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Trusted Biometrics under Spoofing Attacks (TABULA RASA)

TABULA RASA is a project funded by the European Commission, under the Seventh Framework Programme.

In particular the TABULA RASA project will:

  1. address the need for a draft set of standards to examine this problem,
  2. propose countermeasures such as combining biometric information from multiple sources,
  3. examine novel biometrics that may be inherently robust to direct attacks.

The first issue of a draft set of standards will be addressed by analyzing the effectiveness of direct attacks to a range of biometrics, this will provide an insight as to how vulnerable the different biometric traits are to these attacks. The second issue of countermeasures will be explored in two lines, the first line of work proposes to combine multiple biometric traits to build a single system that is robust to direct attacks and the second line of work proposes to examine novel methods to perform liveness detection. Finally, novel biometrics which might be inherently robust to direct attacks, such as gait (the manner in which someone walks), vein or electro-physiological signals (such as the heart beat), will be explored to determine their advantages and limitations.


Project Coordinator

Sébastien Marcel

Head of the Biometrics group at the Idiap research institute