This workshop was held at SAMSI in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Forensic science draws on the traditional disciplines of chemistry, physics, materials science, biology, psychology, etc. Forensics practices in crime labs, define tasks in terms of types of evidence: DNA, fingerprint, face images, tool marks, etc. Forensic practitioners (e.g., come lab directors) set priorities based on types of evidence. Forensic scientists identify pitfalls in evidence examination and interpretation based on the technologies of their disciplines. Statistics, applied and computational mathematics identify research areas that cut across both of these classifications of challenges in examination of evidence.
This workshop aimed to:
(1) introduce participants at all levels (from graduate students, to postdocs, to junior and senior faculty in academic institutions) and all mathematical backgrounds (statistics, applied mathematics, computation and computing/information technology) to current state-of-the-art forensic science and point out the need for research in statistical methods for pattern evidence,
(2) create a forum for generation and discussion of ideas for tackling the challenges in placing forensic science on a sound statistical/applied mathematical foundation, and
(3) provide the necessary background for participation in the 2015-2016 SAMSI program.
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Schedule and Supporting Media
Thursday, August 27, 2015
What is Forensic Science?
Friday, August 28, 2015
What Is Pattern Evidence?
Saturday, August 29, 2015
How Should Evidence be Presented in Court?