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President’s Lecture to explore credibility assessment tools February 17

ISSUED: 4 February 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s President’s Lecture Series begins on Monday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium with a lecture by Dr. Robert “Greg” Cutlip titled “Credibility Assessment For Our Security: Technologies, Tests, and Research Tools.”

Cutlip will discuss deception detection, which is a major field of interest in criminal investigation and prosecution, national security screening, screening at ports of entry, and in the military. Cutlip will discuss some of the technologies, tests, and research tools used in the credibility assessment community. While polygraph tests have improved, Cutlip said new testing methods include a host of biometics and behavioral observations including non-contact technologies such as laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) and thermal imaging, which have been shown to provide more accurate responses, and Occular Credibility Assessment Systems. Thermal imaging can be used to obtain measures previously acquired using contact sensors, including heart rate, electrodermal activity, and respiration. He will discuss these technologies, tests, and tools and how they are being used in national security.

Cutlip is a senior research scientist with the Defense Intelligence Agency, adjunct associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and member of the graduate faculty. His research focus is on musculoskeletal disorders, pathomechanics, and aging. In addition, his current research focus is in the area of credibility assessment using physiological signals, and the multimodal acquisition of physiological signatures for credibility assessment and biometrics. Since 2010, Cutlip has been working for the Defense Intelligence Agency developing advanced physiological sensing modalities for credibility assessment with applications to biometrics. He has been actively collaborating with faculty at WVU on thermal modalities for use in credibility assessment and biometrics. He is a member of the American Physiological Society, a reviewer for premier journals in physiology and biomechanics, and the author of more than 50 academic publications, book chapters, and peer-reviewed proceedings.

Other lectures planned this semester include:

For more information, contact Karen Rice, director of Lifelong Learning, at or 304-876-5135.

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