Scientists Develop Better Methods To Match Police Sketches To Mug Shots

Sketch To Mug ShotReports Michigan State University:

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The long-time practice of using police facial sketches to nab criminals has been, at best, an inexact art. But the process may soon be a little more exact thanks to the work of some Michigan State University researchers.

A team led by MSU University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Anil Jain and doctoral student Brendan Klare has developed a set of algorithms and created software that will automatically match hand-drawn facial sketches to mug shots that are stored in law enforcement databases.

Once in use, Klare said, the implications are huge.

“We’re dealing with the worst of the worst here,” he said. “Police sketch artists aren’t called in because someone stole a pack of gum. A lot of time is spent generating these facial sketches so it only makes sense that they are matched with the available technology to catch these criminals.”

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  • Anonymous

    Thank you for helping the pigs, scientists! Next please show that the obvious fraud of those ‘abstract’ artists is an actual fraud… Oh, wait, you did that. How about we research some Starcraft at Berkeley? http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/01/skynet-meets-the-swarm-how-the-berkeley-overmind-won-the-2010-starcraft-ai-competition.ars/ AWWWW, damn, you guys are way ahead of me! I have another idea! Let’s develop new methods of mind control for the corporations! What? http://astore.amazon.com/mysupchalif-20/detail/1416576142/181-9026176-9754805
    I give up. I guess we’ll have to leave world hunger and global poverty to Miss USA.

  • hucksawyer

    Thank you for helping the pigs, scientists! Next please show that the obvious fraud of those ‘abstract’ artists is an actual fraud… Oh, wait, you did that. How about we research some Starcraft at Berkeley? http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/01/skynet-meets-the-swarm-how-the-berkeley-overmind-won-the-2010-starcraft-ai-competition.ars/ AWWWW, damn, you guys are way ahead of me! I have another idea! Let’s develop new methods of mind control for the corporations! What? http://astore.amazon.com/mysupchalif-20/detail/1416576142/181-9026176-9754805
    I give up. I guess we’ll have to leave world hunger and global poverty to Miss USA.

  • Giblois

    I did the sketch pictured. It is not a fraud. The detective simply laid it on his desk and a detective in the next cubicle recognized the man as a person for whom he searched who stole trucks, dealt drugs, threatened locals and was suspected in other homicides. For this sketch, which helped solve the case in one minute, was taken from a female who had just returned from the funeral of her 18-month old baby. When the man pictured next tot he sketch ripped the purse off her arm, her husband gave chase and was shot to death by the man in the photo. Three witnesses picked him out of a line up. A jury of his peers convicted him. His cohorts in the crime confessed to involvment in the murder. Jackkane who is crippled with anger should tell his displeasure to the widow of our murdered man over the quality of a drawing that got her justice.

  • Giblois

    I did the sketch pictured. It is not a fraud. The detective simply laid it on his desk and a detective in the next cubicle recognized the man as a person for whom he searched who stole trucks, dealt drugs, threatened locals and was suspected in other homicides. For this sketch, which helped solve the case in one minute, was taken from a female who had just returned from the funeral of her 18-month old baby. When the man pictured next tot he sketch ripped the purse off her arm, her husband gave chase and was shot to death by the man in the photo. Three witnesses picked him out of a line up. A jury of his peers convicted him. His cohorts in the crime confessed to involvment in the murder. Jackkane who is crippled with anger should tell his displeasure to the widow of our murdered man over the quality of a drawing that got her justice.

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