CPSC 697/599.01, Winter 2016

Course Announcements:

Welcome to CPSC 697/599.01.

February 1st: Presentation week is coming: Feb 7-14th, 2015!

February 7th: CPSC 697 Project Requirements and Deadlines has been set (see web site section below).

February 27th: Location for Quiz on Tuesday, March 1st, is ST 128

March 17th: CPSC 599 Asmt 2 deadline is extended (see details below) to Wednesday, March 30th, 9:00 pm

March 17th: Final project report deadline is extended to Friday, April 8th, 2016 9:00 pm



bulletContact information
bulletTextbook and recommended reading
bulletCourse information
bulletCourse outline
bulletCourse evaluation
bulletUseful links

Contact information


Instructor:   Dr. Marina Gavrilova
Office   ICT 709
Phone   (403) 220-5105
Office hours   T TH 11:30 - 12:30

CPSC 599 TA:

Mr. Faisal Ahmed         E-mail:

Course Textbooks

1.  Multimodal Biometrics and Intelligent Image Processing for Security Systems
M. Gavrilova and M. Monwar, IGI, 2013

2. Image Pattern Recognition: Synthesis and Analysis in Biometrics
S. Yanushkevich, M. Gavrilova, P. Wang and S. Srihari (Eds), World Scientific Publishers, 2007

3. Biometric Systems: Technology, Design and Performance Evaluation
Editors: J. Wayman, A. Jain, D. Maltoni and D. Maio, Springer, 2005


 Additional reading:

3. Handbook of Face Recognition
Editors: Stan Z. Li and Anil K. Jain Springer, New York, 2005

4. Handbook of Multibiometrics (International Series on Biometrics)
Arun A. Ross, Karthik Nandakumar, and Anil K. Jain, Hardcover - May, 2006

5.Computational geometry: Algorithms and Applications
M. de Berg, M. van Kreveld, M. Overmars, O. Schwarzkopf, Springer, 1997


Course Description

      Biometric Technologies is one of the rapidly growing areas of computer science, concerned with representation, storage, matching, synthesis and visualization of biometric information. Tremendous advance has been achieved over the last few years in both fundamental theoretical development of fundamental algorithms for biometric identification, matching and synthesis, and in biometric hardware and software production.

    The course objective is thus to familiarize students with the recent developments, encompassing new discoveries in the areas of information representation, image processing, database system design, surface modeling and visualization. Traditional and emerging technologies for fingerprint matching, face reconstruction, emotion animation, iris synthesis, voice recognition, thermogram-based biometrics, and fusion methods will be studies in the course.

Biometric Technologies laboratory equipment and software will be used to illustrate some of the practical applications. Impact of these developments on the society, privacy and ethics will also be considered.

Objectives and Outcomes

The objective in offering this course is to study advanced algorithms in the area of applied sciences, computer graphics and biometric technologies. The course introduces theoretical bases for studying biometrics, with particular focus on algorithmic foundations, computer graphics techniques, topological properties of the biometric data, information representation, data storage and data search, comparison and matching.

The methods and techniques learned in the course will be illustrated on the examples of solving verification, identification, and synthesis problems for a variety of biometrics. Biometrics such as fingerprint, face, eye, ear, palm, gait, voice, signature and others will be discussed.

Particular interest will be on hardware devices and their rapid development, as well as the variety of specific software developed for particular agencies (government, academia, banks, individuals etc.). Impact of these developments on the society, privacy and ethics will also be considered.

The formal component of the course will involve a research project, writing a research paper, and making a presentation on a subject.

