On humanoid robots imitating human touch gestures on the smart phone

Sujit Poudel, Abdul Serwadda, Vir V. Phoha

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Abstract

We showcase an attack in which an autonomous humanoid robot is trained to execute touch gestures that match those of a target user. Different from past work which addressed a similar problem using a Lego robot, we harness the significant processing power and unique motoric capabilities of the autonomous humanoid robot to implement an attack that: (1) executes touch gestures with high precision, (2) is easily adapted to execute gestures on different touch screen devices, and (3) requires minimal human involvement. Relative to the traditional zero-effort impostor attacks, we show, based on a dataset of 26 users, that our attack significantly degrades the performance of touch-based authentication systems. In addition to the paper highlighting the threat that sophisticated adversaries pose to touch-based authentication systems, our robotic attack design provides a blueprint for much needed impostor testing mechanisms that simulate algorithmic (or sophisticated) adversaries against touch-based authentication systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE 7th International Conference on Biometrics Theory, Applications and Systems, BTAS 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479987764
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 16 2015
Event7th IEEE International Conference on Biometrics Theory, Applications and Systems, BTAS 2015 - Arlington, United States
Duration: Sep 8 2015Sep 11 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE 7th International Conference on Biometrics Theory, Applications and Systems, BTAS 2015

Other

Other7th IEEE International Conference on Biometrics Theory, Applications and Systems, BTAS 2015
CountryUnited States
CityArlington
Period9/8/159/11/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Biomedical Engineering

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    Poudel, S., Serwadda, A., & Phoha, V. V. (2015). On humanoid robots imitating human touch gestures on the smart phone. In 2015 IEEE 7th International Conference on Biometrics Theory, Applications and Systems, BTAS 2015 [7358781] (2015 IEEE 7th International Conference on Biometrics Theory, Applications and Systems, BTAS 2015). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/BTAS.2015.7358781