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Eyewitness Identification from a Different Angle

A laptop on a desk with six faces from different angles shown on the screen

What’s on offer?

In a series of short online videos, experts will discuss the role of interactivity in face recognition accuracy, including its role in reducing racial bias. On demand talks will be hosted on the ESRC Festival of Social Science webpage and available throughout the month of November. These videos will be complemented by a live ‘Ask Me Anything' zoom event. The session will be moderated by Distinguished Professor John Wixted from the University of California, San Diego, a world-leading memory expert.

What’s it about?

Criminal identification in many countries consists of using static photographs, shown from the shoulders up, facing forward. Mistaken identification from lineups is a leading cause of miscarriages of justice. Accuracy can be significantly increased, however, by allowing people interact and rotate the faces according to the latest research. Interactivity has also been shown to reduce racial bias; the most common factor associated with cases of mistaken identification is the witness being of a different race than the culprit. These new techniques are low-cost to implement and can be made available to test in field contexts with law enforcement.

Who’s leading the event?

Professor Heather Flowe

Open to

Everyone eligible

Of particular interest to

Those interested in criminology