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EPSRC Reference: EP/P009727/2
Title: Privacy-Protected Human Identification in Encrypted/Transformed Domains
Principal Investigator: Jiang, Dr R
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Atom Bank plc University of Warwick
Department: Computing & Communications
Organisation: Lancaster University
Scheme: First Grant - Revised 2009
Starts: 24 May 2019 Ends: 23 December 2019 Value (£): 11,472
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence Digital Signal Processing
Image & Vision Computing
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Summary on Grant Application Form
Biometrics has been widely utilized in the past two decades in many areas such as healthcare, banking, surveillance, and security control. Given the increased uptake of internet and mobile computing globally, many companies have been turning to biometric privacy and security to ensure secure communication. However, biometric verification over third-party or public network servers may be abusively exploited in an unauthorized way. To protect the privacy and improve the security, it has been advocated to carry out biometric verification in encrypted or transformed domains, where privacy and security can be more effectively guaranteed.

The basic idea behind the project is that the biometrics in the irreversible encrypted/transformed domains contains exactly the same amount of information as its original one, and hence one can establish a pattern recognition methodology to determine/extract useful information from chaotic signals in encrypted/transformed domains. This First Grant Scheme project aims to investigate how to discover and evaluate the information from chaotic signals for discriminative power, and develop robust pattern recognition schemes for biometric/multi-biometric verification in encrypted/transformed domains. The proposed methods/schemes will be vigorously validated over typical wild face/speech/gait datasets, and two practical demo systems (biometric banking and pedestrian profiling) will be designed and tested in real world environments.

The project will focus on both theoretical understanding of chaotic information and application-specific exploitation of chaotic pattern recognition. Considering multiple data structures hidden beneath a set of given chaotic signals, I will develop a robust way to find out the underlying various data structures for data understanding, clustering and classification. On the other side, given a specific issue such as encrypted/transformed biometric verification, one need to examine the generic theoretic findings in this specific topic and develop a robust scheme for biometric human identification.

The work of this project is within the areas of signal processing, machine learning and pattern analysis. The research on encryted/transformed biometric verification has come from the practical new needs of the UK's emerging new businesses. The project will provide the understanding needed to allow the future development of robust biometric verification methods with novel applications.

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