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Aussie creates hi-tech way to track missing kids

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A defence scientist has inadvertently become one of the most in-demand detectives in the world, with her ground breaking work on child facial recognition technology attracting appeals for help from dozens of law enforcement, border control and missing persons agencies.

Dr Dana Michalski never imagined she would one day be involved with police combating serious crimes against children including child trafficking, abductions, missing persons, custody disputes, child soldiers and radicalised minors.

But in 2011 the scientist from the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) laboratory in South Australia was working on confidential facial biometrics for military and national security agencies when she recognised there was a technology gap when it came to children.

Ten years on, and there are law enforcers from countries she has never heard off asking for her and her team’s insight.

 

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