University of Glasgow & Dimensional Imaging Reveal the Hidden Information in Faces

University of Glasgow & DI4D at 2015 RSSSE

The Hidden Information in Faces

The University of Glasgow’s Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology were one of the key exhibitors at the highly prestigious Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition with their ‘Face Facts’ exhibit.

Using a 3D facial imaging system from Dimensional Imaging, the exhibit highlighted how computer graphics can be used to reveal the information hidden in faces.

Dr. Lisa DeBruine, Reader in the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow explains,

“We scanned over 700 people’s faces at the event: ranging from a 10 month old baby girl to a 100 year old woman. Once each face was scanned and processed, participants were able to interact with their own face in 3D on the touchscreen – by rotating the face to view different angles, or animating itwith different expressions using facial muscle ‘sliders’.

“Participants could also see the location of different face movements using specific colour maps”.

“We also used our computer graphic techniques to make composite faces with the average shape and colour information of the women, men, girls and boys we scanned.”

Professor Philippe G. Schyns, Director at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology said-

“It was a great opportunity to demonstrate to the participants how the use of sophisticated technology transforms psychological research.”

Dr. Rachael Jack, Lecturer in the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology adds,

“Attendees were surprised to find out how our research on dynamic facial expressions has shown that cultures interpret facial expressions differently, whilst having fun at the same time.”

Dr. Lisa DeBruine adds,

Attendees loved having their faces scanned in 3D! Participants could also upload their animations to the ‘Face Facts’ website enabling them to play around with their face and even create new ones.218 people uploaded at least one video to the website and 476 in total were uploaded at the end of the event, which is great news!”

Dr. Colin Urquhart, CEO of Dimensional Imaging said-

We are delighted to have been able to assist the University of Glasgow with its ‘Face Facts’ exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. Capturing high quality 3D facial images is important in identifying the specific combinations of facial movements and morphological features that communicate different social categories such as emotions, personality traits, and health. We are proud that the ‘Face Facts’ team chose to use one of our systems for their world renowned research”.


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