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NCJ Number: 31263 Find in a Library
Title: COMPUTERIZED POLICE ARTIST (FROM CARNAHAN CONFERENCE ON CRIME COUNTERMEASURES, 1975 - PROCEEDINGS BY JOHN S JACKSON - SEE NCJ-31252)
Author(s): M L GILLENSEN
Corporate Author: University of Kentucky
College of Engineering
United States of America

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Lexington Section
United States of America

Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Lexington, KY
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS PAPER DESCRIBES 'WHATSISFACE,' THE WORLD'S FIRST COMPUTERIZED FACIAL COMPOSITOR AND ITS POTENTIAL FOR USE IN CREATING SKETCHES OF A SUSPECT'S FACE FROM A WITNESS' VERBAL DESCRIPTION.
Abstract: IN ITS EXISTING CONFIGURATION, THE 'WHATSISFACE' SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO PERMIT A NON-ARTIST AND NON-COMPUTER SPECIALIST TO CONSTRUCT, ON A COMPUTER GRAPHICS DISPLAY, A RECOGNIZABLE SKETCH OF ANY MALE, CAUCASIAN FACE (FRONT VIEW) FROM A PHOTOGRAPH OF THAT FACE IN FRONT OF HIM. IN 'WHATSISFACE', THE COMPUTER SYSTEM CONTAINS PRE-STORED FACIAL FEATURES, AN AVERAGE FACE USED AS A STARTING POINT, AND A HEURISTIC STRATEGY WHICH GUIDES THE USER IN THE GENERATION OF THE TWO-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE. THE USER MAKES ALL THE VISUAL DECISIONS AND MAKES CHANGES IN THE DISPLAYED IMAGE BY ADJUSTING ANALOG INPUT DEVICES. OTHER ASPECTS OF THE DESIGN AND EVALUATION OF THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING SUGGESTIONS FOR CRIMINOLOGICAL VERSIONS ARE DEALT WITH IN DETAIL. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Automated police information systems; Computer aided operations; Police artists; Suspect identification
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