Your face tells the world who you are. Your face tells your story: family history, ethnicity, and ethnography. Facial structure is linked to health and genetics. Facetopo believes humankind is united by differences as well as similarities. Take the first step in mapping out your story. 

Facetopo is a global science project to build a taxonomy of adult faces (age 14+) using crowd-sourced face data. Facetopo will map, measure, quantify, and compare a huge variety of human facial morphology. 

Facetopo scientists hope to increase our understanding of variation in human facial phenotypes. By deriving a network of relationships through facial analysis we hope to discover connections between all faces around the globe.

Help the Facetopo community grow by sharing your Facetopo with your friends! 

Have you ever wondered why Peruvian faces resemble Tibetan faces? By mapping and comparing a wide variety of faces from all over the world, we hope to discover connections between peoples -- and people.

Are you curious about #whatsinaface? Make your FaceTopo today. FAQ


FaceTopo is a global citizen science project to build a taxonomy of adult faces. Today's networked world enables citizen science: non-scientists contributing data for scientific research. FaceTopo's data is crowd-sourced via the FaceTopo app which enables anyone (age 14+) to create a 3D topological face map using a smartphone or tablet. 

FaceTopo is for individuals age 14 and up, as the human face undergoes substantial morphological changes during puberty. Age 14 and over is considered the adult face. (Users age 17 and under require parental consent for account creation).

The FaceTopo data scientists need lots of data, so we're hoping curious citizen scientists will help us reach 10K faces. FaceTopo celebrates diversity.

Once we receives 10K face maps, we may be able to identify patterns and correlations that emerge from the data. At 10K Users we plan to generate our first global 'face tree' which analyzes for similarity correlations between faces. As the Facetopo community grows, Users should be able to find people with similar facial structure, including lookalike 'facetwins' or 'doppelgangers' around the world. We need your help to reach our goal of 10,000 faces for this big data project about faces!

Exciting future plans include the creation of a FaceTopo Bus to visit remote locations and capture faces not on the internet grid.


What do we do with your FaceTopo? We map a number of scientifically-defined facial landmarks onto your photos, essentially translating your face into 3D number coordinates.

Your FaceTopo data is pooled with other data as we analyze a large global population of face data looking for similarities, differences, and patterns in the information. We carry out data analysis that statistically creates groups of similar and contrasting facial measurements within a very large population dataset. We will take surveys and use survey responses to see how things like ethnography relate to your facial features. 

When we get enough faces, Users will be able to create their visual family tree with FaceTopo and see how the family's faces relate to each other in a 'family face tree'. Your FaceTopo can be compared to FaceTopos of your family members to visualize your ancestry and ethnic origins. 

Analysis of global FaceTopo data will generate a global face tree. Based solely on maps of physical facial features, FaceTopo results could connect lookalikes in the world. As the FaceTopo community grows, Users should be able to learn of your face-twins in the world, throughout history.  


User privacy and security are important to FaceTopo. Users create a private account and make and contribute their own 3D face map to the secure Facetopo database. 

While we plan to communicate our findings to the FaceTopo community and publish in scientific journals. FaceTopo's publicly released findings will never be connected with an identifiable individual. Your Facetopo is private. Your photos are secure and serve purely as visual reference for our scientists.