David J. Robertson, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) School of Psychological Sciences and Health. David completed his PhD at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience before going on to work as a post-doctoral researcher in Professor Mike Burton’s FaceVar lab. He joined the University of Strathclyde in 2017 where he established the Strathclyde Applied Cognitive Psychology Lab (www.strathacpl.com), which focuses on applied face recognition research. He has published several scientific papers on individual differences in facial recognition ability, and the detection of emerging face-based identity fraud techniques. He has presented this research at national and international conferences to both academic and practitioner audiences including the UK Home Office and Europol. David is also a keen science communicator, his research on face averages received global media attention, and he is a regular contributor to The Conversation.
Capitalizing on the Super-Recognition Advantage: A Powerful, but Underutilized, Tool for Policing and National Security Agencies
Accurate identity judgements are critical in ensuring that suspects can be apprehended by law enforcement and national security agencies, and that identity fraud attacks do not go undetected at border control points. Research has shown that typical human observers are… Read More
Podcasts / Webinars
This video podcast is part one of a two-part series on the topic of super recognizers and facial recognition. In this podcast, Dirk Plante, Deputy Director of HDIAC, interviews two subject matter experts on facial recognition, discussing the definition of super recognizer and what makes a person more or less likely to possess the ability to be a super recognizer. This podcast also discusses methods that organizations can use to identify if they have personnel who are super recognizers. The next step of effectively utilizing this talent is also outlined.
This video podcast is part two of a two-part series on the topic of super recognizers and facial recognition. In this podcast, Dirk Plante, Deputy Director of HDIAC, continues the interview of two subject matter experts on facial recognition, Dr. Josh Davis, Ph.D. and Dr. David Robertson, Ph.D. This podcast discusses the tasks that a human super recognizer is able to perform more effectively than artificial intelligence facial recognition software. The podcast also examines how a human super recognizer can be a more cost-effective tool compared to automated systems.