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Fingerprint Liveness Detection Competition

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Cagliari is proud to announce the fifth edition of the Fingerprint Liveness Detection Competition.

Spoofing - The widespread use of personal verification systems based on fingerprints has shown some weaknesses related to the problem of security. Among the others, it is well-known that a fingerprint verification system can be deceived by submitting artificial reproductions of fingerprints made up of silicon or gelatine to the electronic capture device (optical, capacitive, etc...). These images are then processed as “true” fingerprints.

Liveness Detection - Therefore, a recent issue in the field of security in fingerprint verification (unsupervised especially) is known as “liveness detection”. The standard verification system is coupled with additional hardware or software modules aimed to certify the authenticity of the submitted fingerprints. Whilst hardware-based solutions are the most expensive, software-based ones attempt to measure liveness from characteristics of images themselves by simply applying image processing algorithms.

Software Liveness Classification - The problem of vitality detection is treated as a two-class classification problem (live or fake). An appropriate classifier is designed in order to extract the probability of the image vitality given the extracted set of features. LivDet2017 competition is open to all academic and industrial institutions which have a solution for software-based fingerprint vitality detection problem.

LivDet2017 Competition Overview - Each participant is invited to submit its algorithm in a Win32 console application. The performance will be evaluated by utilizing a very large data set of “fake” and “live” fingerprint images captured by three devices. The performance rank will be compiled and published in this site.

The goal of the competition is to compare different methodologies for software-based fingerprint liveness detection with a common experimental protocol and data set. The ambition of the competition is to become the reference event for academic and industrial research. The competition is not defined as an official system for quality certification of the proposed solutions, but may impact the state of the art in this crucial field, with reference to the general problem of security in biometric systems.

For this edition, Algorithms and Systems sections have separate deadlines and website. Deadline and website for the Systems section will be available soon.


  • Registration by September 15, 2017
  • Algorithm  submission by October 15, 2017
  • Works conclusion and winners proclaiming by December 15, 2017

The training-set will be made available to registered users after the registration deadline.

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