Face Lab

Face Lab


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Face Lab conducts research into the digital creative agenda

Director: Professor Caroline Wilkinson

Face Lab focuses on the digital creative agenda. Specifically, Face Lab explores faces and art-science applications. Face Lab’s research includes:

  • the further development of a 3D computerized craniofacial depiction system, utilizing existing 3D modelling software and haptic technology
  • the development of a database of anatomical structures and facial features
  • the use of cutting edge technology in facial depiction, animation and recognition

The craniofacial computer system has been employed to analyse, authenticate and/or depict the faces of key historical figures, such as:

  • Richard III
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Robert Burns
  • J.S Bach   
  • Rameses II
  • Arsinoe: the sister of Cleopatra
  • St Nicholas                 

The craniofacial computer system has also analysed, authenticated and/or depicted people from the past from skeletal remains, death masks and portraits. This work has directly influenced current digital human research, especially in relation to the creation of 3D facial avatars and facial recognition.

Professor Wilkinson, Director of Face Lab, has an international reputation and contributes to international policy, cultural enrichment and expert training. Professor Wilkinson has collaborated frequently with museums and the media, especially relating to craniofacial depiction of people from the past. For example, Professor Wilkinson has worked with: the National Museum of Scotland, National Museum of Ireland, Museum of London, Egyptian Museum of Cairo, FBI Academy, Interpol, Moesgaard Museum, Manchester Museum and the Fraunhofer Institute.