I have the privilege of working with various international police agencies interested in human face processing. Read below for an overview of past and ongoing work.


Since 2017 I am a scientific advisor to State Office of Criminal Investigation of the Berlin State Police.

Together we have been developing a bespoke assessment tool to identify Super-Recognizers among the >24.000 employees of the Berlin Police.

This ongoing work has been featured in the news. For publications related to this project check here.



In 2021, in the context of a newly established collaboration with the Rhineland-Palatinate State Police, we will investigate the relationship between lab-based tests of face cognition and real-world tasks of practitioners.

Watch this space for updates on our progress.



Since autumn 2016 I have been leading a project in which international Super-Recognizers support the Police’s efforts to identify criminal suspects.

Thanks to the careful measures adopted by the team – involving video material and line-ups from previously solved cases – we now know that some Super-Recognizers can offer valuable insights for our work. I am certain that this very exciting research and our continued collaboration will help us in the future.Cantonal Police, Fribourg, Switzerland



In spring 2020 the AFC Lab initiated a collaboration with the Zürich Cantonal Police. The focus of the project was the entire police corps (rather than Super-Recognizers) and involved development of face-related components of the ASPECT®-Training (Bättig, Frey & Hofer, 2011; Fuhrer, 2016). This collaboration was terminated in winter 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.