Please find below the updated draft programme, including some of our confirmed speakers, for Behavioural Analysis 2018, outlining the key subjects to be discussed in Cardiff next March. 

If you would like us to send you a copy of the programme with speakers identified, please complete the form on this page and it will be sent to you once most speakers have been confirmed.

If you are interested in contributing your knowledge and expertise in one of the topic areas (listed on the programme) as a speaker please contact Philip Baum, the conference chairman, at Please set out the content of your proposed presentation and the benefits of the paper for conference delegates. Presentations will only be considered if delivered by end-users, academics, regulators, and/or current employees of the security services.

Members of The Security Institute are able to claim CPD points for attending Behavioural Analysis 2018. Attending both days of the conference will allow you to receive 12 points. 



Behavioural Analysis 2018

14th – 15th March 2018

Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

Draft Programme


Day One: Wednesday 14th March 2018


08.30 Registration & Coffee


09.15 Conference Chairman’s Opening Address

Philip Baum, Managing Director, Green Light Ltd

& Editor, Aviation Security International


09.30 Keynote:

Behavioural Analysis: Lessons Learned from Recent Terrorist Attacks

Over the past two years, transportation hubs, entertainment venues, sporting events, markets, beaches, museums, places of worship and city centres have all witnessed callous acts of terrorism. We look at the behavioural traits of the, often suicidal, perpetrators and consider to what extent the early identification of such indicators might have helped prevent the attacks being successful. We further consider the barriers towards the implementation of behavioural analysis techniques.

Speaker Invited


Session 1: Behavioural Analysis in Practice

10.00 Behavioural Analysis: Industry Focus

Behavioural Analysis and visitor/crowd surveillance techniques are used in a broad range of different environments. Behavioural Analysis 2018 looks at some industry sectors and presenters explain how surveillance has enhanced security and addressed specific challenges beyond that of terrorism.

10.00-10.25   Places of Worship: communities protecting themselves

Speaker Invited

10.25-10.50   Sporting Events: combatting court-siding and gambling

Andrew Wolfe Murray, Partner, Theseus Partners, UK

10.50-11.10   Transport Security: human trafficking in focus

Sarah-Jane Prew, Wales Anti-Slavery Leadership Group, UK & Airline Ambassadors International, USA


11.10 Coffee & Networking


Session 2: The Biology of Fear & Deception

11.40 Fight, Flight or, Perhaps, Freeze: anxiety isn't always what it seems

What happens to the body when a person is experiencing stress, distress or fear? This paper sets out to explain to security specialists the way in which our bodies might emit indications of discomfort or anxiety. Delegates will gain a better understanding of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, the fight or flight response and, in particular, how we might (or might not) be able to identify deception through observation of visible physiological reactions to stressors. The presentation will also consider what steps those with ill intent might take to cover up signs of stress which would otherwise be emitted and the reasons why not every liar displays signs of nervousness in the first place.

Louise Jupe, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK

12.10 Case Study:  The Impact of Integrating Real-time, Multichannel Behaviour Analysis and Elicitation/Engagement Strategies in High-stake Contexts"

This session will share the impact of two components of behavioural analysis for those responsible for observing, targeting, engaging and responding to those who may pose a serious threat to airport safety and security. First, the challenge of primary detection; identifying and targeting those with potential malintent from a crowd of genuine airport users from behaviour alone, without racial or other discriminatory profiling practices. Secondly, testing the prediction through real-time behavioural analysis across multiple communication channels using powerful elicitation and questioning techniques. We will outline how this increased true negatives by 400% and reduced false positives by 60% in a high-stake experiment, conducted over six days in a busy airport by an integrated team of behaviour detection officers from civil, police and military agencies.

