Post-mortem Iris Recognition with Deep-Learning-based Image Segmentation

Mateusz Trokielewicz , Adam Czajka , Piotr Maciejewicz


This paper proposes the first known to us iris recognition methodology designed specifically for post-mortem samples. We propose to use deep learning-based iris segmentation models to extract highly irregular iris texture areas in post-mortem iris images. We show how to use segmentation masks predicted by neural networks in conventional, Gabor-based iris recognition method, which employs circular approximations of the pupillary and limbic iris boundaries. As a whole, this method allows for a significant improvement in post-mortem iris recognition accuracy over the methods designed only for ante-mortem irises, including the academic OSIRIS and commercial IriCore implementations. The proposed method reaches the EER less than 1% for samples collected up to 10 hours after death, when compared to 16.89% and 5.37% of EER observed for OSIRIS and IriCore, respectively. For samples collected up to 369 hours post-mortem, the proposed method achieves the EER 21.45%, while 33.59% and 25.38% are observed for OSIRIS and IriCore, respectively. Additionally, the method is tested on a database of iris images collected from ophthalmology clinic patients, for which it also offers an advantage over the two other algorithms. This work is the first step towards post-mortem-specific iris recognition, which increases the chances of identification of deceased subjects in forensic investigations. The new database of post-mortem iris images acquired from 42 subjects, as well as the deep learning-based segmentation models are made available along with the paper, to ensure all the results presented in this manuscript are reproducible.
Author Mateusz Trokielewicz (FEIT / AK) - Scientific and Academic Computer Network (NASK PIB) [Scientific and Academic Computer Network (NASK PIB)]
Mateusz Trokielewicz,,
- The Institute of Control and Computation Engineering
- Naukowa i Akademicka Sieć Komputerowa
, Adam Czajka
Adam Czajka,,
, Piotr Maciejewicz
Piotr Maciejewicz,,
Journal seriesImage and Vision Computing, ISSN 0262-8856, e-ISSN 1872-8138
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets5193.3
Article number103866
Keywords in EnglishBiometrics; Iris recognition; Post-mortem; Image segmentation
ASJC Classification1707 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
Languageen angielski
Trokielewicz i in IVC 2020.pdf 1.52 MB
Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 23-09-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators GS Citations = 3.0; WoS Citations = 3; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.541; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 2.747 (2) - 2018=3.012 (5)
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