Applying biometric principles to avatar recognition

Marina L. Gavrilova, University of Calgary
Roman V. Yampolskiy, University of Louisville


Domestic and industrial robots, intelligent software agents, virtual world avatars and other artificial entities are quickly becoming a part of our everyday life. Just like it is necessary to accurately authenticate identity of human beings, it is becoming essential to be able to determine identities of non-biological agents. In this paper, we present the current state of the art in virtual reality security, focusing specifically on emerging methodologies for avatar authentication. We also outline future directions and potential applications for this high impact research field. © 2010 IEEE.