Dr Alice Towler

Dr Alice Towler

Dr Alice Towler

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Email: Dr Alice Towler

Office: Mathews, Room 1004

Research Summary

My research focusses on improving the accuracy and efficiency of facial identification systems by optimising the distribution of decision-making between humans and facial recognition software. I work closely with our research partners at the Australian Passport Office to develop evidence-based training and comparison methods for facial image comparison. I also have a broader interest in improving the evidence-base in the forensic sciences, which has led me to study factors affecting forensic scientists’ accuracy in pattern-matching tasks (e.g. face identification, fingerprints, tool marks, shoe prints).


PSYC1027 Forensic Psychology: Crime, Courts & Corrections – Course Coordinator.


Towler, A., Kemp, R. I., White, D. (2017). Unfamiliar face matching systems in applied settings. In Face Processing: Systems, Disorders and Cultural Differences. Bindeman, M. & Megreya, A. M. (Eds.). Nova Science.

Towler, A., White, D., Kemp, R. I. (2017). Evaluating the feature comparison strategy for forensic face identification. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 23(1), 47-58.

Towler, A., White, D., Kemp, R. I. (2014). Evaluating training methods for facial image comparison: The face shape strategy does not work. Perception, 43, 214-218. doi: 10.1068/p7676.

Kramer, R. S. S., Manesi, Z., Towler, A., Reynolds, M. G., Burton, A. M. (in press). Familiarity and within-person facial variability: The importance of the internal and external features. Perception.

Kramer, R. S. S., Telfer, C. G. R., Towler, A. (2017). Visual comparison of two data sets: Do people use the means and variability? Journal of Numerical Cognition, 3(1), 97-111.

Edmond, G., Towler, A., Growns, B., Ribeiro, G., Found, B., White, D., …Martire, K. (2016). Thinking forensics: Cognitive science for forensic practitioners. Science & Justice, 57, 144-154.

Edmond, G., Found, B., Martire, K., Ballantyne, K., Hamer, D., Searston, R., . . . Towler, A., Roberts, A. (2016). Model forensic science. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 48(5), 496-537.

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