Craniofacial identification involves the depiction and analysis of unidentified bodies through post-mortem depiction, facial reconstruction, craniofacial superimposition and skull reassembly. Forensic art also involves witness interviews to produce facial sketches/composites, age progression images and facial image comparison.
The Centre is involved in craniofacial research relating to CCTV identification, post-mortem decomposition, ancestry determination, craniofacial reconstruction, transsexual changes, preserved bodies and facial animation. They are also interested in medical visualisation research relating to virtual dissection, medical education and anatomical variation.
In the past, the team has worked with organisations and families to provide a facial depiction of missing children or prisoners, showing a progression of age in order to stimulate recognition which may lead to identification.