2015-16: E&O: Undergraduate Workshop – February 22-23, 2016


This workshop will be held on Monday, February 22, and Tuesday, February 23 at SAMSI.


As part of its Education and Outreach Program for 2015-2016, the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) will offer a two-day undergraduate workshop on topics of current interest in statistics and applied mathematics. In addition to an overview of current and planned SAMSI Research Programs, the program topic

Program on Statistics and Applied Mathematics in Forensic Science (Forensics) will be covered in some depth. The workshop with a focus on Forensics will feature introductory lectures on mathematical and statistical methods in forensic science. Particular emphasis will be given to the understanding of mathematical methods to link various patterns (e.g., finger prints, tool marks, tire marks) obtained at crime scenes to evidence of crimes. Hands on illustrations will be presented and hence the participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.

Participants are urged to arrive on Sunday evening and will be able to begin their return home by 1:00PM on Tuesday. Applications received by Friday, January 8, 2015 will receive full consideration.

While students from universities not in the U.S. are welcome to apply, please be aware that priority is given to students who are enrolled at U.S. schools.

SAMSI will reimburse appropriate travel expenses as well as provide food and lodging.

Questions: email ugworkshop@samsi.info

Schedule and Supporting Media

Participant List
Instructions for Installing R

Monday, February 22, 2016
at SAMSI, Room 150

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:15-8:30 a.m. Shuttle to SAMSI (meet in hotel lobby)
8:30-9:00 Registration Duy Hoang Thai and Karem Jackson, SAMSI
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI/NCSU
Jamie Nunnelly, SAMSI/NISS
9:15-10:30 Statistical Needs in Forensic Science
What does the counting of bullets used to assassinate President Kennedy and Humpty Dumpty have in common?
Cliff Spiegelman, Texas A&M University  
10:30-11:45 The Real CSI Carla Foran, Raleigh/Wake CCBI Lab
11:45-12:30 Group Photo and Lunch at SAMSI
12:30-12:45 Shuttle to CCBI Lab (Meet in Parking lot)
12:45-2:00 Overview of the Crime Lab and tour of facilities Sam Pennica & Andy Parker, CCBI Lab
2:00-2:15 Shuttle back to SAMSI (meet in Lab’s reception)
2:15-3:15 Making Sense of Making a Murderer Lucas Mentch, SAMSI  
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-4:30 A Tutorial on Creating Distribution-based Quality Metrics (with R demos)
R code
Lucas Mentch, SAMSI  
4:30-4:45 Break
4:45-5:30 SAMSI Graduate students and Postdoctoral fellows
Panel Discussion: Career in Mathematical Sciences
Adam Jaeger
Ben Risk
Munir Winkel
Sarah Vallelian
All from SAMSI
5:30-6:45 Meet with SAMSI members and Dinner (2nd Floor Commons)
7:00 Shuttle to the Hotel

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
at SAMSI, Room 150

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:15-8:30 a.m. Shuttle to SAMSI (Check out and meet in hotel lobby)
9:00-9:15 Recap Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI/NCSU
9:15-10:30 Statistical analysis of fingerprints Cedric Neumann, South Dakota State University
10:30-11:45 Identifying the Culprit: Challenges in Forensic Science Karen Kafadar, University of Virginia  
11:45-12:00 Adjourn
12:00 Boxed lunch and shuttle to RDU Airport
(Don’t forget to submit evaluation forms before you leave)