Kelly Warwick comes to Westminster
9 Mar 2015
GY with Kelly Warwick
GY with Kelly Warwick
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Kelly Warwiok, from Bishops Green near Newbury, came to Westminster to show her poster to MPs.

Kelly is a Forensic Psychology postgraduate student at the University of Winchester who invited Sir George, as her local MP, to the SET for BRITAIN event at the House of Commons on Monday 9th March.

This event is a poster competition and exhibition designed to promote Britain?s early career researchers and is sponsored by The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. SET for BRITAIN exists to raise the profile of Britain's early-stage researchers at Westminster by engaging Members of both Houses of Parliament with current research being undertaken in the UK, especially that by their local constituents and in their local University.

Kelly had been selected to display her research poster in the Engineering Sciences session from 6:15pm till 9pm, in the Attlee Suite of Portcullis House.

"The research that Kelly explained to me is in the area of facial composites, which are images of a person's face, often constructed by witnesses to a crime. Her Master's Degree research project aims to investigate how the quality of composites can be improved, as it is very important that the police have effective tools to catch criminals. Eyewitnesses can be useful by providing a description of an offender or suspect and also by constructing a picture of the offender's face. These composite pictures are often published in newspapers and on TV crime programmes such as BBC CrimeWatch so that a member of the public will recognise the face and phone the police with a name. It is usual for witnesses and victims to be interviewed at their home address or a police station, and produce a composite on a PC or laptop. For logistic reasons, it is often several days before an interview can be arranged. During this time, witnesses may forget important information, as research has shown, meaning that their composite is less effective. For her masters degree in forensic psychology, Kelly is investigating how this situation could be improved. The advent of mobile technology, in particular tablet PCs, should allow witnesses to be interviewed earlier, particularly at the crime scene. The question is whether building a composite on a computer with a small screen would produce an identifiable image? The research literature suggests that viewing a smaller-sized face should allow witnesses to focus on the global aspects of the face, rather than on finer detail, which is important for successful recognition of a composite."
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