Course Outline

Week 1


 Introduction to Biometrics. Text 1 Ch 1


 Objects of Study in  Biometrics, Biometric Characteristics and Biometric Systems Text 1 Ch1


Project topic link: Biometric for you

Week 2


Biometric Types Text 1, Ch3


Biometrics Hardware  Text 2 Ch 2 


Historical perspective Text 3


Week 3


  Algorithmic Foundations of Biometrics  Text 5


  Fingerprint recognition systems. Text 3 Ch 2-5, Text 2 Ch 2  


  Fingerprint and hand recognition systems. Text 2 Ch 2, Text 1 Hand geometry


Feature extraction and matching. Methodology and applications. Text 2

Week 4

bulletFace recognition
bulletFace modeling -pre-processing Ch1, Ch2 Text 3; Ch 4 Text 2, Text 2
bullet Face Recognition Solutions - NeoFace, OpenCL face detection, Real-Time Adaptive 3D Face Tracking and Eye Gaze Estimation
bullet 3D Face Tracking Without Markers,  3D head tracking, Robust Face tracking using Lucas-Kanade optical flow    
bulletHead Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote, Olaworks : Real Time Head Tracking 3D FR
bullet FaceGen expression software


Week 5   

Student Presentations related to Assignment 1


599 and 697 presentation marking schemes


          Week 6 READING WEEK FEB 14-21, 2016   


Week 7

bulletBiometric review, Face synthesis
bullet SIGGRAPH 1999 - A Morphable Model for the Synthesis of 3D Faces, Create 3D Face from a Single Photo, Realtime Performance-Based Facial Animation (SIGGRAPH 2011)  

Face modeling under varied conditions


Facial synthesis, Facial expression modeling Ch 3, Ch 4, Ch 5 Text 3; Ch 4 Text 2


Week 8

bullet CPSC 599  Quiz on Tuesday, March 1st, is in ST 128

Iris and Ear biometrics

 Week 9


Behavioral biometrics. Signature recognition. Voice recognition and Speaker identification Text 2 Ch 4, Text 1
Credit Card FAKE SIGNATURE Experiment


Other biometrics (gait, infrared).

Week 10


Multi-modal biometrics


Information fusion


Neural networks in biometric research

Week 11

bulletSocial Biometrics,
bulletRobotic biometrics

Week 12

bulletEthics, privacy and security issues related to biometrics. Text 2 Ch 12
bulletTuesday,  March 29th -CPSC 599 MATLAB TUTORIAL (offered by TA Faisal Ahmad)
bulletThursday, March 31st Invited lecture

Invited Guest: Prof.  Thomas Patrick Keenan,

Title: "Technocreep and Biometrics"

Link to T. Keenan video at Hackers Conference 2013 in Las Vegas

Note: as part of CPSC 599 course grading (participation marks), a written summary of the talk is to be submitted to your TA by e-mail before April 5th.

The submission must include:

Title of the talk
The main research area of an invited speaker
The one paragraph summary of the main idea expressed in the talk
The one question you wanted to or actually asked the speaker after the presentation

Weeks 13-14

bulletTuesday April 5th Future directions and trends and CPSC 599 Participation component grading based on Invited Lecture attendance (written summary, by e-mail to your TA)
bullet Computer magazine Privacy and Surveillance Issue
bulletLocation: SS115 Thursday April 7th CPSC 599 Asmt 2 part III software presentations and CPSC 599 Participation component grading (written feedback, in class)
bulletLocation: SS115  Tuesday April 12th CPSC 697 Term project presentations and CPSC 599 Participation component grading (oral questions, in class)


    Instructions for CPSC 599 Asmt 2 presentation preparation

    Presentation marking CPSC 599 Asmt 2 Software scheme

    Presentation marking CPSC 697 scheme



Course Evaluation CPSC 599.01

Three components are included in the determination of the course grade.

Component Component Weight
Assignments 40%
Presentations 20%
In-class Activities 10%
In-class Quiz 30%

Assignments can be in the form of a written take home assignment, a research paper analysis, or a problem to solve over some period of time. Quizzes can be given in class or to take home. Two presentations in the course relate to assignment and final project presentation.

Late Submission Policy

As a rule, late submission will be accepted up to two or three days after assignment deadline, with a penalty of 10% per day of the overall grade possible for this assignment. Special considerations will be given to extenuating circumstances upon advance notification.


Students are encouraged to discuss the assignments and methods of solution with other students. All work that is handed in as a solution to the assignment must be original work of the student. Any student found copying all or part of an assignment from another student or another source without proper acknowledgement of the copyright will face consequences outlined in Plagiarism/Cheating/Other Academic Misconduct sections of the University calendar.

