Chapter 13

Soft Biometrics for Surveillance: An Overview

D.A. Reid1, S. Samangooei1, C. Chen2, M.S. Nixon1 and A. Ross2,    1School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK, 2Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, USA

Abstract

Biometrics is the science of automatically recognizing people based on physical or behavioral characteristics such as face, fingerprint, iris, hand, voice, gait, and signature. More recently, the use of soft biometric traits has been proposed to improve the performance of traditional biometric systems and allow identification based on human descriptions. Soft biometric traits include characteristics such as height, weight, body geometry, scars, marks, ...

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