The Research in Forensic Semiotics (RIFS) Unit is located at Victoria College of the University of Toronto under directors Marcel Danesi, Antonio Nicaso and Mariana Bockarova. RIFS attempts to progress the otherwise serious lack of research and knowledge in the unique and interdisciplinary field of Semiotics. We aim to investigate criminal behavior and criminals from a semiotic standpoint, including the meaning and use of symbols and tattoos in gangs, the particular type of appearance and clothing, that criminals and gang members adopt, facial expressions, etc. with a view towards gleaning insights into criminal behavior generally. Through learning and understanding the unique language (including tones, gestures and more) of criminals, the body of knowledge gathered would have serious implications, including being used to interfere with criminal and terrorist activities, particularly in undercover operations. Further, by observing and analyzing the use of criminal symbols (from their tattoos, gang signs, body language cues and more), RIFS aims to build a corroborated database of information on criminal lifestyles, including the reasons behind the committed acts, the prison environment and social networks.