Face Lab

Face Lab


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Face Lab conducts research into the digital creative agenda


Face Lab, directed by Professor Caroline Wilkinson, 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:

The 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 has an international reputation and contributes to international policy, cultural enrichment and expert training. She has collaborated frequently with museums, the media and other organisations, including 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.

Face Lab collaborates with internationally renowned artists and has previously worked with Turner Prize nominees Jane and Louise Wilson on We Put the World Before You and Gina Czarnecki on Heirloom.

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Director: Prof Caroline Wilkinson
RA: Mark Roughley, Lambros Pantsios
PDRAs: Dr Sarah Shrimpton
GTA: Kathryn Smith
Project manager: Jessica Liu
PGRs: Isabel Burton
Visiting researcher: Dr Maria Castañeyra Ruiz

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