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The Cliniface application provides a suite of tools and visualisation technologies to support the analysis and processing of 3D facial images from a wide variety of file formats. The program supports concurrent viewing of different face models in three adjacent view panes. Face models can be superimposed upon one another and different visualisations selected to inform the user of the salient aspects of facial morphology. Automatic face detection and surface correspondence tools, along with data cleaning functions such as cropping, smoothing, and resampling can assist in comparing data coming from different sources. Characteristic landmarks can be automatically mapped and/or manually edited, and distance measurements can be taken between pairs of points on the face. The model data are saved within a single file that archives together both the model data stored a standard format (Wavefront OBJ) and the meta-data extracted by Cliniface.

Cliniface has been designed around a plugin architecture to support the extension and integration of functionality developed by third-parties. This provides researchers and programmers working with 3D facial images the means to rapidly develop, test, and deploy new features within Cliniface as modular separately compiled plugins - leveraging Cliniface's existing capabilities without needing to develop specialised visualisation and I/O routines. If suitable, these plugins can be made available to other users of Cliniface giving them rapid access to state-of-the-art algorithms and new features. Developing plugins for Cliniface offers an efficient pathway for the rapid exposure and uptake of research outputs within both industry and research.


The developers of the Cliniface application recognise the funding support of the following organisations:

  • FrontierSI (formerly Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information)
  • Western Australian Department of Health
  • Curtin University
  • Perth Children's Hospital Foundation
  • Roy Hill Community Foundation
  • Linear Clinical Research

The Cliniface team would also like to acknowledge the contributions from other collaborators including:

  • Genetic Services of Western Australia
  • Genome.One
  • The Western Australian Register of Developmental Anomalies
  • Telethon Kids Institute, Genetic and Rare Diseases Program
  • Patches Paediatric Clinics
  • FASD Research Australia Centre for Research Excellence
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • RD-Connect

Copyright notice

The Cliniface application is copyright Spatial Information Systems Research Limited, 2018.

Cliniface is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Cliniface is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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