Welcome To The H-Unique Project

H-unique is a five year, €2.5m programme of research aiming to investigate and quantify variability in the visible anatomical features of the human hand. To do this we are compiling the world’s largest database of human hand images to allow thorough analysis and interpretation.

The project has arisen directly from Professor Sue Black‘s ground-breaking research in relation to the forensic identification of perpetrators from images of their anatomy in indecent images of children and associated criminal cases.

The following short animation summarises the aims and activities of the project and how you can help our research.

To find out how to contribute hand images to our database and help our research, please visit the contibution page. If you have any questions or enquiries about the project please use our contact page to message the team directly.

Latest News

  • Latest Research
    A new rearch paper authored by Dr. Zheheng Jiang was presented at the 2023 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) in Vancouver, Canada. Titled A Probabilistic Attention Model with Occlusion-aware Texture Regression for 3D Hand Reconstruction from a Single RGB Image, this paper describes a groundbreaking method of constructing a 3-dimensional model of… Read more: Latest Research
  • Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
    We are delighted to announce that Professor Sue Black will be giving the 2022 Royal Institution Christmas Lecture series, where she will discuss her work and the secrets of the scientifc process she uses to identify the dead and the living The 2022 CHRISTMAS LECTURES will be broadcast on BBC Four and iPlayer at 8pm on the 26th,… Read more: Royal Institution Christmas Lectures