Get to know the faces behind the project.

  • Jason TangenJason Tangen is a cognitive scientist at The University of Queensland. His research focuses on the perceptual, learning, and memory processes underlying human identification. Originally trained in philosophy and cognition, he did a PhD on causal learning at McMaster University in Canada and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New South Wales. Jason has published and presented extensively on identification, expertise, learning, memory, bias and methodology. He regularly teaches courses on Judgement & Decision Making, Thinking, Advanced Research Methodology and Statistics, as well as seminars relating to expertise, evidence, and errors in memory.

  • Geoff NormanGeoff Norman is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. He received a PhD in nuclear physics and is the author of 10 books in education, measurement and statistics, and over 200 journal articles. His primary research is in the area of expert diagnostic reasoning – how clinicians arrive at a diagnosis. He presently holds a Canada Research Chair. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2007. Geoff was awarded the prestigious Karolinska Prize for lifetime achievement in medical education research in 2008 and an honorary doctorate by Erasmus University, Netherlands in 2010.

  • Itiel DrorItiel Dror has a joint appointment at University College London and Cognitive Consultants International. His research has established the field of the cognitive examination of expert performance in the domain of forensic science. He has been a member of the Research Advisory Board for Project Innocence since 2009, and a member of the Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Fingerprint Analysis of the American National Institute of Justice and the American National Institute of Standards and Technology. In addition to his work on forensic expertise, Itiel’s research has examined performance in other expert domains, such as medicine and fighter pilots in the military.

  • Duncan McCarthyDuncan McCarthy is a Sergeant and qualified fingerprint expert at the Queensland Police Service Fingerprint Bureau Training and Research Unit. His primary role involves the training and assessment of scenes of crime officers, trainee fingerprint experts and duties as an external assessor for the Australasian Forensic Field Sciences Accreditation Board. He commenced sworn service in 1995 at the NSW Police Service, moving to the Fingerprint Operations Branch in 1998. He joined the Queensland Police Service in December 2004 as a fingerprint expert. In 2008, he was awarded the ANZFSS Allan Hodda Memorial Award to examine the use of statistics in fingerprint identification.

  • Gary EdmondGary Edmond is a law professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He Directs the Program in Expertise, Evidence and Law in the School of Law at the University of New South Wales. Originally trained in the history and philosophy of science, he subsequently studied law at the University of Sydney and took a PhD in law from the University of Cambridge. An active commentator on expert evidence in Australia, England, and the US, he is a member of the Council of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences and of Standards Australia’s forensic science reference. Gary has published dozens of articles on law and science in leading law, social science and forensic science journals.

  • Kevin EvaKevin Eva is a Senior Scientist in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship and Associate Professor, Director of Educational Research and Scholarship in the Department of Medicine. After completing his PhD in Cognitive Psychology in 2001, he became a faculty member in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and joined the Program for Educational Research and Development at McMaster University. Kevin is Editor-in-Chief for the journal Medical Education and sits on four other editorial boards. His research interests are broadly defined within the context of research into educational practices within the health professions.

  • Brian LovellBrian Lovell is a Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at UQ and is the Research Director and founder of the Intelligent Real-Time Imaging and Sensing Group (IRIS) within the School. Since June 2005, he was appointed Research Leader (Smart Sensors) in National ICT Australia. In 2009, he was appointed Project Leader of the new SAFE Advanced Surveillance project in NICTA. He is now the Director of the Security & Surveillance Research group within the School of ITEE. His research focuses on intelligent surveillance techniques, optimal image segmentation, real-time video analysis, and face recognition.

  • Bruce comberBruce Comber commenced his fingerprint career in 1990 with the WA Police Fingerprint Bureau. In 1995, he attained the status of Fingerprint Expert. He held several supervisory positions including Sergeant In Charge of the WA Police Fingerprint Training Office before joining the AFP Fingerprint Team in Canberra in 2000. Bruce was involved in the fingerprint activities in the Bali bombings in 2002 and the Australian DVI effort following the Boxing Day 2004 Tsunami in Thailand. He is an assessor of the Australasian Forensic Field Sciences Accreditation Board and is involved in the improvement of quality assurance systems at the AFP. He is currently researching the variance and quantification of fingerprints.