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Facial Biometrics on Mobile Devices: Interaction and Quality Assessment

Lunerti, Chiara (2019) Facial Biometrics on Mobile Devices: Interaction and Quality Assessment. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (KAR id:77501)

Language: English

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Biometric face recognition is a quick and convenient security method that allows unlocking a smartphone device without the need to remember a PIN code or a password. However, the unconstrained mobile environment brings considerable challenges in facial verification performance. Not only the verification but also the enrolment on the mobile device takes place in unpredictable surroundings. In particular, facial verification involves the enrolment of unsupervised users across a range of environmental conditions, light exposure, and additional variations in terms of user's poses and image background.

Is there a way to estimate the variations that a mobile scenario introduces over the facial verification performance?

A quality assessment can help in enhancing the biometric performance, but in the context of mobile devices, most of the standardised requirements and methodology presented are based on passport scenarios. A comprehensive analysis should be performed to assess the biometric performance in terms of image quality and user interaction in the particular context of mobile devices.

This work aimed to contribute to improving the performance and the adaptability of facial verification systems implemented on smartphones. Fifty-three participants were asked to provide facial images suitable for face verification across several locations and scenarios. A minimum of 150 images per user was collected with a smartphone camera within three different sessions. Sensing data was recorded to assess user interaction during the biometric presentation. Images were also recorded using a Single Lens Reflex camera to enable a comparison with conditions similar to a passport scenario.

Results showed the relationship within five selected quality metrics commonly used for quality assessment and the variables introduced by the environment, the user and the camera. Innovative methodologies were also proposed to assess the user interaction using sensors implemented in the smartphone. The analysis underlined important issues and formulated useful observations to enhance facial verification performance on smartphone devices.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Guest, Richard
Uncontrolled keywords: Facial Biometrics, User Interaction, Facial Image Quality
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2019 08:12 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2022 22:59 UTC
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