Head of Department elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Posted on 2 July 2019

Professor Mike Burton has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of his influential work.


Professor Mike Burton being awarded a Fellowship certificate.

The Academy of Social Sciences has elected 73 new Fellows, chosen through peer review for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. Head of Department Professor Mike Burton has been recognised for his influential work addressing human face perception. He was awarded a Fellowship certificate at a ceremony on Thursday 20 June 2019 by Academy President Sir Ivor Crewe. 

Professor Burton's research aims to provide insights into our ability to recognise the people we know quickly and easily. It also has application in computer-based face recognition, and in forensic settings. He uses experimental and computational modelling approaches to address this problem and collaborates with security agencies globally on issues related to personal identification.

Professor Burton said: "I am delighted to be joining the Academy. The Social Sciences are key to understanding so many of the problems that face us, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with other Fellows".

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