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Fast, Unbiased & Accurate Human Identification: Artificial Intelligence at the service of Physical and Forensic Anthropology

Project description

Using AI to identify bodies

Body identification is difficult during times of mass disasters and mass migration. It’s one of the biggest challenges facing forensic scientists today. Cases of unidentified bodies are constantly increasing highlighting the need for modern, fast and reliable identification systems. Artificial intelligence (AI) could be the answer. The EU-funded SKELETONID project brings an innovative computer-based automatic pattern recognition methodology for body identification. The model applies AI methods to automatic forensic processes such as craniofacial superimposition, comparative radiography and biological profile estimation. The SKELETONID platform offers a reliable, quick and low-cost forensic instrument that can be complemented with other solutions.


The increasing number of mass disasters, and the untraceable (and shameful) number of unidentified people worldwide, combined with new challenges due to mass migrations, pose human identification as a great challenge in the preservation and defense of human rights in today’s society. There is an urgent need to provide forensic practitioners with accurate, robust, unbiased and automate identification systems. The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to develop those tools, however there is an absence of industrial initiatives exploiting these emerging technologies that have so far curbed its application to practical identification scenarios. SKELETON-ID fills this technological gap by bringing a novel computer-aided automatic paradigm for human identification based on forensic anthropology methods, thanks to our innovative own-developed methodologies and AI-based automation algorithms. We apply methods of AI to automate identification techniques such as Craniofacial Superimposition and Comparative Radiography, through unbiased and accurate analysis and comparison of ante-mortem data (pictures, X-ray) with post-mortem 3D bone models; and Biological Profile estimation, both dead and alive, from X-ray to 2D and 3D images. Our platform provides a fast and low-cost forensic tool that offers complementary methods to other solutions and is applicable when other techniques are not (e.g. decomposed bodies, lack of trustable records). With SKELETON-ID, Panacea C. Research (a Spanish SME) aspires to be a global reference in the area of physical and forensic anthropology. In the long term, we envision becoming a human group highly qualified and specialized, capable of generating and hosting new ideas and products with a transforming effect.This project will greatly impact our company. We estimate that 3 years after project completion (by 2024), SKELETON-ID will bring us additional €7,41M revenues, allowing to grow our team to 43 people (+37 from current).

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
C/ave maria 4-6b
24402 Ponferrada

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Centro (ES) Castilla y León León
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 21 429,00