Measuring and recording anatomical variation in hands

H-unique

In search of uniqueness - harnessing anatomical hand variation

“The hand retains and displays many anatomical differences due to our genetics, development, environment or even accidents so each person’s hands are different. Now for the first time, researchers will analyse all the factors that make a hand truly unique so we can understand and use them reliably as evidence to identify individuals.” - Professor Sue Black

H-unique is a five year, €2.5m programme of research that will be the first multimodal automated interrogation of visible hand anatomy, through analysis and interpretation of human variation via images. It is an interdisciplinary project, supported by anatomists, anthropologists, geneticists, bioinformaticians, image analysts and computer scientists. We will investigate the inherent and acquired variation in search of uniqueness, as the hand retains and displays a multiplicity of anatomical variants formed by different aetiologies (genetics, development, environment, accident etc). The project has arisen directly from Prof. Black’s ground-breaking research in relation to the forensic identification of individuals from images of their anatomy in child abuse cases.

To help with this research we will shortly be calling on 5,000 ‘citizen scientists’ to contribute images to the world’s first searchable database of the anatomy and variations of the human hand. To register an interest in this exciting initiative please email us.

We are now recruiting

This exciting opportunity has arisen directly from the ground-breaking research undertaken by Prof Dame Sue Black in relation to the forensic identification of individuals from images of their anatomy that are captured primarily within IIOC (indecent images of children).

Anniversary Lectureship in Biometrics and Human Identification

Salary £35,210 to £48,676
Closing Date Monday 25 March 2019
Interview Date To be confirmed
Reference A2561
More Information Apply online

Senior Research Associates
(2 posts)

Salary £34,189 to £39,609
Closing Date Monday 25 March 2019
Interview Date Thursday 11 April 2019
Reference A2560
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Database Manager

Salary £34,189 to £39,609
Closing Date Monday 25 March 2019
Interview Date Thursday 11 April 2019
Reference A2579
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People

Sue Black

Professor, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Engagement

+44 (0)1524 594282

Centre for Biophotonics, Centre for Technological Futures , Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, SCC Data Science Group, Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Academic Centre of Excellence), Security Lancaster (Cyber Security)

+44 (0)1524 510391

Dr Hossein Rahmani

Lecturer in Data Science

Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, SCC Data Science Group

D17, D - Floor, InfoLab21

Professor Nigel Davies

Distinguished Professor

CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research, Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Energy Lancaster

+44 (0)1524 510327