Face Lab wins Research Team of the Year



Liverpool John Moores University’s Face Lab has scooped the 2019 Educate North Research Team of the Year Award, for its innovative techniques in craniofacial identification and forensic art.

Members of Face Lab receiving the award

Face Lab, directed by Professor Caroline Wilkinson, is part of ART LABS Research Centre based within the Liverpool School of Art and Design, and the team focus their research on digital creative applications, exploring faces and art-science applications.

Since its inception in 2014, Face Lab has advanced the development of a 3D computerised craniofacial depiction system, utilising existing 3D modelling software and haptic technology. It has continued to develop a database of anatomical structures and facial features; using cutting-edge technology in facial depiction from human remains for forensic, historical and archaeological investigation.

Public engagement is deeply integrated into Face Lab’s work. Projects have included facial depictions of King Richard III, Robert the Bruce and St Nicholas and Face Lab conducts a wide range of public activities generating cultural enrichment through museum exhibition and media coverage. From international museums and exhibitions, to summer schools, public lectures and forensic case work, Face Lab has delivered cutting-edge projects and highly valuable public activities.

In the last 12 months two Face Lab PG research students have completed their PhDs, with two students due to complete within the next two years. Students from elsewhere in Europe via Erasmus and international postdoctoral researchers have secured residential posts with Face Lab, while a number of masters research projects are being undertaken between Face Lab and international universities.

Professor Wilkinson commented: “We are delighted to have won this award, which recognises Face Lab’s interdisciplinary contribution to research relating to craniofacial identification and forensic art. The Face Lab research team leads on knowledge transfer into the community, including public awareness of science and art, historical investigation, cultural enrichment and innovation.”

Pictured, from left, are Jim Hancock, former Political Editor of BBC North West, LJMU’s Professor Robin Leatherbarrow, Mark Roughley, Dr Sarah Shrimpton and Dr Jessica Liu, with University of Chester’s Professor Phil Harris, Chair of Educate North judging panel.



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