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H-unique, In search of uniqueness - harnessing anatomical hand variation

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

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Active

Start date

September 2019

What we are doing

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. 

Why we are doing it

The project 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. Sue Black’s ground-breaking research in relation to the forensic identification of individuals from images of their anatomy in child abuse cases.

How we will do it

To help with this research the project 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 contact the team at the University of Lancaster.

People

Project lead(s)

Professor Lucina Hackman

External team members

Professor Dame Sue Black

Partners

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a drawing of a human hand

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

H-unique, University of Lancaster

“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 Dame Sue Black

Register your interest

To help with this research the project 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. Register an interest in this exciting initiative through the team at the University of Lancaster.

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Enquiries

Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science

LRCFSPublicEngagement@dundee.ac.uk