EXPERIENTIAL SCIENCE : FACETOPO

Alberta Chu works to inspire global audiences to connect with art, science, and technology. Trained as a biologist, Alberta is passionate about science outreach. Founded in 2014, Facetopo is an ongoing global citizen science project to study facial diversity in adult humans. All of the faces in the Facetopo project are crowdsourced from the community via the Facetopo app, available in the iTunes and Googleplay app stores. 

Read about how the idea for Facetopo began at Nerdnite at Middlesex Lounge on October 16th, 2013 in Cambridge, Mass.

Facetopo was on stage at Catalyst Conversations on April 27, 2015 at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. You can also read about it here

 

Check out the Facetopo project website

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The goal of the Facetopo project is to build a taxonomy of faces and identify patterns in facial phenotypes to possibly discover connections with genomes and forensic anthropology. In collaboration with engineers and designers, Alberta developed the Facetopo 3D facemapping app for people to discover their unique face traits. As Facetopo’s Co-Founder and Project Manager, Alberta works directly with app developers, software engineers, data scientists, and designers in the development of the Facetopo mobile app at the project’s core. The Facetopo app launched at Le Laboratoire (March 2016) and has exhibited with: AAAS, USA Science and Engineering Festival, Cambridge Science Festival, Hubweek, Cambridge Innovation Center, SciCheer, SciStarter, and Boston Public Schools STEM Expo. For the global Facetopo citizen science project, Alberta has produced the Faces of Boston container at Hubweek 2017, as well as the VIP Launch party at Le Laboratoire, various Betatesting events, and demonstrations at corporate culture and startup events. 

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FACETOPO AT AAAS FAMILY DAYS

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FACETOPO DEMONSTRATIONS AT CORPORATE CULTURE AND STARTUP EVENTS

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