Marta graduated in Dentistry at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana (Brazil) and specialises in Forensic Odontology and Dental Prosthodontics. She gained her MSc in Oral Biology and a PhD in Forensic Odontology at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Her research focuses on the comparison of facial and ear structures through the analysis of 2D and 3D images for human identification purposes. As a member of the Face Lab research group, she is developing research on deep faces and real-time 3D facial animation.
Marta has previously worked as an invited lecturer of the training course in Facial and Ear Image Comparisons at the National Institute of Criminalistics of the Brazilian Federal Police and she is an author and co-author of technical materials that support this organization in training forensic examiners.
She is a professional member of the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG) and holds a Facial Identification training from Ideal Innovations, Inc. (USA).
Face Lab is part of the Institute of Art and Technology (IAT) at Liverpool School of Art and Design. Face Lab focuses on digital creative research. Face Lab explores faces and art-science applications, including craniofacial analysis, 3D/4D facial depiction and animation, and forensic art, using state of the art technology.
Machado CEP, Pinheiro Flores M, Lima LNC, Tinoco RLR, Franco A, Bezerra ACB, Evison MP, Guimaraes MA. 2017. A new approach for the analysis of facial growth and age estimation: Iris ratio. PLoS One, 7 DOI Public Url
Pinheiro Flores M, Machado CEP, Gallidabino MD, Arruda GHMD, da Silva RHA, Vidal FDB, Melani RFH. Comparative Assessment of a Novel Photo‐Anthropometric Landmark‐Positioning Approach for the Analysis of Facial Structures on Two‐Dimensional Images Journal of Forensic Sciences, DOI Public Url
Porto LF, Lima LNC, Pinheiro Flores M, Valsecchi A, Ibanez O, Machado CEP, Vidal FDB. Automatic cephalometric landmarks detection on frontal faces: an approach based on supervised learning techniques Digital Investigation, DOI Public Url
Borges DL, Vidal FDB, Pinheiro Flores M, Melani RFH, Guimaraes MA, Machado CEP. Photoanthropometric face iridial proportions for age estimation: An investigation using features selected via a joint mutual information criterion Forensic Science International, DOI
Terada ASSD, Araujo LG, Pinheiro Flores M, da Silva RHA. Responsabilidad Civil del Cirujano-Dentista: Análisis de las Demandas Presentadas en el Municipio de Ribeirão Preto-São Paulo, Brasil International Journal of Odontostomatology, 8 :365-369 Publisher Url
Liu C, Wilkinson C, Pinheiro Flores M. Rubens Painting comparison Facial Comparison Report :1-13
Engagement & Impact
Discriminatory power of photo-anthropometric facial measures in the distinction of identical twins, International Congress of Forensic Sciences (Interforensics), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Oral presentation. 2019
Development and assessment of a novel photo-anthropometric landmarking approach for the analysis of facial structures on two-dimensional images, 8th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference - EAFS, Lyon (France), Poster presentation. 2018
Evaluation of stability of facial measures: a photo-anthropometric longitudinal study, 8th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference - EAFS, Lyon (France), Poster presentation. 2018
Facial image comparison on Brazil’s perspective, 1st INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium, Lyon (France), Oral presentation. 2017
Forensic Facial Analysis Software (SAFF-2D): A facial mapping tool for two-dimensional images, Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) Annual Autumn Conference, Forensics biometrics: the future, Nottingham (United Kingdom), Oral presentation. 2017
Human identification by the ears, 24th National Congress of Criminalistics and 7th International Congress of Criminal Science, Florianopolis (Brazil)., Oral presentation. 2017
Photo-anthropometric Facial Analysis: Variability of Landmarking Points and Forensic Implication, 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences -IAFS, Toronto (Canada), Poster presentation. 2017
Photo-anthropometry: use of iridian proportions taken from facial frontal images to estimate age, 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences -IAFS, Toronto (Canada), Poster presentation. 2017
Classification reproducibility of morphological features for forensic facial identification purposes, International Dental Congress of Bahia (CIOBA), Salvador (Brazil), Oral presentation. 2016
Forensic Facial Image Analysis as a tool for Human Identification, 13rd Brazilian Congress of Forensic Dentistry, Lauro de Freitas (Brazil), Oral presentation. 2016
Protocol of Human Identification in Forensic Dentistry, Congreso Internacional de la Universidad Autónoma del Paraguay, Paraguay, Oral presentation. 2012
Description of technique for chewing gum reproduction in Forensic Dentistry, 34th Ribeirao Preto Dental Congress, Ribeirao Preto (Brazil), Oral presentation. 2012
Forensic Dentistry, Scientific Happy Hour of Forensic Dentistry, Ribeirao Preto (Brazil), Oral presentation. 2012
Protocol of Human Identification used by the Forensic Dentistry team of the Ribeirao Preto Dentistry College, 34th Ribeirao Preto Dental Congress, Ribeirao Preto (Brazil), Oral presentation. 2012
The dental element as a forensic information source, Scientific Happy Hour of Forensic Dentistry, Ribeirao Preto (Brazil), Oral presentation. 2012
Membership of professional bodies:
Associate Member, Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG), https://fiswg.org/index.htm. 2017
Member, Scientific Group of Craniofacial Identification (FACISGroup). 2014
Member, Brazilian Association of Legal Dentistry, https://www.portalabol.com.br/. 2011
Research Grants Awarded:
Higher Education Personnel Improvement Coordination – CAPES, Exchange Doctoral Program grant awarded for collaborative work at the Northumbria University (Newcastle Upon Tyne - England), Grant value (£): 80,000.00. 2017
Higher Education Personnel Improvement Coordination – CAPES, Forensic Anthropology applied to the Brazilian reality: development, improvement and validation of methodologies and protocols of examinations in forensic anthropology, medicine and dentistry. Public notice nº. 25/2014 (Pro-Forenses), Grant value (£): 80,000. 2014
Other Professional Activity:
Collaborator of the DVI Training Project for Major Events, National Police Academy (Brazil) - 08.2012.
Coordinator and Lecturer of the Face and Ear Image Comparison course, National Police Academy, Federal Police (Brazil) - Nov 2014.
Forensic Anthropologist - Anthropological and dental biological profiling, Center of Forensic Medicine (CEMEL – FMRP/USP) - Jan 2012/Dec 2016.
Internship - Professional Practice in Forensic Dentistry, Dentistry College of Ribeirao Preto, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) - Jan 2013/Dec 2013.
Internship in the Teaching Improvement Program, Dentistry College, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) - Feb 2013/Jun 2015.
Invited Lecturer of auxiliary identification methods: queiloscopy and palatal rugae, Dentistry College of Ribeirao Preto, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) - Mar 2012/Jul 2014.
Invited Lecturer of Face and Ear Image Comparisons, UNEF - Higher Education Unit of Feira de Santana (Brazil) - Dec 2017.
Invited Lecturer of the Dental Auditors Training Course, Brazilian Superior Court of Justice (STJ) - Mar 2014.
Lecturer of Face and Ear Image Comparisons, National Police Academy, Federal Police (Brazil) - Aug 2013/May 2018.
Nomination to integrate the Group of Archeology and Forensics Anthropology (GAAF), Brazilian Human Rights Secretariat, Presidency of the Republic - Nov 2013/Nov 2014.