Deception detection documentary screened at APA Film Festival

From 1,997 entries, our documentary “A week without lying: The honesty experiment” has been selected as one of the 17 films at the APA Film Festival. It will be screened on Friday August 9. Should you be at the annual APA conference, make sure to watch it! Congratulations to Vicky Cooper and the team from Thoroughly Modern Media!


Trump’s 10,000 deceptive claim, research featured in the Washington Post

The Washington Post featured an article about USA President Trump’s 10,000st false or misleading claim. In the article, our paper “A personal model of trumpery: Deception detection in a real-world high-stakes setting” (by Sophie van der Zee, me, Alice Havrileck and Aurelien Baillon) has been mentioned. It describes our research on deception detection from President Trump’s tweets. Our research has greatly benefited from the Washington Post’s fact-checking endeavors.


NEMO experiment on children and deception

From Saterday April 20 to Sunday May 5, a team of researchers from the University of Utrecht (led by Albert Ali Salah and me), Erasmus University Rotterdam (led by Sophie van der Zee) and University of Amsterdam (led by Theo Gevers) have conducted a citizen’s science project at the NEMO science museum in Amsterdam. In total 309 people from 6 years old have kindly lied to us in front the camera. Another 163 have provided their services as lie detectors. A huge success, stay tuned for the first results! Thanks to all participants, NEMO and the team.


Picture taken by NEMO – DigiDaan

PlosOne paper on using mocap for detection deception

Our (Sophie van der Zee, Ronald Poppe, Paul J. Taylor and Ross J. Anderson) paper “To freeze or not to freeze: A culture-sensitive motion capture approach to detecting deceit” was accepted for PlosOne. It describes our ground-breaking research on using motion capture technology to accurately, objectively and automatically detect whether people are lying. Our approach can distinguish between lies and truthful statements approximately 82% of the cases.2019_plos_one

Tracking as exertion measure in IJHCS

Our paper on tracking players to estimate their exertion has been published in IJHCS. This is work by Alejandro Moreno, together with Dirk Heylen and Jenny L. Gibson. We demonstrate that unobtrusive tracking, in the context of interactive play, can be readily used as a group measure for exertion. This shows promise for real-time adaptation of game mechanics, to keep exertion within a desirable range.2019_ijhcs_exertion

Two seed money projects awarded

Two project proposals of my colleagues and I have been selected for the Research IT innovation fund 2019 of Utrecht University. VIABLE (PI: Ronald Poppe, co-applicants Chantal Kemner, Maja Dekovic, Albert Ali Salah, Chris Dijkerman, Jorg Huijding) will address the development of tools for the automated analysis of parent-child interactions.

DEEP (PI: Marco Helbich, co-applicants: Daniel Oberski, Ronald Poppe) addresses the automated detection of green zones from street view data using CNNs.

It will be great to work on these novel topics that present many opportunities for further research and development.

BBC documentary “A Week Without Lying”

Wednesday August 29, 21:00 GMT, the documentary “A week without lying – The honesty experiment” will be broadcast on BBC2 as part of the Horizon series. Thanks to the wonderful people at Thoroughly Modern Media for squeezing all that science and insights in just one hour!


But don’t take our word for it that it is enjoyable. It was selected as one of the highlights to watch this week by the Sunday Times. Here are the media reports from AD, RTL Nieuws and Utrecht University website.