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Dana Michalski

Dana Michalski
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

My main interest is applied research involving facial comparisons by humans and automated systems. This includes facial recognition, facial identification, and facial matching. I am also interested in evaluating and developing biometric technologies that can aid in the identification of children as well as those for disaster victim identification purposes.

More broadly, I am interested in forensic comparison sciences, human identification, human factors, forensic psychology, and machine learning.

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Dana Michalski

My main interest is applied research involving facial comparisons by humans and automated systems. This includes facial recognition, facial identification, and facial matching. I am also interested in evaluating and developing biometric technologies that can aid in the identification of children as well as those for disaster victim identification purposes.

More broadly, I am interested in forensic comparison sciences, human identification, human factors, forensic psychology, and machine learning.

My main interest is applied research involving facial comparisons by humans and automated systems. This includes facial recognition, facial identification, and facial matching.  I am also interested in evaluating and developing biometric technologies that can aid in the identification of children as well as those for disaster victim identification purposes. 

More broadly, I am interested in forensic comparison sciences, human identification, human factors, forensic psychology, and machine learning.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2017 Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide
2011 Research Scientist, Biometrics Defence Science and Technology Group

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2018 Award University Doctoral Research Medal University of Adelaide
2018 Award Best Presentation Award The 11th IAPR International Conference on Biometrics
2017 Award Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide
2017 Award Postgraduate Travel Fellowship University of Adelaide
2016 Award Ross Vining Memorial Student Award Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society
2016 Award International Conference Travel Grant University of Adelaide
2016 Award Highly Commended Oral Presentation Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society
2016 Award Symposium Award Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2014 Michalski, D. J., & Bearman, C. (2014). Factors affecting the decision making of pilots who fly in Outback Australia. SAFETY SCIENCE, 68, 288-293.
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Conference Papers

Year Citation
2018 Michalski, D., Yiu, S. Y., & Malec, C. (2018). The impact of age and threshold variation on facial recognition algorithm performance using images of children. In IEEE. Gold Coast, Australia.
2018 Michalski, D. (2018). Findings from an examination of practitioner and algorithm performance when comparing facial images of children. In Unfamiliar Facial Identification Group Conference. Sydney.
2017 Michalski, D., McLindin, B., Semmler, C., & Heyer, R. L. (2017). The impact of ageing on facial comparisons with images of children conducted by humans and automated systems. In International Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.
2017 Heyer, R. L., Michalski, D., Lee, H., Calleja, J., & Vu, L. (2017). Vulnerabilities in face recognition. In Unfamiliar Facial Identification Group Conference. Sydney.
2017 Michalski, D. J. (2017). Facial comparisons with images of children: Current research and future research directions. In Facial Identification Scientific Working Group. Quantico, USA.
2017 Michalski, D. J. (2017). The CSI effect: What is facial recognition technology really capable of?. In Asia-Pacific Coroner’s Society Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
2016 Michalski, D., Heyer, R., & Semmler, C. A. (2016). Facial comparisons with images of children: Human and algorithm performance. In Biometrics 2016. London, United Kingdom.
2016 Heyer, R., Michalski, D., Lee, H., Kardos, M., & McLindin, B. (2016). An update of Defence Science and Technology Group's unfamiliar facial identification and facial recognition research. In Unfamiliar Facial Identification Group Conference. Sydney.
2016 Michalski, D., McLindin, B., Semmler, C., & Heyer, R. L. (2016). Facial image comparisons of children: How does the age of children in images affect human and algorithm performance?. In International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences (ANZFSS’16). Auckland, New Zealand.
2015 Michalski, D., McLindin, B., Semmler, C., & Heyer, R. L. (2015). Is facial image comparison as effective for verifying children as it is adults in security applications?. In Florey International Postgraduate Research Conference. Adelaide.
2014 Michalski, D., McLindin, B., Heyer, R. L., & Semmler, C. (2014). Understanding how Age Affects Facial Matching Performance of Humans and Facial Recognition Systems: Requirements Collection from Whole of Government and Industry. In Defence Human Sciences Symposium,. Adelaide.
2014 Michalski, D., McLindin, B., Semmler, C., & Heyer, R. L. (2014). Examining the Performance of Human Operators and Automated Facial Recognition Systems for the Identification of Missing and Exploited Children. In International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences (ANZFSS’14). Adelaide.
2014 Michalski, D., McLindin, B., Semmler, C., & Heyer, R. L. (2014). Empirically Examining the Impact of Age Related Variables on Facial Recognition Algorithms and Human Operators: A Methodological Primer. In 15th Biometrics Institute Asia Pacific Conference. Sydney.
2014 Heyer, R. L., Michalski, D., Malec, C., & McLindin, B. (2014). Vulnerabilities of Facial Recognition: The Impact of Glasses and Ageing on Facial Recognition Performance. In Biometrics 2014. London.
2013 Michalski, D. J., McLindin, B., MacLeod, V., Stacy, E., & Malec, C. (2013). Face-in-a-Crowd identification: Human aspects of searching for persons of interest with and without facial recognition systems. In 14th Biometrics Institute Asia Pacific Conference.
2013 Heyer, R., Michalski, D., McLindin, B., & Nichols, G. (2013). An update on face related research.. In Unfamiliar Facial Identification Group Conference.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2018 Michalski, D. (2018). The impact of age and threshold variation on facial recognition algorithm performance using images of children. Poster session presented at the meeting of the 11th IAPR International Conference on Biometrics 2018. Gold Coast, Australia.
2016 Michalski, D., McLindin, B., Semmler, C., & Heyer, R. L. (2016). The impact of extending the validity of children’s passports from 5 to 10 years. Poster session presented at the meeting of Florey International Postgraduate Research Conference. Adelaide.
2014 Michalski, D. J., McLindin, B., Heyer, R., & Semmler, C. (2014). Whole of government and industry requirements collection: Understanding how the ageing variable affects facial comparison performance of humans and automated algorithms. Poster session presented at the meeting of Florey International Postgraduate Conference.
2013 Michalski, D., McLindin, B., MacLeod, V., Stacy, E., & Malec, C. (2013). Face-in-a-Crowd identification: Human aspects of searching for persons of interest with and without facial recognition systems. Poster session presented at the meeting of 14th Biometrics Institute Asia Pacific Conference.
2012 Nichols, G., Heyer, R. L., Nicholson, R., & Michalski, D. (2012). Facial Identification at Long-range. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences (ANZFSS’12). Hobart.

Theses

Year Citation
2018 Michalski, D. (2018). The impact of age-related variables on facial comparisons with images of children: Algorithm and practitioner performance. (PhD Thesis).

Other Supervision Activities

Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor The Performance of Untrained People on Face Matching University of Adelaide Honours Thomas Pearce
2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Are we Accurate at Estimating the Age of People in Images? University of Adelaide Honours Gemma Snyder

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2017 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2016 - ongoing Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
2012 - ongoing Biometrics Institute
2012 - ongoing Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society
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