Prof. Ajay Kumar

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Speaker 1

Completely Contactless Palmprint Detection and Matching for Ubiquitous Personal Identification

Accurate and ubiquitous personal identification using completely contactless biometric sensing is critical for the success of many business process, e-governance, forensics and in a range of other security related applications. Recent evaluation of conventional face recognition systems has reported significant performance degradations, largely due to the widespread use of face masks under COVID19 pandemic. Therefore, there is increasing interest to explore alternative, contactless and user-friendly biometric modalities for at-a-distance personal identification. Completely contactless acquisition of hand images using mobile phones and surveillance cameras can however pose significant challenges in accurate palmprint detection, which is critical for the accurate matching. During this talk, I will discuss on such challenges for ubiquitous contactless palmprint identification. Some of the recent advances in the state-of-the art for the accurate contactless palmprint detection in the wild should also attract our attention for further research and deployments. We will also discuss state of the art methods for the contactless matching and underline correlation between left and right hand palmprints that has been somehow ignored in recent references. Experimental results from cross-database performance evaluation, cross-sensor contactless palmprint database, and on millions of match scores will be reported to establish the reliability of developed methods for contactless palmprint matching.

Prof. Ajay Kumar received the Ph.D. degree from The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2001. He was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Delhi, Delhi, India, from 2005 to 2007. He is currently working as a Professor with the Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His current research interests are on biometrics with an emphasis on hand biometrics, vascular biometrics, iris, and multimodal biometrics. He holds seven U.S. patents, and has authored on biometrics and computer vision based industrial inspection. He was on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security from 2010 to 2013, and served on the program committees of several international conferences and workshops in the field of his research interest. He serves as an area chair for CVPR 2019, was the Program Chair for ICEB 2010 (Hong Kong), Program Co-Chair for the IJCB 2011 (Washington DC), ICB 2013 (Madrid), and CVPR 2013-2021 Biometrics Workshops. He has also served as the General Co-Chair of the IJCB 2014 (Tampa), ISBA 2015 (Hong Kong) and General Chair for WIFS 2018 recently held in Hong Kong. He serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Pattern Recognition Letters and has served on the IEEE Biometrics Council as the Vice President (Publications) during 2011-2015. He is a Fellow of IAPR and IEEE.