IMT4126 - Biometrics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 50/100 3 hours E
Approved report 50/100

Course content

-General overview of biometric systems
-Design of biometric systems
-Authentication vs. Identification
-Performance analysis
-Biological characteristics: Fingerprint, vein, face, iris, periocular
-Behavioural characteristics: Keystroke dynamics, gait, signature, voice
-Multimodal biometrics
-Continuous biometric authentication
-Biometric sample quality
-Privacy and template protection
-Presentation attacks: artefacts and possibilities for mimicking
-Biometric standards
-Biometric applications

Learning outcome

-The candidate possesses advanced knowledge in Biological and Behavioural Biometrics.
-The candidate possesses thorough knowledge about theory and scientific methods relevant for design, development and operation of biometric access control systems.
-The candidate is capable of applying his/her knowledge in new fields of IT-security systems.
-The candidate is capable of updating his/her own knowledge in authentication related topics.

-The candidate is capable of analyzing existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field of biometrics and working independently on solving theoretical and practical problems.
-The candidate can use relevant scientific methods in independent research and development in biometrics.
-The candidate is capable of performing critical analysis of various literature sources and applying them in structuring and formulating scientific reasoning in biometrics.
-The candidate is capable of carrying out an independent limited research or development project in biometrics under supervision, following the applicable ethical rules.

General competence:
-The candidate is capable of analyzing problems in biometrics.
-The candidate is capable of applying his/her biometric knowledge and skills in new fields, in order to accomplish advanced tasks and projects.
-The candidate can work independently and is familiar with biometric terminology (i.e. ISO/IEC 2382-37).
-The candidate is capable of discussing professional problems, analyses and conclusions in the field of biometrics, both with specialists and with general audience.
-The candidate is capable of contributing to innovation.
-The candidate is capable of taking part in debates in national and international fora within the field of authentication and behavioural biometrics.

Learning methods and activities

-Project work
Additional information:
-Students shall provide a research report (term paper) on a topic that is chosen by the student in coordination with the teachers.
Coursework requirement: 10 of 13 assignments must be approved

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatoriske arb.krav

Further on evaluation

Possibility to retake written exam part of course in summer (August). If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Forms of assessment:
The overall grade is based on a grade for a final, written exam (3 hrs) as well as a grade for the term paper.The final, written exam will count for 50% while the term paper will count for 50% of the final grade. Both parts will be graded on a 0-100 scale and must be passed with at least 40 out of 100 points in order to pass the course. The final grade is the weighted average of the part scores and the 0-100 scale score of the final grade will be converted to the A-F scale according to recommended conversion table. In specific circumstances, can the course responsible slightly adjust the limits in the conversion table to enforce compatibility with the qualitative descriptions on the A-F scale.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Information Security (MIS)
Information Security (MISD)

Course materials

Course is based on scientific articles provided to the students. Other recommended literature is, such as
-LI , S . Z. , AND JAIN, A. K. , Eds. Handbook of Face Recognition. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, 2011.
-MALTONI , D. , MAIO, D. , JAIN, A. K. , AND PRABHAKAR , S . Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition. Springer, 2009.
-WAYMAN, J . , JAIN, A. , MALTONI , D. , AND MAI O, D. , Biometric Systems. Springer, 2005.
-JAIN, L.C. , HALICI, U. , HAYASHI, I. ; LEE, S.B., TSUTSUI, S. Intelligent Biometric Techniques in Fingerprint and Face Recognition. CRC Press, 1999.
-TUYLS, P., SKROIC, B., KEVENAAR, T.  Security with Noisy Data. Springer, 2007

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT4621 5.0 01.09.2017
IMT4722 2.5 01.09.2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Information Security
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Approved report 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Written examination 50/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 50/100 E 2020-06-03 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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