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Facial Recognition And ID Matching Highlighted At NNA 2015

Improve your facial recognition skills in a special workshop at the NNA 2015 Conference.

The essential role of Notaries is to help prevent fraud by verifying the identities of signers. To help you meet the demands of that role, NNA 2015 Conference is offering a special workshop, “Challenges of Facial Recognition in Identification.”

Workshop Details

The two workshop sessions are being led by Megan Papesh, an assistant professor of psychology at Louisiana State University, who has conducted extensive research into the challenges of facial recognition and photo identification.

Conference attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in a research project Papesh is conducting during the event, scheduled for May 31-June 3 in Orlando, Florida. Her previous research has shown that test subjects fail to spot imposters up to 45 percent of the time when comparing photo IDs to actual people.

A number of factors — including age and weight changes, cultural differences and cosmetic changes — often make it difficult to spot imposters. In September 2014 the Notary Bulletin ran a face-matching quiz using material provided by Papesh. Quiz takers failed to spot the imposter 32 percent of the time, underscoring just how difficult matching faces to ID can be.

What You Will Learn At NNA 2015

Our exciting, new workshop is designed to help attendees minimize their risk of missing an impostor.

Workshop attendees will:

  • Learn to break through challenges such as changes due to aging, weight gain and hairstyles
  • Understand the sensitivities of cross-cultural differences
  • Discover which features to focus on to improve your facial recognition skills  

For more information about NNA 2015 workshops and expert speakers, visit our Conference details.

Michael Lewis is Managing Editor of member publications for the National Notary Association.

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Candy Powell-Caruso

11 May 2015

Will the NNA be providing a webinar in the near future covering Facial Recognition And ID Matching, for those of us who cannot attend the Orlando, FL conference?

National Notary Association

12 May 2015

Hi Candy. I'm sorry, but I'm afraid we don't have a webinar planned on facial recognition at this time. However, if you're interested in taking our ID matching quiz from last year, it's available online at You can also read more about ID matching trends from other Notaries here:

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