IMT6071 - Biometrics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Term Paper
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Term Paper 100/100

Course content

-Fingerprint recognition

-Vein recognition

-Face recognition including three dimensional data

-Iris recognition

-Multimodal biometrics

-Attack mechanisms against biometric system (components)

-Privacy Enhancing Technologies including homomorphic encryption

- Sample quality assessment technologies

Students will learn the capabilities of GPU-consuming Deep Learning approaches to solve biometric tasks. They will also be motivated to investigate, whether low-resource consuming hand-crafted algorithms can solve a task equally well in a sustainable spirit.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate possesses knowledge at the most advanced frontier in the field of biometrics. The candidate has mastered academic theory and scientific methods in biometrics. The candidate is capable of considering suitability and use of different methods and processes in research in the field of biometrics. The candidate is capable of contributing to development of new knowledge, theories, methods, interpretations and forms of documentation in biometrics.

Skills: The candidate is capable of formulating problems, planning and completing research projects in biometrics. The candidate is capable of doing research and development at a high international level. The candidate is capable of handling complex academic tasks. The candidate can challenge established knowledge and practice in biometrics. More specifically after the course, the candidate should have the following capabilities: developed a systematic understanding of biometric systems and their capabilities mastered multiple modality-specific feature extraction and have the ability to evaluate their suitability for given acquisition characteristics developed in-depth insights into statistical methods and tools for biometrics and their performance evaluation the ability to synthesize multi-modal analysis methods and solve score normalisation problems in fusion systems the ability to appraise and differentiate threats to biometric reference data, judging and realizing adequate protection mechanisms accordingly the ability to perform in-depth assessment of biometric component placement within a security system demonstrated the ability to design and defend a biometric security system when provided with a threat scenario

General competence: The candidate is capable of identifying relevant - and possibly new - ethical problems and exercising research in biometrics with academic integrity. The candidate is capable of managing complex interdisciplinary tasks and projects. The candidate is capable of disseminating the results of research and development in biometrics through approved national and international publication channels. The candidate is capable of taking part in debates in international forums within the field of biometrics. The candidate is capable of considering the need for, taking initiative to and engaging in innovation in the field of biometrics. More specifically the candidate will have the competence to demonstrate the ability to design a biometric system suitable for a given scenario judge the relevance of ethical and privacy issues investigate for a given scenario technical solutions and evaluate them in a critical analysis. synthesize new ideas during evaluation phase communicate with peers in the biometric community in terms of reviewing research topics manage team work

Learning methods and activities




Additional information: Seminar with term paper presentation

Compulsory requirements: None

Further on evaluation

Re-sit: The whole course must be repeated.

Assessment forms: Candidates must provide a research report (term paper) on a topic that is chosen by the candidate in coordination with the lecturer. The term paper should not focus on a survey of methods but rather address original research and be submitted to a scientific conference (e.g. NISK, BIOSIG)

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Information Security and Communication Technology (PHISCT)

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

[1] A. Jain, P. Flynn, A. Russ: Handbook of Biometrics, Springer, 2008

[2] S. Li and A. Jain: Handbook of Face Recognition, Springer, 2011

[3] D. Maltoni , D. Maio, A. Jain, S Prabhakar: Handbook of Fingerprint Recognition, Springer, 2009

[4] S. Marcel, M. Nixon, J. Fierrez, N. Evans: Handbook of Biometric Anti-Spoofing - Presentation Attack Detection, Springer, 2019

[5] P. Tuyls, B. Skroic, T. Kevenaar: Security with Noisy Data, Springer, 2007

[6] A. Uhl, C. Busch, S. Marcel, R. Veldhuis: Handbook of Vascular Biometrics, Springer, 2020

[7] C. Rathgeb, R. Tolosana, R. Vera-Rodriguez, C. Busch: Handbook of Digital Face Manipulation and Detection, Springer, 2021

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Informatics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology


Examination arrangement: Term Paper

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Term Paper 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Term Paper 100/100





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