Facing up to the security challenge Professor Mike Burton, Department of Psychology, University of York

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  • Date and time: Saturday 17 November 2018, 6.30pm to 6.50pm
  • Location: Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens
  • Audience: Open to Open to all
  • Admission: Free admission, booking not required

Event details

From the Australian Passport Authority to the Metropolitan Police, security and anti-fraud agencies around the world are working with Mike Burton and his team to better understand how the human brain recognises faces.

In his interactive talk he shows just how poor we are at recognising unfamiliar faces, and why even specially trained police officers and border control officials have a worryingly high failure rate when it comes to checking photo-ID. Research at York is helping law enforcement agencies develop ways of improving their success rate, but with criminals and terrorists being able to access the same technologies as the security services, there is no room for complacency.

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop