Mitigation of Contact Lens, Eye Surgery, Pupil Dilation, and other Challenges on Iris Recognition

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,994.86
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
D11PC20144
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1111052
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB011.1-005
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
25 B Hanover Road, Suite 140, Florham Park, NJ, 07932-1924
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
125624432
Principal Investigator:
Bozhao Tan
(973) 822-0048
tan@licreativetech.com
Business Contact:
Qi Li
(973) 822-0048
li@licreativetech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Iris biometrics offers the potential for highly accurate identity verification. However, over 25 million people in the United States and over 125 million people worldwide wear contact lenses, and it would be impractical to require users to remove their contact lenses for recognition purposes. As a result, developing methods to measure and mitigate any degradation associated with contact lenses and other atypical eye conditions has become increasingly important to the future of iris recognition technology. In this DHS SBIR research project, we will study, analyze and mitigate the potential adverse effects of contact lenses, eye surgery, and varying pupil dilation, template aging, and sensor interoperability, on iris recognition. We will collaborate with Clarkson University to leverage their existing data collection efforts to examine potential performance variations of iris images with and without different types of contact lenses, before and after surgery, or at varying pupil dilation. After data collection, we will conduct a detailed analysis of the specific problems. If, as expected, significant performance differences are observed, image processing algorithms and machine learning approaches will be developed to detect and mitigate instances in which matching performance appears to have been degraded.

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