CPSC 599.01 Deadlines

The list of CPSC 599.01 course deadlines is below.

Component Due Date Component Weight
Assignment 1 Thursday, February 4th, 9:00 am 20%
Quiz Tuesday, March 1, closed book, in-class 30%
Assignment 2

Asmt 2 marking


Wednesday, March 30th, 9:00 pm

 Test_data_unlabeled    Train_data_labeled


In-class activities Ongoing 10%
Presentation(s) Dates to be announced 20%

Assignments can be in the form of a written take home assignment, a research paper analysis, or a problem to solve over some period of time. Quizzes can be given in class or to take home. Two presentations in the course relate to term paper and final project presentation.

CPSC 599.01 Assignments

Assignments and Quizzes are essential part of this course and intended to help students to develop valuable research skills, such as ability to solve problems using knowledge obtained from the course, ability to critically analyze methods and techniques, ability to compare and contrast different solutions, ability to write a critique on a paper or a scientific article, and ability to compare different approaches to the same problem.

SUBMISSION: By e-mail to your TA

Sample poster for Asmt 1

CPSC 599.01 Presentations

Presentations will take place during Week 5 and Week 13

Presentations marking scheme

Sample presentation



Course Evaluation CPSC 697

Three components are included in the determination of the course grade.

Component Component Weight
Assignments/quizzes 30%
Term project 50%
Presentations 20%

Specifically, There will be one assignment and one take home quiz in the course.

Assignments can be in the form of a written take home assignment, a research paper analysis, or a problem to solve over some period of time. Quizzes can be given in class or to take home. Two presentations in the course relate to assignment and final project presentation.


CPSC 697 Biometric assignment 1

Assignment 1 requirement

Assignment 1: 10%

Assignment 1 Presentation: 10%

Take Home Quiz: March 1st to March 3rd: 20%

This project allows students to perform an extensive literature review and in-depth methodology analysis with particular emphasis on the form in which the results of the research are reported.

The project should present a comprehensive literature review on one of the topics of choice by student  and should be written in the form of a research report of 20 to 30 pages, article with title, abstract, introduction, background, method description and comparison, analysis and conclusion and references.

Sample presentation


CPSC 697 Presentations

Presentations will take place during Week 5 and Week 13

Presentations marking scheme

CPSC 697 Project

Project Requirements (all components)

Sample Interim report

Abstract marking scheme

Interim report marking scheme

Final report marking scheme

Individual research project is an essential component of this course. Students are expected to select a topic of research project from the course outline, which can include theoretical research in the area of image processing, computer graphics, statistics, analysis of algorithm performance, or applied studies (including development and implementation of a biometric system or a specific algorithm).

The deadlines for submitting project components are as follows:

Monday, February 15th, 2016 - Abstract is due by 4:00 pm (1 page including at least 5 references) 5%

Monday, March 14th, 2016 - Interim report is due by 4:00 pm (10-15 pages) 15%

Friday, April 8th, 2016 - Final report is due by 9:00 pm (25-30 pages) 30%

April 2016 - Final Project Presentations (25 min each) 10%

Sample Project Presentation (posted with permission): Priyadarshi Bhattachariya

Selected project topics from previous years:

bulletMinutia-based Fingerprint Matching using Linear Programming
bullet3D face Reconstruction based on morphable model
bulletSecure e-mail with fingerprint recognition
bulletFingerprint spoofing
bulletCancelable biometrics
bulletBiometric fusion
bulletGait recognition
bulletIris synthesis using multiresolution approach
bulletMultimodal biometric and fusion schemas
bulletEvaluating a new hashing scheme for hand signatures
bulletReliability of palm print biometrics

Useful links

Biometric Technology Lab

BTLab, University of Calgary

General Biometric Bibliography

Biometric bibliography

Biometric Conferences

Biometric Software

bullet FaceGen expression software
bullet SFinGe fingerprint synthesis software
bullet Fake voice software


Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)

Developing Fingerprints with Super Glue

iPhone 5S Touch ID Fingerprint Hack & iOS 7 Passcode Bypass - Major Security Flaws


Extra material on PCA:

bullet Link to tutorial on PCA


Face Recognition

1.      Human and machine recognition of faces: A survey
Chellappa, R., Wilson, C., and Sirohey, A. In Proceedings of the IEEE 83, 5 (1995) 705-740.