Sorin Losnita, Romanian Intelligence Service, Romania & Cliff Lansley, EIA Group, UK


12.40 Panel Q&A


13.00 Lunch & Networking


Session 3: Stereotyping, Perception & Racial Profiling                                                        

14.00 Understanding Intuitive Bias

Colombian man. Thai woman. The phrases conjure up intuitive stereotypical images, often negative in nature and unfairly so. Humour is also based on such stereotypes, hence concepts such as the Irish joke or Jewish joke. The terrorist threat is often perceived to be exclusively Islamic nature, regardless of the statistics. How exactly do such intuitive judgments affect and bias our decisions?

Wim De Neys, CNRS & Université Paris Descartes, France

14.25 Good Looking People & the ‘Halo Effect’

Good looking people do good things and ugly people do bad things…or so it often seems. We examine our predisposition to view more attractive individuals as innocent and those less so as being more likely guilty of committing a crime. We share the research and consider the implications for those implementing behavioural analysis programmes as part of their security arsenal.

Speaker Invited

14.50 Panel Discussion: Religious Sensitivities in Security Decision-Making

Representatives of Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faith groups join our Conference Chairman in a discussion about the challenges their communities face, both in terms of stereotyping and subsequent screening.

Moderated by: Philip Baum

Panel Members (Confirmed):

Gurmel Singh, Secretary General, Sikh Council UK

Usama Hasan, Quilliam Foundation

Panel Member (Invited):

Representative of Board of Deputies of British Jews


15.30 Afternoon Tea & Networking


Session 4: Addressing, by Understanding, Specific Criminal & Anti-Social Activity

There are some anti-social and illegal activities which impact a broad range of industries; narcotics use and alcohol intoxication are classic examples. Others are particularly relevant to crowded environments, such as sexually deviant behaviour – for example frotteurism – or mob action, where assailants have a sense of safety in numbers. And then there are those cyber terrorists/criminals who, hidden in the mystique of the world wide web, prey on the vulnerable. In order to identify such threats, it is often advantageous to understand the mindset of the perpetrator, how they select their target and what steps they take in order to avoid detection.

16.00 Profile of the Fixated Threat in Action  

David James, Theseus Partners, UK

16.25 Profile of Group Offenders

Dr Jessica Woodhams, Reader in Forensic Psychology & Director of the Centre for Applied Psychology, and Co-Director of the Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing, University of Birmingham, UK

16.50 Profile of Frotteurs & Sexual Deviants

Dr Lynsey Gozna, Department of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour
University of Leicester, UK

17.15 Profile of a Cyber Criminal

Nadine Touzeau, Profiler, net-profiler, France


17.40 Day 1 Wrap-up


17.45 Principality Stadium: Tour




Day Two: Thursday 15th March 2018


09.00 Session Chairman’s Opening Comments


Session 5: Policing Perspectives

09.10 Stop & Search: reasonable grounds?

In the United Kingdom, a police officer has powers to stop and search you if they have ‘reasonable grounds’ to suspect you’re carrying: illegal drugs; a weapon; stolen property; or something which could be used to commit a crime. What are ‘reasonable grounds’?

Nick Glynn, Senior Programme Officer, Policing & Security Governance, Open Society Initiative for Europe, UK

09.35 Case Study: British Transport Police: From Concept to Operation

The British Transport Police was the first police force in the UK to operationally deploy behavioural detection officers and, therefore, to train all uniformed officers in the associated techniques - a huge undertaking. Delegates will learn how behavioural detection was incorporated into security operations, alongside the force’s motivating factor for initiating the programme, the subsequent process undertaken, and the pitfalls encountered along the way.

Rae Jiggins, Polarm International Ltd., UK

10.00 Super Recognisers

Whilst not behavioural analysis, Super Recognisers do rely on the human brain, rather than technology, to identify threats, and police forces are now deploying them in order to detect known terrorists, criminals or, in a sports stadium, hooligans. These officers have exceptional facial recognition ability. This presentation will explain the requisite skillsets to be a Super Recogniser and the ways in which Super Recognisers might be deployed.

