Iris Segmentation Using a Statistical Approach

  • Luis M. Zamudio-Fuentes
  • Mireya S. García-Vázquez
  • Alejandro A. Ramírez-Acosta
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6256)


Eyelashes and reflections occluding the iris region are noise factors that degrade the performance of iris recognition. If these factors are not eliminated in iris segmentation phase, they are incorrectly considered as the iris region. Thus, produce false iris pattern information which decreases the recognition rate. In this paper a statistical approach is used to improve iris segmentation phase eliminating this noise from none constrain images, which is composed in three parts, finding the pupil and limbus boundary, reflection detection and eyelash detection. First an edge map is calculated using canny filter then the Circular Hough Transform is used to improve circle parameter finding. An intensity variation analysis is use to recognize a strong reflection. Eyelashes are classified in two categories, separable and multiple. Intensity variances are used to detect multiple eyelashes and an edge detector to localize separable eyelashes. The results show that statistics are useful to decide when is necessary applied the eyelash detector.


Iris recognition biometric segmentation eyelash detector 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis M. Zamudio-Fuentes
    • 1
  • Mireya S. García-Vázquez
    • 1
  • Alejandro A. Ramírez-Acosta
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de Tecnología Digital (CITEDI-IPN)TijuanaMéxico
  2. 2.MIRAL. R&DImperial BeachUSA

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