Face Recognition in Forensic Science

  • Nicole A. SpaunEmail author


In this chapter, we will first explain the current means of comparing faces used by forensic science laboratories. It is a nonautomated process performed by forensic examiners and has been referred to as facial “photographic comparison” or forensic facial identification. Next, we will outline the innovative ways in which facial recognition systems are being used by the forensic community. Lastly, we will discuss the growing future of facial biometrics in the legal system and the increasing (not decreasing) need for human examiners to perform facial identification in combination with the automated facial recognition systems.


Facial Recognition Forensic Science Facial Recognition System Automate Teller Machine Facial Identification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forensic Audio, Video and Image Analysis UnitFederal Bureau of InvestigationQuanticoUSA
  2. 2.United States Army Europe HeadquartersHeidelbergGermany

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