PIN generation using EEG: a stability study
by Ramaswamy Palaniappan; Kenneth Revett
International Journal of Biometrics (IJBM), Vol. 6, No. 2, 2014

Abstract: In a previous study, it has been shown that brain activity, i.e., electroencephalogram (EEG) signals, can be used to generate personal identification number (PIN). The method was based on brain-computer interface (BCI) technology using a P300-based BCI approach and showed that a single-channel EEG was sufficient to generate PIN without any error for three subjects. The advantage of this method is obviously its better fraud resistance compared to conventional methods of PIN generation such as entering the numbers using a keypad. Here, we investigate the stability of these EEG signals when used with a neural network classifier, i.e., to investigate the changes in the performance of the method over time. Our results, based on recording conducted over a period of three months, indicate that a single channel is no longer sufficient and a multiple electrode configuration is necessary to maintain acceptable performances. Alternatively, a recording session to retrain the neural network classifier can be conducted on shorter intervals, though practically this might not be viable.

Online publication date: Fri, 23-May-2014

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