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The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
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I am a Professor in the Cognition and Neuroscience program at The University of Texas at Dallas. My research interests include perception, memory, and cognition, with special interests in recognition memory for faces. Recent work in my lab is concerned more generally with how we recognize people, both from moving and static displays. We have also developed and tested computational models of face recognition and have tried to link the performance of these models to the characteristics of human performance on similar tasks. Combined, the human memory and computational studies are useful for developing theoretical ideas about how the brain represents the highly complex visual information in human faces.
My research interests include perception, memory, and cognition, with special interests in recognition memory for faces. Recent work in my lab is aimed at understanding how we recognize people, both from moving and static displays. We are also working on comparing human performance on face recognition tasks to the performance of state-of-the-art face recognition algorithms. Another effort in my lab is focused on functional neuroimaging of high level vision, with emphasis on the use of pattern-based classifiers to analyze neural activation patterns.
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Natu, V. & O’Toole, A. J. (2013, accepted). Neural perspectives on the other race effect. Visual Cognition.
O’Toole, A. J. & Natu, V. (2013, accepted). Computational perspectives on the other race effect. Visual Cognition.
O’Toole, A. J., Phillips, P.J., An, X. & Dunlop, J. (in press). Demographic effects on estimates of automatic face recognition. Image and Vision Computing.
Tistarelli, M., Barrett, S. E., & O’Toole, A.J. (2012). Face recognition, facial expression, and intention detection. In (Eds. Emilio Mordini and D. Tzovaras) Second generation biometrics: The Ethical, legal and social context. Springer Books.
O’Toole, A.J., An, X., Dunlop, J.P., Natu, V. & Phillips, P.J. (2012). Comparing face recognition algorithms to humans on challenging tasks. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception. 9(4), Article 16
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The role of familiarity in view-based transferability of face identity adaptation. Jiang, F. Blanz, V. O'Toole, A. J. (2006).6th Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society, Sarasota,
Face recognition algorithms surpass humans matching face images that vary in illumination. O'Toole, A. J., Phillips, P. J., Jiang, F. Ayyad, J. Panard, N. Abdi, H. (2006). 6th Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society, Sarasota, FL, May, 2006.
When does an unfamiliar face become familiar? The effect of image type and familiarity on face recognition. Roark, D. A., Abdi, H., O'Toole, A. J. (2006) 6th Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society, Sarasota, FL, May, 2006.
Pattern-based classification of fMRI data: A "brain-reading" approach to understanding neural representation. O'Toole, A. J. (2005). Neural Information Processing Systems Workshop on Decoding brain states with machine learning: Applications to fMRI. Dec 9, Whistler, BC, Canada.
Three dimensional shape and surface reflectance contributions to opponent-based face identity adaptation. O'Toole, A. J., Jiang, F. & Blanz, V. (2005). 5th Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society, Sarasota, FL, May, 2005.
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A UT Dallas professor recently presented her research on biometric security technology to officials of the United Kingdom’s Home Office, which oversees the nation’s anti-terrorism and crime-fighting efforts.
Dr. Alice O’Toole, a professor of cognitive neuroscience in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, went to London to present her findings at the Biometrics Exhibition and Conference. There, she participated in an international panel discussion of leading-edge applications for biometrics. Biometrics is the measurement of physical characteristics to identify individuals, such as fingerprints, DNA, retinal patterns or facial features.
During the October conference, the United Kingdom’s Home Office hosted a smaller meeting for prominent academics and government officials. The Olympics are slated for London in 2012, so security leaders were particularly interested in how biometrics might be used to protect against terrorism or other types of crime, O’Toole said.
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Postdoctoral Fellow, supported by the French Embassy to the United States, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, January-July, 1989, Continued funding and joint affiliation, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Télécomrnunications, Paris and Laboratoire de Psychologie, Universitéde Bourgogne, Dijon, France.
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, (Aug., 1994 - Jan.,1995; Aug., 1995 - Jan., 1996), Max Planck Institiit iiir biologische Kybemetik, Tubingen, Germany.
Ad hoc Reviewer (selected, last 3 years): Acta Psychological, Brain & Cognition, British Journal of Developmental Psycholgy, Child Development, Cognitive Psychology, Current Biology, IEEE Transactions on Pattem Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Memory & Cognition, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, Perception, Psychological Science, Pattem Recognition Letters, Science, PloS Biology, Vision Research, Visual Cognition
Grant Proposal Review : National Institutes of Mental Health - Perception and Cognition Review Panel, Visiting Member (2001-2003) National Science Foundation Reviewer - Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience - Panel Member (2005)
Co-chair with Daniel Levin: 6th Annual Workshop on Object Perception and Memory - Dallas, TX Nov. 19, 1998
My research interests include human perception, memory, and cognition, with an emphasis on computational approaches to modeling human information processing. I received a B.A. in Psychology (1983) from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, and a M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1988) in Experimental Psychology from Brown University, Providence, RI. Subsequently, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France, supported by the French Embassy to the United States, and at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Télécommunications, Paris, France.
In 1989, I came to the University of Texas at Dallas, where I established a laboratory for visual perception and image/object recognition experiments. In 1994-1996 I participated in two 6 month sabbaticals at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. There, I worked on a variety of projects aimed at modeling the perceptual information in three-dimensional laser scans of human heads and relating this information to human memory for faces.
I have continued this collaboration and have also continued on work at UTD on human memory for faces, and computational models of visual perception. I am currently working on two projects. The first is aimed at understanding how we recognize people from multiple, dynamic, biometric cues to identity. The second involves computational modeling of data from functional neuroimaging experiments.
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