Optimal wavelength band clustering for multispectral iris recognition

Yazhuo Gong, Dapeng Zhang, Pengfei Shi, Jingqi Yan

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This work explores the possibility of clustering spectral wavelengths based on the maximumdissimilarity of iris textures. The eventual goal is to determine how many bands of spectral wavelengths will be enough for iris multispectral fusion and to find these bands that will provide higher performance of iris multispectral recognition. A multispectral acquisition system was first designed for imaging the iris at narrow spectral bands in the range of 420 to 940 nm. Next, a set of 60 human iris images that correspond to the right and left eyes of 30 different subjects were acquired for an analysis. Finally, we determined that 3 clusters were enough to represent the 10 feature bands of spectral wavelengths using the agglomerative clustering based on two-dimensional principal component analysis. The experimental results suggest (1) the number, center, and composition of clusters of spectral wavelengths and (2) the higher performance of iris multispectral recognition based on a three wavelengths-bands fusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4275-4284
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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