Gaze based user authentication for personal computer applications

Maeder, Anthony J., Fookes, Clinton B., & Sridharan, Sridha (2004) Gaze based user authentication for personal computer applications. In International Symposium on Intelligent Multimedia, Video and Speech Processing, 20-22 October 2004, Hong Kong, China.

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This paper presents a simple PIN-like approach to user authentication, using the gaze sequence of an observer when presented with a previously-seen image on a personal computer screen. The method relies on the principle that the human visual system requires the eye to rest motionless for short periods, to assimilate detail at a given location in a visual scene. By deliberately looking at certain features or objects in a scene following a pre-defined sequence specified by the observer, an independent signature for personal identification can be established. Points of gaze fixation can be identified using a simple eye-tracker based on images from a typical webcam, and processed to extract a compact representation of the significant screen locations from the gaze sequence. Experimental results demonstrate that these "signatures" can be reliably and rapidly computed, and offer the advantage that they are difficult to detect by covert means.

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ID Code: 17915
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Visual Attention, Eye movement, biometrics, gaze, user authentication
DOI: 10.1109/ISIMP.2004.1434167
ISBN: 0780386876
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Pattern Recognition and Data Mining (080109)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Computer Vision (080104)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 IEEE
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Deposited On: 17 Feb 2009 04:43
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:23

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