The objective of this competition is to allow researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to compare the performance of different signature verification systems based on common benchmark databases and benchmarking rules. Since on-line handwritten signatures collected via a digitizing tablet or some other pen-based input device can provide very useful dynamic features such as writing speed, pen orientation and pressure in addition to static shape information, only on-line handwritten signature verification will be included in this competition.
However, this event should not be considered as an official certification exercise, since the databases to be used in this competition have only been acquired in laboratory rather than real environments. Moreover, the performance of a system can vary significantly with how forgeries are provided. Furthermore, handwritten signature databases are highly language dependent. Nevertheless, it is hoped that through this exercise, researchers and practitioners could identify areas where possible improvements to their algorithms could be made.
Each participating team may consist of one or more members from an organization. We expect participants to come from both academia and industry. Organizers of this event will not participate in the competition.
Each team will be informed of the results confidentially. The team will then be asked to decide whether to disclose its identity or to remain anonymous in all subsequent publications. This decision is entirely up to each participating team to make after knowing the results.
Registration should be done on-line at the Web site by 30 November 2003. Only registered participants can download the signature databases for the competition.
Each team may register for either one or both of the two signature verification tasks. The major difference between the two tasks is in the information provided by the signature data. The signature data for the first task contain coordinate information only, but the signature data for the second task also contain additional information including pen orientation and pressure. Some sample data are available on the Download page.
Detailed Instructions for Participants