Mick Neville, Super Recognisers International, UK

10.25 Panel Q&A


10.40  Coffee & Networking


11.10 Case Study: Securing The O2 Arena

Paul Williams, Security Operations Manager, The 02, London, UK


Session 6: The Role of Technology

11.40  Session Chairman’s Introductory Comments

Behavioural analysis does not necessarily mean subjective decision making! There are emerging technologies which might help security agencies identify persons with negative intent.

11.45 Intelligent CCTV: can the camera focus on unusual behaviour?

Simon Moore, Cardiff University, UK

12.05 Facial Thermographs: might heat spots identify negative intent?       

Reyer Zwiggelaar, Aberystwyth University, UK

12.25 Layered Voice Analysis: the way we speak

Amir Liberman, Nemesysco, Israel


12.50 Lunch & Networking


Session 7: The Response

It’s all very well identifying an individual with negative intent, but how should the security services react?

13.50 The Art of Questioning: having THE conversation

The manner in which one responds to a perceived threat depends on the operating environment, but the earlier one can intervene the better. Often the first step is to initiate a conversation in a non-confrontational style. Delegates will consider the various interview styles which can be applied in protecting a venue or transportation hub. This session will include a practical demonstration of questioning techniques.

Speaker Invited, USA

14.20 Emergency Response: when you think the threat is real

Perhaps the greatest challenge for the security operative is knowing what to do when they feel a person they initially suspected of having negative intent is actually about to commit a criminal act. All too often responses become watered down by either excessive reporting channels or a preference for keeping people under surveillance...potentially until it's too late. At one end of the scale the observer may be faced with the protestor, who means no harm, or streaker who is exhibitionist in nature, yet at the other end is the suicidal terrorist who must be stopped before reaching their intended target. This presentation looks at the more ominous behavioural indicators, based on specific case references, and sets out a tactical plan for organisations wishing to actively deploy crowd surveillance techniques. Using Munich's 2017 Oktoberfest as a case study, we show how an event can be better secured by empowering security officers to take appropriate action when faced with an imminent threat.

Ofir Malka, CEO SafeZones, Germany

14.45 Insider Threat Response: identifying radicalisation in the workplace

The insider threat is one of the most significant concerns for the security services – the trusted individual morphing into the attacker. How can organisations best identify the employee who poses a threat – particularly those who may been radicalised -  and, having done so, how is that threat best managed?

Usama Hasan, Quilliam Foundation, UK

15.10 Afternoon Tea & Networking in the Exhibition Area


Session 8: Marauding Firearms Attacks & Suicidal Terrorism

15.40 Marauding Firearms Attacks: not always by suicidal terrorists

Over the past few years there have been an abundance of attacks perpetrated by heavily armed individuals with a range of ideologies and psychological mindsets, the massacre in Las Vegas being the most recent example. Anders Behring Breivik, in Norway, Martin Bryant, in Australia, Esteban Santiago, in Florida, and a host of school-based incidents around the world illustrate that not all assailants are terrorists. How can gun crime be anticipated? We examine the profile of those who kill en masse.

Leeran Gold, Registered Psychologist, Promises Healthcare, Singapore

16.10 The Suicidal Terrorist: recruitment & training

Who becomes a suicidal terrorist and why? It’s a question often posed. More appropriately for this conference, we address the question of how is the suicidal terrorist selected and what training do they undergo?      

Dr. Sagit Yehoshua, Criminologist, Israel

16.40 The Proof of the Pudding: attacks against aviation identified by behavioural analysis

How have behavioural analysis techniques actively prevented suicidal attacks against the aviation industry and how might the lessons be adopted by those involved in securing sports stadia, entertainment venues, festivals and tourist attractions.

Philip Baum, Managing Director, Green Light Ltd., UK


17.10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


17.30 Close

Behavioural Analysis 2018 offers valuable, practical insight into behavioural analysis techniques used to identify individuals with negative intent at large-scale sports and entertainment venues, transportation hubs and tourist attractions.

Security conference exploring non-racial profiling, stress responses, behavioural indicators and tactical risk analysis techniques