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Virtual Reality and 3D Animation in Forensic Visualization*

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Ma, Minhua, Zheng, Huiru and Lallie, Harjinder (2010) Virtual Reality and 3D Animation in Forensic Visualization*. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 55 (5). p. 1227. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01453.x

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01453.x

Abstract

Computer-generated three-dimensional (3D) animation is an ideal media to accurately visualize crime or accident scenes to the viewers and in the courtrooms. Based upon factual data, forensic animations can reproduce the scene and demonstrate the activity at various points in time. The use of computer animation techniques to reconstruct crime scenes is beginning to replace the traditional illustrations, photographs, and verbal descriptions, and is becoming popular in today’s forensics. This article integrates work in the areas of 3D graphics, computer vision, motion tracking, natural language processing, and forensic computing, to investigate the state-of-the-art in forensic visualization. It identifies and reviews areas where new applications of 3D digital technologies and artificial intelligence could be used to enhance particular phases of forensic visualization to create 3D models and animations automatically and quickly. Having discussed the relationships between major crime types and level-of-detail in corresponding forensic animations, we recognized that high level-of-detail animation involving human characters, which is appropriate for many major crime types but has had limited use in courtrooms, could be useful for crime investigation.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
ID Code:16618
Deposited By:Dr Huiru Zheng
Deposited On:06 Dec 2010 11:18
Last Modified:06 Dec 2010 11:18

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