The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Cagliari is proud to announce the sixth edition of the Fingerprint Liveness Detection Competition.

Spoofing - The widespread use of personal verification systems based on fingerprints has shown some weaknesses related to the problem of security. Among the others, it is well-known that a fingerprint verification system can be deceived by submitting artificial reproductions of fingerprints made up of silicon or gelatine to the electronic capture device (optical, capacitive, etc...). These images are then processed as “true” fingerprints.

Liveness Detection - Therefore, a recent issue in the field of security in fingerprint verification (unsupervised especially) is known as “liveness detection”. The standard verification system is coupled with additional hardware or software modules aimed to certify the authenticity of the submitted fingerprints. Whilst hardware-based solutions are the most expensive, software-based ones attempt to measure liveness from characteristics of images themselves by simply applying image processing algorithms.

Software Liveness Classification - The problem of vitality detection is treated as a two-class classification problem (live or fake). An appropriate classifier is designed in order to extract the probability of the image vitality given the extracted set of features. 

Liveness Detection in Action(1) - Fingerprint Liveness Detection systems are not designed to operate stand-alone, but as a part of a recognition system. LivDet2019 competition is open to all academic and industrial institutions which have an integrate solution for software-based fingerprint recognition and vitality detection.

LivDet2019 Competition Overview - Each participant is invited to submit its algorithm in a Win32 or Linux console application. The performance will be evaluated by utilizing a very large data set of “fake” and “live” fingerprint images captured by three devices. The performance rank will be compiled and published in this site.

The goal of the competition is to compare different methodologies for software-based fingerprint liveness detection in action with a common experimental protocol and data set. The ambition of the competition is to become the reference event for academic and industrial research. The competition is not defined as an official system for quality certification of the proposed solutions, but may impact the state of the art in this crucial field, with reference to the general problem of security in biometric systems.

Results The preprint version of the ICB 2019 paper is available on:


  • Registration Deadline: December 14, 2018 December 31, 2018.
  • Algorithm submission: January 31, 2019 February 8, 2019.
  • Presentation results at ICB2019.
  • Competition results 

The training-set will be made available after the registration.

(1) The "Liveness Detection in Action" name is inspired by "Anti-spoofing in Action: Joint Operation with a Verification System, I. Chingovska, A. Anjos and S. Marcel,  2013 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops, Portland, OR, 2013, pp. 98-104. doi: 10.1109/CVPRW.2013.22"

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