Fingerprint Alteration Detection

John H. Ellingsgaard

AbstractFingerprint alteration is the procedure of attempting to change or remove characteristics of ones fingerprint in order to avoid identification. Alterations can be performed to the fingertips by various means, such as scraping, cutting, burning or transplanting skin. Unnatural fingerprint patterns are commonly introduced in altered fingerprints.
The goal of the thesis is to propose a method to detect if a fingerprint has been altered or not.
The thesis includes a study on the characteristics of altered fingerprints and on the current state-of-the-art alteration detection algorithm. The proposed method will take a localised approach analysing attributes and characteristics of local areas of the fingerprint in order to identify discrepancies and irregularities.
TypeMaster's thesis [Academic thesis]
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark, DTU Compute, E-mail:
AddressMatematiktorvet, Building 303-B, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
NoteDTU supervisor: Rasmus Larsen,, DTU Compute
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