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Biometrics and counter-terrorism: the case of gait recognition

Chaurasia, Priyanka, Yogarajah, Pratheepan, Condell, Joan, Prasad, Girijesh, McIlhatton, David and Monaghan, Rachel (2015) Biometrics and counter-terrorism: the case of gait recognition. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 7 (3). pp. 210-226. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/19434472.2015.1071420


The use of biometrics has become a popular method to counter the threat of terrorism. Biometric features can be used to confirm identity (biometric authentication) or to identify an individual (biometric identification). Suchfeatures include physical (e.g. fingerprints and DNA) and behavioural characteristics (e.g. handwriting and gait). This paper is concerned with one type of behavioural characteristics, namely gait. Gait refers to an individual’s style or manner of walk and thus represents one of the body language information signifiers that can identify individuals distinctively in surveillance videos. Recently, gait recognition for individual identification has received increased attention from biometrics researchers as gait can be captured at a distance byusing a low-resolution camera. Human gait properties can be affected by clothing and the carrying of objects both of which have been identified within the existing literature as causing difficulties in gait recognition. In this paper, we propose a novel method that generates dynamic and static feature templates of the sequences of silhouette images called Dynamic Static Silhouette Templates (DSSTs) to overcome these difficulties. Here, the DSST is calculated from Gait Energy Images. DSSTs capture the dynamic and the static characteristics of anindividual’s gait. The experimental results show that our method overcomes the issues arising from differing clothing and the carrying of objects.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:biometrics, counter-terrorism, gait recognition
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Intelligent Systems
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Research on Property and Planning (RPP)
Built Environment Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Intelligent Systems Research Centre
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Computer Science Research Institute
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:32382
Deposited By: Dr Rachel Monaghan
Deposited On:07 Oct 2015 11:09
Last Modified:07 Oct 2015 11:09

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