Forensics: Transition Workshop: May 9-11, 2016

Registration for this workshop is closed.


This workshop will be held at SAMSI in RTP.


This workshop will present the accomplishments from the 2015-2016 SAMSI forensic workgroups.  It will highlight progress in assessing image quality, and image segmentation, for pattern evidence.  The main examples will come from fingerprints, shoe prints, and firearm toolmarks.  There will also be a session based upon the forensic bias workgroup that highlights the need for contextual information management and blind testing.  Finally NISS and other agencies will discuss their programs, in a separate session, about how important research from this program will be extended well beyond the SAMSI program year.

Schedule and Supporting Media

Speaker Titles Abstracts


Monday, May 9th
SAMSI Room 150

Time Description Speaker
8:00-8:40 Shuttle and Registration
8:40– 9:00 Introductions Richard Smith, SAMSI Cliff Spiegelman, Texas A&M University
Fingerprint Group
9:00 –9:30 Similarity-Based Models for the Quantification of the Weight of Forensic Evidence Cedric Neumann, South Dakota State Univ
9:30-10:00 Modeling the Spatial Relationship between Features of Forensic Interest in Fingerprints Michael Lavine, U Mass
10:00– 10:15 Discussion
10:15-10:45 Break
Image Group
10:45–11:15 Textured Image Deconvolution and Decomposition Duy Thai , SAMSI
11:15-11:30 Discussion
Database group
11:30-12:00 Generic Principles for the Selection of Databases to Represent the Background Population Heidi Eldridge, RTI International
12:00-12:15 Discussion
12:15–1:30 Lunch (2nd Floor Commons)
Pattern Evidence Group
1:30–2:00 Quality Metrics for Pattern Evidence Karen Kafadar, UVA
2:00-2:30 Development and Evaluation of a Model to Quantify the Weight of Fingerprint Henry Swofford, Defense Forensic Science Center
2:30–3:00 A Quality Measure Based on the Global 3 Parts Decomposition Robin Richter, University of Goettingen
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-4:00 Possible Options to Improve AFIS Workflow and Output using Fingerprint Statistics Cedric Neumann, South Dakota State University
4:00–4:15 Discussant Heidi Eldridge, RTI
4:15-4:30 Discussant Alicia Rairden, Houston Forensic Science Center
4:30-4:35 Future Work Karen Kafadar, UVA
4:35-5:00 General Discussion
5:00 Shuttle departs to hotel

Tuesday, May 10th
SAMSI Room 150

Time Description Speaker
8:30 Shuttle
Shoeprint and Ballistics Group
9:00–9:40 Shoe Prints: an Exploratory Analysis of the Relationship among Accidental Mark Characteristics Naomi Kaplan, Hebrew University
9:40-10:20 Decomposing Shoeprint Images Robin Richter, University of Goettingen
10:20–10:50 Break
10:50-11:30 Shoeprint Comparison – the Path from Practice to Science Sarena Wiesner, Israeli Police Forensic Center
11:30-12:10 Why there is Reason to be Optimistic about Shoeprints Cliff Spiegelman, Texas A&M University
12:10-12:40 Discussion
12:40–1:40 Lunch (2nd Floor Commons)
Bias Group
1:40–2:20 Shaken Baby Syndrome on Trial: Sources of Contextual Bias Maria Cuellar, Carnegie Mellon University
2:20-3:00 Making Sense of ‘Making a Murderer’ Lucas Mentch, SAMSI and University of Pittsburgh
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-4:10 Optimizing Human Performance in Crime Laboratories through Testing and Feedback William Thompson, University of California at Irvine
4:10-4:50 When Marker Study Designs Fail the Markers Follow Cliff Spiegelman, Texas A&M University
4:50-5:20 Discussion
5:20 Shuttle departs to hotel

Wednesday, May 11th
SAMSI Room 150

Time Description Speaker
8:30 Shuttle
9:00–9:45 What Next? Building Statistics Resources for Forensic Sciences Nell Sedransk, National Institute of Statistical Sciences
9:45–10:15 Break
10:15–11:00  Technology Transition through the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence Donia Slack, RTI International
11:00–11:45  OSAC Standards Implementation Mark Stolorow, NIST
11:45-12:15 Discussion
12:15 Adjourn, Box Lunch and Shuttle to RDU Airport