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Thursday 28 March 2019, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
The Seminar Series is open to all and free to attend, so please feel free to come along, join the seminar and meet with Prof. Dame Sue Black after with tea, coffee and biscuits. For catering purposes, please register your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for our March seminar as we welcome Prof Dame Sue Black, our Pro Vice Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University, as she talks about her research which focuses on identification of perpetrators of criminal acts from video and still images, most commonly associated with offences against children.
We are all comfortable with the value of fingerprints as a reasonably reliable biometric and one that has a high discriminatory capacity in establishing the identity of an individual. But just how different is every human hand and is there a combinatorial approach that will allow us to go beyond the probability of even DNA to establish uniqueness? This talk will focus on previous research that has helped the courts to secure hundreds of years of prison sentencing for those who photograph the abuse of children. The new work about to commence at Lancaster intends to advance on this work and see the human hand develop as a new multimodal biometric that will challenge the way that we consider human variation.
Biography of speaker
Prof Dame Sue Black is Pro Vice Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University. She is an anatomist and a forensic anthropologist and her expertise has helped in many criminal investigations as well as war crimes in Kosovo and mass fatality events including the Asian tsunami. However her research focuses on the identification of perpetrators of criminal acts from video and still images, most commonly associated with offences against children. With ERC funding, her team at Lancaster will be looking to automate the process of anatomical identification from images to determine whether the human hand really is unique.
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