EvoFIT: A holistic, evolutionary facial imaging technique for creating composites

Frowd, Charlie orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-5082-1259, Hancock, Peter J. B. and Carson, Derek (2004) EvoFIT: A holistic, evolutionary facial imaging technique for creating composites. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP), 1 (1). pp. 19-39. ISSN 1544-3558

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1145/1008722.1008725


EvoFIT, a computerized facial composite system is being developed as an alternative to current systems. EvoFIT faces are initially presented to a witness with random characteristics, but through a process of selection and breeding, a composite is “evolved.” Comparing composites constructed with E-FIT, a current system, a naming rate of 10% was found for EvoFIT and 17% for E-FIT. Analysis revealed that target age was limiting factor for EvoFIT and a second study with age-appropriate targets visible during composite construction produced a naming rate similar to E-FIT. Two more-realistic studies were conducted that involved young target faces and two current systems (E-FIT and PROfit). Composites from both of these experiments were poorly named but a significant benefit emerged for EvoFIT.

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