The purpose of this research project is to develop methods for automatically estimating the quality and quantity of information available in latent fingerprints. To design automatic systems, it is crucial to understand how humans perceive and quantify this information. During the time of data collection, each subject would be presented a total of 100 latent fingerprint pairs, one pair at a time, and asked to compare them based on quantity and quality of information content. This data would give us insights to design methods for sufficiency of latent fingerprints and improve the state of the art fingerprint matching algorithms. This project is funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Participation is voluntary; you may choose not to participate at all, or you may refuse to answer certain questions or discontinue participation at any time without consequence. There are no known risks associated with participation in this study. You will not benefit directly from your participation in this study. However, your participation in this study may contribute to the development of methods for latent quality estimation and improve the state of the art fingerprint matching algorithms. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in this research.
Your response to all the fingerprint pairs can be completed at your own convenience over multiple sessions. You will be able to track the number of completed comparisons using the progress bar. On average, each comparison should not take more than a minute.
All the data collected in this experiment will be held in strict confidence. We do not ask for or collect any personally identifiable information (for example name, gender, IP address, etc.). All the data will be stored on password protected and encrypted web server in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at MSU for at least three years after the project closes. Access to all the data is limited to the research team members Dr. Anil K. Jain, Dr. Jiayu Zhou, Tarang Chugh, Sunpreet Arora and Dr. Kai Cao at MSU and biometric research group(s) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The data will also be accessible to the MSU IRB.
On request, and within these restrictions, results may be made available to you. If you have any questions or concerns about this study, such as scientific issues, how to answer any part of it, or to report any technical error, please contact Dr. Anil K. Jain at 3115 Engineering Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions or concerns about your role and rights as a research participant, would like to obtain information or offer input, or would like to register a complaint about this study, you may contact, anonymously if you wish, Michigan State University's Human Research Protection Program at 517-355-2180, Fax 517-432-4503, or e-mail email@example.com or regular mail at 408 W. Circle Drive, 207 Olds Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824.