Dr Vasileios Argyriou, a Kingston University professor, has been part of a team developing an app that can turn ordinary 2D pictures of faces into 3D images.
The team spent 9 months and used over 80,000 faces to teach the system how to automatically recognise a person’s features.
This technology has several uses, such as animation, special effects and games. Argyriou argues that the main purpose is for security.
“So if the police want to identify a person in the crowd, you can quickly reconstruct a picture of a face, because it works not only from the front, but from various angles,” he said.
The app will debut at the International Conference on Computer Vision in Venice later this month.
Watch the video below to hear more about the app.