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ShoeExpert: Automated imprint recognition

The aim of the ShoeExpert project was to develop an assistance system for automated acquisition, analysis and classification of shoe and tyre prints.

Acquired 3D data of footprint (software screenshot)
Acquired 3D data of footprint (software screenshot)
Pattern determination through triangulation
Pattern determination through triangulation

Amongst others, forensics deal with the acquisition and analysis of crime scene evidence such as footprints. In the past, these activities were mostly performed manually and thus required a great amount of resources.

It was the aim of the ShoeExpert project to engineer a system for automatic classification of evidence. In close cooperation with Projectina AG, the IMS developed an assistance system which automatises the acquisition, analysis and classification of shoe and tyre prints. It allows to reliably compare acquired 2D and 3D prints and to filter analogies which can then be submitted to detailed expert analysis.

Project details

Co-financed by the CTI

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Contact IMS:

Prof. Dr. Hans Wernher van de Venn

Prof. Dr. Hans Wernher van de Venn

ZHAW School of Engineering
Institute of Mechatronic Systems
Technikumstrasse 5
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 77 89
wernher.vandevenn@zhaw.ch