Opendata, web and dolomites


In search of uniqueness - harnessing anatomical hand variation

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 H-Unique project word cloud

Explore the words cloud of the H-Unique project. It provides you a very rough idea of what is the project "H-Unique" about.

extract    reliably    discriminatory    hard    compare    first    biometric    multimodal    science    displays    profile    scars    computer    morphometry    image    automated    human    superficial    multiplicity    variation    variants    soft    images    admissible    full    repeatably    examine    forensic    interrogation    breakthrough    anthropologists    retains    resolution    dataset    search    previously    retro    reconstruct    vital    position    citizen    anatomists    traction    auto    transdisciplinary    active    gaining    formed    tattoos    engineered    collect    inherent    acquired    genetics    truth    geneticists    source    extraction    permit    engagement    vein    bioinformaticians    visible    ground    searching    ranging    interpretation    standard    release    accident    anatomy    skin    scientists    environment    ideal    fingerprints    algorithms    aetiologies    crease    combinatorial    lighting    pioneer    locked    domains    pattern    either    pigmentation    data    quality    stored    interdisciplinary    uniqueness    legally    biometrics    anatomical    attempted    datasets   

Project "H-Unique" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
address: BAILRIGG
postcode: LA1 4YW

contact info
title: n.a.
name: n.a.
surname: n.a.
function: n.a.
email: n.a.
telephone: n.a.
fax: n.a.

 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 2˙495˙377 €
 EC max contribution 2˙495˙377 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-01-01   to  2023-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER UK (LANCASTER) coordinator 2˙133˙709.00
2    UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE UK (DUNDEE) participant 361˙668.00


 Project objective

H-unique will be the first multimodal automated interrogation of visible hand anatomy, through analysis and interpretation of human variation. It will be an interdisciplinary project, supported by anatomists, anthropologists, geneticists, bioinformaticians, image analysts and computer scientists. We will investigate inherent and acquired variation in search of uniqueness, as the hand retains and displays a multiplicity of anatomical variants formed by different aetiologies (genetics, development, environment, accident etc). Hard biometrics, such as fingerprints, are well understood and some soft biometrics are gaining traction within both biometric and forensic domains (e.g. superficial vein pattern, skin crease pattern, morphometry, scars, tattoos and pigmentation pattern). A combinatorial approach of soft and hard biometrics has not been previously attempted from images of the hand. We will pioneer the development of new methods that will release the full extent of variation locked within the visible anatomy of the human hand and reconstruct its discriminatory profile as a retro-engineered multimodal biometric. A significant step change is required in the science to both reliably and repeatably extract and compare anatomical information from large numbers of images especially when the hand is not in a standard position or when either the resolution or lighting in the image is not ideal. Large datasets are vital for this work to be legally admissible. Through citizen engagement with science, this research will collect images from over 5,000 participants, creating an active, open source, ground-truth dataset. It will examine and address the effects of variable image conditions on data extraction and will design algorithms that permit auto-pattern searching across large numbers of stored images of variable quality. This will provide a major novel breakthrough in the study of anatomical variation, with wide-ranging, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary impact.

Are you the coordinator (or a participant) of this project? Plaese send me more information about the "H-UNIQUE" project.

For instance: the website url (it has not provided by EU-opendata yet), the logo, a more detailed description of the project (in plain text as a rtf file or a word file), some pictures (as picture files, not embedded into any word file), twitter account, linkedin page, etc.

Send me an  email ( and I put them in your project's page as son as possible.

Thanks. And then put a link of this page into your project's website.

The information about "H-UNIQUE" are provided by the European Opendata Portal: CORDIS opendata.

More projects from the same programme (H2020-EU.1.1.)


The Enemy of the Good: Towards a Theory of Moral Progress

Read More  


The Mass Politics of Disintegration

Read More  


Streamlined carbon dioxide conversion in ionic liquids – a platform strategy for modern carbonylation chemistry

Read More