IF the phone rings late at night for Dr What they need to know is whether they're dealing with a recent crime or have stumbled across some archaeological remains.
Tim doesn't mind - he's used to it. And he sees it as a useful way of sharing his knowledge and expertise as
But he does think the identification process could be more accessible for those who, unlike him, don't have a PhD in forensic anthropology.
Tim developed a business plan to digitalise the process. With a grant from
He's working closely with
Tim is set to trial this product at selected sites in the
Consequently many American students are coming to the
"In much forensic anthropological work, we're still using pen and paper and stills photography for casework, research and teaching.
"Bones are actually very difficult to scan. You're dealing with holes and pores, lumps and ridges and a combination of organic and inorganic materials.
"My idea is to digitalise as much of the process as possible, developing appropriate protocols for scanning the bones into 3D models.
"By importing the bone data straight into the software, we hope to give much quicker information to people who aren't trained forensic anthropologists," said Tim.
"This is where Teesside excels. By bringing together this need with our digital expertise we have created something which will change teaching because it is the closest thing to studying actual bones and it is easily accessible."
What makes Anthronomics' product revolutionary is the digital functionality for the user.
Working with computer game developers from
Piloting the software will be forensic anthropologist Dr
He has examined the remains of hundreds of human rights casualties, to help identify the victims and uncover evidence of war crimes.
IF the phone rings late at night for Dr
What they need to know is whether they're dealing with a recent crime or have stumbled across some archaeological remains.