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Mobile user identity sensing using the motion sensor
Author(s): Xi Zhao; Tao Feng; Lei Xu; Weidong Shi
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Paper Abstract

Employing mobile sensor data to recognize user behavioral activities has been well studied in recent years. However, to adopt the data as a biometric modality has rarely been explored. Existing methods either used the data to recognize gait, which is considered as a distinguished identity feature; or segmented a specific kind of motion for user recognition, such as phone picking-up motion. Since the identity and the motion gesture jointly affect motion data, to fix the gesture (walking or phone picking-up) definitively simplifies the identity sensing problem. However, it meanwhile introduces the complexity from gesture detection or requirement on a higher sample rate from motion sensor readings, which may draw the battery fast and affect the usability of the phone. In general, it is still under investigation that motion based user authentication in a large scale satisfies the accuracy requirement as a stand-alone biometrics modality. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to use the motion sensor readings for user identity sensing. Instead of decoupling the user identity from a gesture, we reasonably assume users have their own distinguishing phone usage habits and extract the identity from fuzzy activity patterns, represented by a combination of body movements whose signals in chains span in relative low frequency spectrum and hand movements whose signals span in relative high frequency spectrum. Then Bayesian Rules are applied to analyze the dependency of different frequency components in the signals. During testing, a posterior probability of user identity given the observed chains can be computed for authentication. Tested on an accelerometer dataset with 347 users, our approach has demonstrated the promising results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 May 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9075, Biometric and Surveillance Technology for Human and Activity Identification XI, 90750L (29 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2053162
Show Author Affiliations
Xi Zhao, Univ. of Houston (United States)
Tao Feng, Univ. of Houston (United States)
Lei Xu, Univ. of Houston (United States)
Weidong Shi, Univ. of Houston (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9075:
Biometric and Surveillance Technology for Human and Activity Identification XI
Ioannis A. Kakadiaris; Walter J. Scheirer; Christoph Busch, Editor(s)

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