Fingerprint matching incorporating ridge features with minutiae

Heeseung Choi, Kyoungtaek Choi, Jaihie Kim

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This paper introduces a novel fingerprint matching algorithm using both ridge features and the conventional minutiae feature to increase the recognition performance against nonlinear deformation in fingerprints. The proposed ridge features are composed of four elements: ridge count, ridge length, ridge curvature direction, and ridge type. These ridge features have some advantages in that they can represent the topology information in entire ridge patterns existing between two minutiae and are not changed by nonlinear deformation of the finger. For extracting ridge features, we also define the ridge-based coordinate system in a skeletonized image. With the proposed ridge features and conventional minutiae features (minutiae type, orientation, and position), we propose a novel matching scheme using a breadth-first search to detect the matched minutiae pairs incrementally. Following that, the maximum score is computed and used as the final matching score of two fingerprints. Experiments were conducted for the FVC2002 and FVC2004 databases to compare the proposed method with the conventional minutiae-based method. The proposed method achieved higher matching scores. Thus, we conclude that the proposed ridge feature gives additional information for fingerprint matching with little increment in template size and can be used in conjunction with existing minutiae features to increase the accuracy and robustness of fingerprint recognition systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5680645
Pages (from-to)338-345
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received July 15, 2010; revised December 10, 2010; accepted December 18, 2010. Date of publication January 06, 2011; date of current version May 18, 2011. This work was supported by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) through the Biometrics Engineering Research Center at Yonsei University R112002105070010(2010). The associate editor coordinating the review of this manuscript and approving it for publication was Dr. Arun Ross.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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