Pathways to identity: using visualization to aid law enforcement in identification tasks

Joe Bruce, Jean Scholtz, Duncan Hodges, Lia Emanuel, Danae Stanton Fraser, Sadie Creese, Oriana Love

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The nature of identity has changed dramatically in recent years and has grown in complexity. Identities are defined in multiple domains: biological and psychological elements strongly contribute, but biographical and cyber elements also are necessary to complete the picture. Law enforcement is beginning to adjust to these changes, recognizing identity’s importance in criminal justice. The SuperIdentity project seeks to aid law enforcement officials in their identification tasks through research of techniques for discovering identity traits, generation of statistical models of identity and analysis of identity traits through visualization. We present use cases compiled through user interviews in multiple fields, including law enforcement, and describe the modeling and visualization tools design to aid in those use cases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 13
Number of pages13
JournalSecurity Informatics
Issue number12
Early online date18 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


  • Identity
  • Attribution
  • Enrichment
  • Visual analysis
  • modeling


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