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The ear as a biometric

Hurley, D.J., Arbab-Zavar, B. and Nixon, M.S. (2007) The ear as a biometric At 15th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO-2007), Poland. 03 - 07 Sep 2007. , pp. 25-29.

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It is more than 10 years since the first tentative experiments in ear biometrics were conducted and it has now reached the “adolescence” of its development towards a mature biometric. Here we present a timely retrospective of the ensuing research since those early days. Whilst its detailed structure may not be as complex as the iris, we show that the ear has unique security advantages over other biometrics. It is most unusual, even unique, in that it supports not only visual and forensic recognition, but also acoustic recognition at the same time. This, together with its deep three-dimensional structure and its robust resistance to change with age will make it very difficult to counterfeit thus ensuring that the ear will occupy a special place in situations requiring a high degree of protection.

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Published date: September 2007
Venue - Dates: 15th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO-2007), Poland, 2007-09-03 - 2007-09-07
Keywords: ear, biometric, recognition
Organisations: Southampton Wireless Group


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Date deposited: 01 Nov 2007
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:32

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Author: D.J. Hurley
Author: B. Arbab-Zavar
Author: M.S. Nixon

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