Feature-domain super-resolution for iris recognition

Nguyen, Kien, Fookes, Clinton B., Sridharan, Sridha, & Denman, Simon (2013) Feature-domain super-resolution for iris recognition. Computer Vision and Image Understanding, 117(10), pp. 1526-1535.

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Uncooperative iris identification systems at a distance suffer from poor resolution of the acquired iris images, which significantly degrades iris recognition performance. Super-resolution techniques have been employed to enhance the resolution of iris images and improve the recognition performance. However, most existing super-resolution approaches proposed for the iris biometric super-resolve pixel intensity values, rather than the actual features used for recognition. This paper thoroughly investigates transferring super-resolution of iris images from the intensity domain to the feature domain. By directly super-resolving only the features essential for recognition, and by incorporating domain specific information from iris models, improved recognition performance compared to pixel domain super-resolution can be achieved. A framework for applying super-resolution to nonlinear features in the feature-domain is proposed. Based on this framework, a novel feature-domain super-resolution approach for the iris biometric employing 2D Gabor phase-quadrant features is proposed. The approach is shown to outperform its pixel domain counterpart, as well as other feature domain super-resolution approaches and fusion techniques.

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ID Code: 61874
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Super-resolution, Feature-domain super-resolution, Iris recognition, Iris recognition at a distance
DOI: 10.1016/j.cviu.2013.06.010
ISSN: 1077-3142
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Computer Vision and Image Understanding. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Computer Vision and Image Understanding, [VOL 117, ISSUE 10, (DATE)] DOI: 10.1016/j.cviu.2013.06.010
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2013 21:56
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2013 00:58

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