Pulse active harmonic (PAH) features for ECG biometric authentication

Bin Safie, Sairul Izwan and Nur, Haris and Azavitra, Zainal and Soraghan, John and Petropoulakis, Lykourgos; (2013) Pulse active harmonic (PAH) features for ECG biometric authentication. In: 2013 1st International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Modelling and Simulation (AIMS). IEEE, 255 - 260. ISBN 978-1-4799-3250-4 (https://doi.org/10.1109/AIMS.2013.47)

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This paper presents a feature extraction method known as Pulse Active Harmonic (PAH) implemented on electrocardiograph (ECG) signals for biometric authentication. The technique is based on a pulse width modulation concept. A total of 200 Eggs from 100 subjects, taken from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) database are used in the simulations. Biometric performance profile such as the area under ROC (AUR) and equal error rate (EER) are then used to evaluate the results. This work shows that: a) the PAH method outperforms conventional temporal feature extraction techniques, b) its performance is comparable to other, previously introduced, Pulse Active based methods. Hence, owing to their close similarities Pulse Active approaches can readily be combined to form robust and inherently secure biometric authentication systems.