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Fa Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2018 Aug;34(4):363-369. doi: 10.12116/j.issn.1004-5619.2018.04.004. Epub 2018 Aug 25.

Age Estimation and Age-related Facial Reconstruction of Xinjiang Uygur Males by Three-dimensional Human Facial Images.

[Article in Chinese, English; Abstract available in Chinese from the publisher]

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People's Public Security University of China, Beijing 100038, China.
National Engineering Laboratory for Crime Scene Evidence Investigation and Examination, Beijing Engineering Research Center of Crime Scene Evidence Examination, Institute of Forensic Science, Ministry of Public Security, Beijing 100038, China.
Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Shanghai 200031, China.


in English, Chinese


To search age-correlated facial features and construct an age estimation model based on the three-dimensional (3D) facial images of Xinjiang Uygur males, and to structure individual face images of old age and young age.


Pretreatment was performed to collect 105 3D facial images of Xingjiang Uygur males aged between 17-57 years by Artec Studio software. The facial images were transferred to high-density 3D dot matrix data by FaceAnalysis software, and each image could be represented with 32 251 vertexes. Central correction of the facial images was done and all the data were aligned to a standard coordinate frame by generalized Procrustes analysis (GPA). The age estimation model was established by partial least square regression (PLSR). Furthermore, the changes of age-correlated facial features were presented on the heat map of average face, and the reconstruction of facial images at different ages was performed based on this model.


With age, the average faces showed a series of changes including the nasolabial sulcus deepening, cheek sinking, cheekbone protruding and eye corner drooping. The Pearson correlation coefficient (r) between estimated age and chronological age was 0.71. The mean absolute deviation (MAD) of age estimation was 6.37 years. The results of age estimation in >30-40 years group showed a best accuracy (MAD=4.27 years), and the deviations increased with age after 40 years. The composite facial images represented a significant result with age on facial morphological features and aging.


The results of this study reveal the age-correlated facial features and aging markers in Uygur population, which help to construct a reliable age estimation model.


Uygur; Xinjiang; age determination; face; face reconstruction; forensic anthropology; imaging, three-dimensional

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