Face biometrics - A tool for identity authentication as well as an approach to privacy protection

Project synopsis

Face biometrics has been used intensively as a tool to identify individuals. However, this has ignited concerns about the individual(s) identifiable in a recording.

The University of Hertfordshire team has carried out research work in:

  • face recognition for security control (a three-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership project of £195k with IDscan Biometrics Ltd).
  • face de-identification for privacy protection (as part of the European COST Action IC1206, where our unique system is able to reduce the re-identification risk of the de-identified faces to nearly zero).

Achievements so far

  • Six peer-reviewed research papers published
  • A patent application submitted and entered the second stage
  • A KTP project sponsored by Innovative UK
  • Management Committee Members of COST Action IC1206
  • Committee Members of the JPEG IST/37 (where a new activity ‘Privacy and Security’ was launched in Sept 2015).

More information

Please contact Lily Meng (L.1.Meng@herts.ac.uk) if you have any queries or would like to find out more about the face biometrics project.