilar to be distinguished by naked eyes, we still get an accuracy of 98.85 %. Because our method is based on single static fingerprint image, it can be freely embedded into existing fingerprint-based biometric systems.


Fingerprint liveness detection Bag-of-words model Image texture analysis. 



This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (61201271, 61301269), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (ZYGX2013J019, ZYGX2013J017), Sichuan Science and Technology Support Program (cooperated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences) (2012JZ001), and Science and Technology Support Program of Sichuan Province, China (2014GZX0009).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electronic EngineeringUniversity of Electronic Science and Technology of ChinaChengduPR China

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