Toward more accurate iris recognition using cross-spectral matching

Pattabhi Ramaiah Nalla, Ajay Kumar Pathak

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Iris recognition systems are increasingly deployed for large-scale applications such as national ID programs, which continue to acquire millions of iris images to establish identity among billions. However, with the availability of variety of iris sensors that are deployed for the iris imaging under different illumination/environment, significant performance degradation is expected while matching such iris images acquired under two different domains (either sensor-specific or wavelength-specific). This paper develops a domain adaptation framework to address this problem and introduces a new algorithm using Markov random fields model to significantly improve cross-domain iris recognition. The proposed domain adaptation framework based on the naive Bayes nearest neighbor classification uses a real-valued feature representation, which is capable of learning domain knowledge. Our approach to estimate corresponding visible iris patterns from the synthesis of iris patches in the near infrared iris images achieves outperforming results for the cross-spectral iris recognition. In this paper, a new class of bi-spectral iris recognition system that can simultaneously acquire visible and near infra-red images with pixel-to-pixel correspondences is proposed and evaluated. This paper presents experimental results from three publicly available databases; PolyU cross-spectral iris image database, IIITD CLI and UND database, and achieve outperforming results for the cross-sensor and cross-spectral iris matching.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7587438
Pages (from-to)208-221
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Image Processing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Biometrics
  • cross-sensor iris recognition
  • cross-spectral
  • domain adaptation
  • iris recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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