Colloquium: “Topological approaches to fingerprint identification”

Marshall University Math Colloquium
April 22, 2005

Bonnie Shook
Marshall University

Abstract
In this talk, I will analyze the topology of different types of fingerprints in order to find a new tool to assist in computer identification. I will focus on the homology groups of the main types of fingerprints – loops, whorls, and arches – and their variations. I will examine if there are fundamental differences between the homological features of these types.