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machine learning and artifi cial intelligence relies on the coexistence of three necessary conditions: powerful computing environments, rich and/or large data, and effi cient learning techniques (algorithms). The extreme learning machine (ELM) as an emerging learning technique provides effi cient unifi ed solutions to generalized feed-forward networks(More)
This paper discusses methods in evaluating fingerprint image quality on a local level. Feature vectors covering directional strength, sinusoidal local ridge/valley pattern, ridge/valley uniformity and core occurrences are first extracted from fingerprint image sub-blocks. Each sub-block is then assigned a quality level through pattern classification. Three(More)
Automatically understanding events happening at a site is the ultimate goal of visual surveillance system. This paper investigates the challenges faced by automated surveillance systems operating in hostile conditions and demonstrates the developed algorithms via a system that detects water crises within highly dynamic aquatic environments. An efficient(More)
This paper addresses the issue of training feedforward neural networks by global optimization. The main contributions include characterization of global optimality of a network error function, and formulation of a global descent algorithm to solve the network training problem. A network with a single hidden-layer and a single-output unit is considered. By(More)
A novel method using a reduced multivariate polynomial model has been developed for biometric decision fusion where simplicity and ease of use could be a concern. However, much to our surprise, the reduced model was found to have good classification accuracy for several commonly used data sets from the Web. In this paper, we extend the single output model(More)
—The multivariate polynomial model provides an effective way to describe complex nonlinear input–output relationships since it is tractable for optimization, sensitivity analysis, and prediction of confidence intervals. However, for high-dimensional and high-order problems, multivariate polynomial regression becomes impractical due to its huge number of(More)
To replace compromised biometric templates, cancelable biometrics has recently been introduced. The concept is to transform a biometric signal or feature into a new one for enrollment and matching. For making cancelable fingerprint templates, previous approaches used either the relative position of a minutia to a core point or the absolute position of a(More)