Lozej, Juš; Meden, Blaž; Struc, Vitomir; Peer, Peter
End-to-end iris segmentation using U-Net Inproceedings
In: 2018 IEEE International Work Conference on Bioinspired Intelligence (IWOBI), pp. 1–6, IEEE 2018.
Iris segmentation is an important research topic that received significant attention from the research community over the years. Traditional iris segmentation techniques have typically been focused on hand-crafted procedures that, nonetheless, achieved remarkable segmentation performance even with images captured in difficult settings. With the success of deep-learning models, researchers are increasingly looking towards convolutional neural networks (CNNs) to further improve on the accuracy of existing iris segmentation techniques and several CNN-based techniques have already been presented recently in the literature. In this paper we also consider deep-learning models for iris segmentation and present an iris segmentation approach based on the popular U-Net architecture. Our model is trainable end-to-end and, hence, avoids the need for hand designing the segmentation procedure. We evaluate the model on the CASIA dataset and report encouraging results in comparison to existing techniques used in this area.