RECOD Lab. is proud to announce that our bid to Horizon 2020 European Union — IDENTITY: Computer Vision Enabled Multimedia Forensics and People Identification — was approved. That is a multi-partner project led by Prof. Chang-Tsun Li
(University of Warwick, UK) and Prof. Anderson Rocha (RECOD). The project will last 48 months and will enable RECOD to host researchers from UK, Greece, Italy, and Austria.
Forensics is a well-established science that aims at applying various disciplines to law enforcement, both civil and criminal, in order to solve questions related to crimes. It is mainly concerned with proving and investigating infringements, identifying perpetrators and describing modus operandi. Biometrics, on the other hand, is a relatively new science that aims at measuring and analysing a person’s unique characteristics, both behavioural and physical. It is mainly concerned with the development of technological solutions to extract and evaluate a person’s biometric data mainly for verification and identification purposes.
The potential of applying biometrics to forensics comes natural as several forensic questions rely on identifying, or verifying the identity, of people allegedly involved in crimes. Although these two scientific communities have operated in relative isolation over the past couple of decades, forensic biometrics have been successfully applied through the development automatic fingerprint identification systems (AFIS), and most recently, through the development of face recognition systems. The potential of forensics biometrics, however, can be extended to other biometric traits, such as iris and gait analysis.
This RISE proposal aims at continuing supporting the development of the forensic biometric community. It stems from previous efforts to foster cooperation between these two areas through the COST Action IC1106 – Integrating Biometrics and Forensics for the Digital Age. During the last five years, several improvements in the biometric community have resulted in more robust technologies for face, fingerprint, iris and gait recognition, which can now be applied to practical scenarios.
This proposal also aims at consolidating the integration of multimedia forensics into the forensic science. Multimedia forensics is concerned with the development of scientific methods to extract, analyse and categorise digital evidence derived from multimedia sources, such as imaging devices. For example, developing technologies to identify, categorise and classify the source of images and video, as well as to authenticate and verify the integrity of their content. Since the enabling technologies in multimedia forensics are similar to those used for identification and verification purposes in biometric forensics, the integration of these areas is seamless. The proposed project will then support the integration of knowledge and expertise from the forensics, biometrics and multimedia forensics communities. To this end, the proposal will involve not only scientific partners, but also industrial partners and senior police forensic investigators (as advisors), which will be key to facilitate the dissemination of technologies and knowledge in practical scenarios, for example through the development of commercial products and use cases.
Quality, innovative aspects and credibility of the research
The main objective of IDENTITY is to enhance international and European collaborations in research, entrepreneurial development and innovation within the area of multimedia and biometric forensics. To this end, IDENTITY has the following specific objectives:
- To promote knowledge transfer among research institutions and private companies about methodologies for identification within a forensic context. Two main lines of identification are considered, imaging device identification for multimedia forensics, and people identification, for biometric forensics.
- To enhance research programs by incorporating experience of private companies and police investigators from real identification scenarios and forensic cases.
- To disseminate knowledge and technologies internationally to ensure a wide impact and a continuing fostering of the multimedia forensics and biometric forensics communities.
- RECOD Lab., University of Campinas, Brazil
- Xlab, Slovenia
- Digital Barriers SAS, France
- University of Warwick, UK
- Institut Eurecom, Greece
- University of Sassari, Italy
- Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS), Austria
- Social Currencies Management, Spain
- Michigan State University, USA
- Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
- Hong Kong Baptist University, China
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- South China University of Technology, China
- Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT Delhi), India