Profile form - Coordinator

Profile form - Coordinator
Thematic area: Secure Societies
FCT-2-2015. Forensic topic 2: Advanced easy to use in-situ forensic
tools at the scene of crime (H2020-FCT-2015) – Deadline: 27 August
Contact details
Prof. dr. Guy Willems and Prof.dr. Patrick Thevissen
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Department Orthodontics - Forensic odontology
Organisation type:
Kapucijnenvoer 7 blok a - bus 7001
3000 Leuven- Belgium
E-mail address:
[email protected]
Telephone number:
+32 16 33 24 59
Contribution to the project
Role in the project (coordinator, work package leader, task leader or participant):
 Coordinator of the project
Looking for (existing consortium, partners with specific expertise, etc.):
 Existing network or platform experienced in:
Managing identification related computer platforms
Creating computer platforms
Collecting and managing identification data. In particular biometric and medical data
allowing for a global identification.
Policy and law regarding identification data storage, exchange and transmission
Contribution to the project (expertise, human resources, testing, lab facilities, etc):
Expertise: In the domain of forensic age identification, primarily used to estimate the age of
individuals with no or doubtful (incomplete) age documentation. Age estimations in the
living are requested in relation to age thresholds in criminal investigations, during
immigration procedures, and for civil purposes. In addition, estimating age of unknown
bodies, facilitates a traced search for ante mortem data because it narrows the age interval
of the searched individuals. Validated dental age estimation models were established at the
Forensic Dentistry unit of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. The models were
constructed and validated based on worldwide collected databases. For forensic age
identification of unaccompanied young applicants in migration and asylum procedures, the
"Triple Test" was established. The Triple Test combines radiological (dental, skeletal) and a
clinical test, and is based on the constructed dental age estimation models.
Previous experience
KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD) is the knowledge and technology transfer office (TTO) of
the KU Leuven Association. LRD has developed a tradition of collaborating with industry, securing
and licensing intellectual property rights, creating spin-off companies and stimulating knowledgedriven regional development.
List of relevant peer-reviewed articles:
Thevissen, P., Fieuws, S., Willems, G. (2013). Third Molar Development: Evaluation of Nine
Tooth Development Registration Techniques for Age Estimations. Journal of Forensic
Sciences, 58 (2), DOI 10.1111/1556-4029.12063.
Thevissen, P., Galiti, D., Willems, G. (2012). Human dental age estimation combining third
molar(s) development and tooth morphological age predictors. International Journal of Legal
Medicine, 126 (6), 883-887.
Thevissen, P., Kaur, J., Willems, G. (2012). Human age estimation combining third molar and
skeletal development. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 126 (2), 285-92.
Thevissen, P., Kvaal, S., Dierickx, K., Willems, G. (2012). Ethics in Age Estimation of
Unaccompanied Minors. Journal of Forensic Odonto-Stomatology, 30 (1), 85-102.
Thevissen, P., Fieuws, S., Willems, G. (2011). Third molar development: measurements
versus scores as age predictor. Archives of Oral Biology, 56 (10), 1035-1040.
Willems, G., Thevissen, P., Belmans, A., Liversidge, H. (2010). Willems II. Non-gender-specific
dental maturity scores. Forensic Science International, 201 (1-3), 84-85.
Thevissen, P., Fieuws, S., Willems, G. (2010). Human third molars development: Comparison
of 9 country specific populations. Forensic Science International, 201 (1-3), 102-105.
Thevissen, P., Fieuws, S., Willems, G. (2010). Human dental age estimation using third molar
developmental stages: does a Bayesian approach outperform regression models to
discriminate between juveniles and adults?. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 124 (1),
Thevissen, P., Alqerban, A., Asaumi, J., Kahveci, F., Kaur, J., Kim, Y., Pittayapat, P., Van
Vlierberghe, M., Zhang, Y., Fieuws, S., Willems, G. (2010). Human dental age estimation
using third molar developmental stages: Accuracy of age predictions not using country
specific information. Forensic Science International, 201 (1-3), 106-111.
Willems, G., Clement, J., Sweet, D. (2010). Forensic odontology special issue-September
2010. Forensic Science International, 201 (1-3), 1-2.