2. Face recognition: A literature survey
W. Zhao, R. Chellappa et al, ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), Volume 35 Issue 4, pp. 399-458, December 2003

 Multi-biometrics reviews

1.      A survey of biometric recognition methods
Kresimir Delac 1, Mislav Grgic, 46th International Symposium Electronics in Marine, ELMAR-2004, 16-18 June 2004, Zadar, Croatia 

2.      Biometric identification systems
Rodrigo de Luis-García, Carlos Alberola-López, Otman Aghzout, Juan Ruiz-Alzola, Signal Processing, Volume 83 Issue 12, December 2003. 


 Useful Books


Handbook of Face Recognition
Editors: Stan Z. Li and Anil K. Jain Springer, New York, 2005


Handbook of Multibiometrics (International Series on Biometrics)
Arun A. Ross, Karthik Nandakumar, and Anil K. Jain, Hardcover - May, 2006


Automatic Fingerprint Recognition Systems
N. Ratha and R. Bolle (Eds.), Springer, October 2003.


Guide to Biometrics
R. Bolle, J. Connell, S. Pankanti, N. Ratha and A. Senior, Springer, October 2003.


Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition
D. Maltoni, D. Maio, A.K. Jain, and S. Prabhakar, Springer 2003


Pattern Recognition. From Classical to Modern Approaches
Edited by Sankar K Pal & Amita Pal, World Scientific Publishers, 2001

Conferences and references lists


Vision/biometric research list


The Biometric Consortium website


Findbiometrics web site


Downloadable list of biometric events (doc file).



ICPR 2006


International Biometric Conference (IBC) 2006


The Biometric Consortium Conference 2006


7th IEEE International Conference, Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition FG2006


ICBA 2006 International Conference on Biometric Authentication


The 2003 ACM SIGMM workshop on Biometrics methods and applications


Biometrics Technology for Human Identification


Advances in Biometrics: International Conference, ICB 2006


The 5th Chinese Conference on Biometric Recognition Sinobiometrics 2004


8th IEEE International Conference, Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition FG2008


ID World International Congress for Automatic ID


SPIE International Defense and Security Symposium, Biometrics Technology for Human Identification  2007


International Behavioral & Medical Biometrics Society 2007


International Conference on Biometrics- ICB2007


IEEE AVBPA07: Intl. Conf. on Audio- and Video-Based Biometric Person Authentication



1.      International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence (IJPRAI)

2.       IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence

3.       Transactions on Computational Science, Springer

Biometric laboratories and evaluation groups


The Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation (FpVTE)


Face Recognition Vendor Test 2002 (FRVT)


Signal Processing Institute, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology web site


Biometric System Laboratory, University of Bologna


Biometrics Institute Ltd.


TBS: 3D Fingerprint matcher (software)


Biometrics Research at MSU


Biometrics Technology Centre


The research group of Sargur N. Srihari


IBM Research


Microsoft Research


The Center for Biometrics and Security Research (CBSR)


Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York


3Detection Labs


Biometric Information processing Group, China


Face Tracking MSU



Fun staff


bullet Optical Illusion Site - Green Dragon
bulletOptical Illusions
bulletVirtual Words research
bulletNew task environment research
bulletAlgorithms animation
bulletFortune sweep-plane animation
bulletHistory of Mathematics
bulletDictionary of algorithms, data structures and problems
bulletOpenGL Documentation
bulletOpenGL Tutorial
bullet Oracle Spatial Software
bulletCAVE Visualization
bullet Bill Gates last day in the office
bulletGreat Principles of Computing web site
bulletIdentical twins palmprints
bulletFinding DNA in human motion
bulletDNA basics lecture


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