External Seminar: Face recognition accuracy of forensic examiners, superrecognizers, and face recognition algorithms

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 2.00PM to - 3.00pm

Speaker(s): Dr Jonathon Phillips: NIST, USA

Abstract

This is the first study to measure face identification accuracy for an international group of professional forensic facial examiners, working under circumstances that apply in real world casework. Examiners and other human face “specialists”, including forensically trained facial reviewers and untrained super-recognizers, were more accurate than the control groups on a challenging test of face identification. Therefore, specialists are the best available human solution to the problem of face identification. We present the first data comparing state-of-the-art face recognition technology to the best human face identifiers. The best machine performed in the range of the best humans, professional facial examiners. However, optimal face identification was achieved only when humans and machines worked in collaboration. The talk is based on Phillips, P. J., et al. "Face recognition accuracy of forensic examiners, superrecognizers, and face recognition algorithms." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018): 201721355.

Location: PS/C003