Online signature verification on mobile devices

Napa Sae-Bae, Nasir Memon

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This paper studies online signature verification on touch interface-based mobile devices. A simple and effective method for signature verification is developed. An online signature is represented with a discriminative feature vector derived from attributes of several histograms that can be computed in linear time. The resulting signature template is compact and requires constant space. The algorithm was first tested on the well-known MCYT-100 and SUSIG data sets. The results show that the performance of the proposed technique is comparable and often superior to state-of-the-art algorithms despite its simplicity and efficiency. In order to test the proposed method on finger drawn signatures on touch devices, a data set was collected from an uncontrolled environment and over multiple sessions. Experimental results on this data set confirm the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm in mobile settings. The results demonstrate the problem of within-user variation of signatures across multiple sessions and the effectiveness of cross session training strategies to alleviate these problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6786375
Pages (from-to)933-947
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • behavioral biometric
  • mobile device authentication
  • Online signature
  • performance evaluation
  • template aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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