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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: D11PC20144
Agency Tracking Number: 1111052
Amount: $99,994.86
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
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
DUNS: 125624432
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bozhao Tan
 (973) 822-0048
Business Contact
 Qi Li
Phone: (973) 822-0048
Research Institution
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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