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Face Recognition Workshop

Posted on 14 December 2016

Team of researchers from the department’s ERC FaceVar Lab ran an experiment/public engagement workshop on face recognition at the London Science Museum.

On the evening of Wednesday the 30th of November, a team of researchers from the department’s ERC FaceVar Lab ran an experiment/public engagement workshop on face recognition at the London Science Museum

David Robertson, Jet SandersAlice Towler, Robin Kramer, Josh Spowage and Ailish Byrne welcomed more than 100 members of the public to their event, ‘Face Recognition: Are you a super-recogniser?’. 

Over the course of 2.5 hours (7pm-9:30pm), the team tested the public on computer based face recognition tasks and in a realistic ‘Passport Control’ setting. This was followed by a debriefing session in which the participants could compare their performance to real Metropolitan Police Super-recognisers. 

Jet Sanders, a 2nd year PhD student and one of the project leaders, said, "This was a fantastic opportunity to take our science out of the lab and into society. We were delighted to be invited by the London Science Museum to create this workshop, and as a result of a strong team effort, the event proved to be a real success both scientifically and in terms of knowledge transfer".  

The London Science museum provided over £1000 towards the costs associated with putting the workshop on, and provided a staff member to help out during the event.

Josh Spowagewho studies on the MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience course, said, "I really enjoyed being part of this project as it involved real science and public engagement, I would definitely recommend being part of similar initiatives to other students in the department."

Professor Mike BurtonDr. Rob Jenkins and Professor Andy Young were the other team members involved in this project. 

For more information on this workshop, or to find out how to run your own event at the LSM, contact Dr. David Robertson.