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Course Name Biometrics
Course Code 15CSE336
Program B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Introduction – Biometric fundamentals – Biometric technologies – Biometrics vs traditional techniques – Characteristics of a good biometric system – Benefits of biometrics – Key biometric processes: verification, identification and biometric matching – Performance measures in biometric systems.

Unit 2

Physiological Biometrics – Leading technologies: Finger-scan – Facial-scan – Irisscan – Voice-scan – components, working principles, competing technologies, strengths and weaknesses – Other physiological biometrics: Hand-scan, Retinascan – components, working principles, competing technologies, strengths and weaknesses – Automated fingerprint identification systems. Behavioural Biometrics: Leading technologies: Signature-scan – Keystrokescan – components, working principles, strengths and weaknesses.

Unit 3

Standards in Biometrics – Assessing the Privacy Risks of Biometrics – Designing Privacy – Sympathetic Biometric Systems – Need for standards – different biometric standards – Categorizing biometric applications.

Text Books

  • Anil K. Jain, Patrick Flynn, and Arun A. Ross, “Handbook of Biometrics”, Springer, 2008.


  • Paul Reid, Samir Nanavati, Michael Thieme and Raj Nanavati, “Biometrics – Identity Verification in a Networked World”, Wiley-Dream Tech India Private Limited, New Delhi, 2003.
  • John R. Vacca, “Biometric Technologies and Verification Systems”, Elsevier Inc, 2007

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