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FACETOPO AT AAAS 2017

Updated: May 30


We are super-excited to participate in Family Science Days, the science festival at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston this year!


AAAS was founded in Philadelphia in 1848 and is one of the oldest scientific societies in America. The American Association for the Advancement of Science is a nonprofit professional society dedicated to the advancement of scientific and technological excellence across all disciplines, and to the public’s understanding of science and technology. Family Science Days at the annual AAAS Meeting attracts science-loving families from all over the world.


We’ve been working to develop a fun interactive activity for our visitors, and we’ve come up with a new feature within the app: the “Fun Selfie” feature. After you’ve taken your serious selfies and made your facetopo, you then get to make a silly face and create a “Fun Selfie” to share with friends.


We’ve also put together a poster presentation to articulate our hypothesis for the Facetopo citizen science project. Our poster is entitled, “Initial Quantitation of 3D Facial Features from Volunteer Facetopo Testers” and we’re pleased to show: reproducibility, normal variance of facial feature data across Users, and our methodology.



The Facetopo app maps your face in 3D by placing 70 scientifically-derived facial landmark nodes onto your selfies. Behind-the-scenes, the app calculates the distance between each node and all the other nodes. We visualize similarity between Captures and Users using a dendrogram, a tree diagram often used in computational biology to illustrate similarity among samples. The dendrogram in our AAAS poster shows data from 40 Users doing 4 captures each. Shown here is a small segment of the dendrogram:



When we have 10,000 Users who have created 2 matching Captures, we’ll create and publish our first Facetopo Facetree. All of the Facetopo Users that help us get to 10,000 Users will be able to see which branch of the Facetree their face belongs on and see other faces similar to their own. Those faces similar to yours will be your “Face Family.”

So don’t waste a moment, install the Facetopo app today and give it a try so your face can be part of our first 10K Facetree!


The Facetopo app is currently available only for iOS. Android version coming soon. Android Users: SIGNUP to be notified of Facetopo 2.0 Android Beta release.

Shoutouts to our Facetopo booth bunnies! Model Gulnara Niaz, William, Alexandra, Beatrix, and Gitika, and to our friends at Scistarter, SciCheer, and the Cambridge Science Festival!

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