Seventh International Conference on The Image

  • Face Value – Personification and Identity in a Post-digital Age
  • 1-2 September 2016
  • Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Plenary Speakers

The Seventh International Conference on the Image will feature plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

James Coupe

James Coupe

Artist and Associate Professor, Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS), University of Washington, Seattle, USA

James Coupe is an artist whose practice spans a broad range of media, platforms and sites, including installation, video, internet and public art. Making substantial use of face profiling and surveillance technologies, his work is concerned with questions of power, observation and visibility. Whether this means overlaying fictional narratives onto real-world events (recollector, 2007), algorithmically generating communities (Swarm, 2013), or hiring Mechanical Turk workers to document their working days (General Intellect, 2015), his interest is always in making visible people, places, systems and landscapes that for various reasons are hidden, ignored or unseen. Recent projects include commissions from the Toronto International Film Festival, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Abandon Normal Devices Festival. Read more...

Caroline Wilkinson

Caroline Wilkinson

Director of the School of Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Caroline Wilkinson took up the post of Director of the School of Art & Design in October 2014. She has a background in art and science and her research and creative work sits at the forefront of art-science fusion and includes subjects as diverse as forensic art, human anatomy, medical art, face recognition, forensic science, anthropology, 3D visualisation, digital art and craniofacial identification.

Caroline is a graduate of the University of Manchester, where she also led the Unit of Art in Medicine 2000-2005 and received a NESTA fellowship to develop a 3D computerised facial reconstruction system for use in forensic and archaeological depiction. She moved to LJMU from the University of Dundee, where she was Head of Human Identification in the award-winning Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification. Her high profile facial depiction work includes facial depictions of Richard III, St Nicolas, J.S. Bach, Rameses II and Mary, Queen of Scots. Read more...

Peter Claes

Peter Claes

Research expert at KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, and honorary fellow at Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Parkville, Australia

Peter Claes obtained a PhD in engineering in June 2007 within the field of medical image computing at the KU Leuven, Belgium. During his PhD, he developed a computer-based craniofacial reconstruction approach for victim identification purposes. After his PhD, he established his own research trajectory and vision with fundamental interest in pattern recognition and predictive modeling within computational imaging and biology. He was a post-doc at the Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne, Australia, until January 2011. During that time, he built an international and versatile network of collaborations that is still very useful and active today. Currently, he is appointed as honorary fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia and as research expert at the KU Leuven, ESAT/PSI/MIC, Belgium. Read more...

Faye Skelton

Faye Skelton

Face recognition researcher and Lecturer in cognitive psychology, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK.

Dr. Faye Skelton is a face recognition researcher and Lecturer in cognitive psychology at Edinburgh Napier University. Her research interests centre on forensic applications of face recognition, including eyewitness identification, police facial composites, and more recently, so-called “Super-Recognisers”.

Skelton obtained her PhD in face recognition from Lancaster University in 2004, focusing on how children learn new faces. After her PhD, whilst lecturing at the University of Central Lancashire, her research took a more applied angle, focusing on the improvement of police facial composite images in collaboration with Dr. Charlie Frowd. Examining more traditional feature-based (PROfit) and newer evolutionary (EvoFIT) composite software systems, she has explored ways of improving witness’ memory using interviews, changes to composite production procedures, and post-production techniques for enhancing the likeness of composites to targets. This work has dramatically improved correct naming rates of composites in laboratory tests and police field trials, ultimately helping the police to catch more offenders. Read more...

Adam Harvey

Adam Harvey

Artist, Berlin, Germany

Adam Harvey is an artist and independent researcher based in Berlin. His previous work includes developing types of camouflage from face detection (CV Dazzle) and thermal imaging (Stealth Wear). Harvey has taught at New York University; participated in Belligerent Eyes workshop at Prada Foundation and the Tabula Rasa project on anti-spoofing; and has been featured in numerous books and publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Der Spiegel, and BBC. Read more...

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