Behavioural Biometrics
Study plans 2016-2017 - IMT4722 - 5 ECTS

On the basis of

The course content will be complementary to the course IMT4621 Biometrics

Expected learning outcomes


  • The candidate possesses thorough knowledge of the security of knowledge based authentication systems.
  • The candidate possesses advanced knowledge in the theory, design and evaluation of Behavioural Biometric Systems.
  • The candidate possesses advanced knowledge in the theory, design and evaluation of Continuous Authentication Systems.
  • The candidate is capable of applying his/her knowledge in the field of IT-security.
  • The candidate is capable of updating his/her own knowledge in authentication related topics.


  • The candidate is capable of using relevant scientific methods in independent research and analysis in biometrics.
  • The candidate is capable of performing critical analysis of various literature sources on authentication methods.
  • The candidate knows relevant authentication methods and terminology.

General competence:

  • The candidate is capable of taking part in debates in national and international fora within the field of authentication and behavioural biometrics.
  • The candidate is capable of working independently in the field of biometrics and is familiar with biometric terminology.
  • The candidate is capable of analyzing relevant professional and research publications in behavioural biometrics.

Give the students an improved understanding of 

  • Different general authentication mechanisms
  • Selected authentication methods: passwords/PIN, gait, signature, keystroke dynamics, gait.
  • The concept of Continuous Authentication
  • Technics to test autentication methods


  • Authentication methods in general
  • Password security
  • Behavioural Biometric system evaluation
  • Gait recognition
  • Keystroke dynamics
  • Signature verification
  • Continuous Authentication Systems
  • Evaluation of Continuous Authentication Systems

Teaching Methods

Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course will be made accessible for both campus and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement form that is best fitted for her/his own requirement. The lectures in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students. All the lectures will also be available on Internet through the learning management system (ClassFronter).

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

An overall evaluation based on a 100 point scale, where project work counts 50 points and oral exam counts 50 points. Conversion from 100 point scale to A-F scale according to recommended conversion table. In specific circumstances, emneansvarlig can slightly adjust the limits in the conversion table to enforce compatibility with the qualitative descriptions on the A-F scale.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Two internal examiners. An external examiner will be used every 4th year. Next time in the school-year 2017/2018.

Re-sit examination

The next time the course is running.

Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

There exists a reader written by the professor. The reader is given to the students at the beginning of the course. Besides the reader the students have to read various scientific articles provided by the professor.

Additional information

In case there will be less than 5 students that will apply for the course, it will be at the discretion of Studieprogramansvarlig whether the course will be offered or not an if yes, in which form.