Program on Statistics and Applied Mathematics in Forensic Science (Forensics)

When: August 31 – September 4, 2015
Where: Research Triangle Park, NC
Deadline to Apply: July 10, 2015

The Opening Workshop for this program will be held on Monday – Friday, August 31 – September 4, 2015. The workshop will provide an overview of the core topics relevant to the Forensics program, which is devoted to the development of methodological, theoretical, and computational treatments of statistical and applied mathematical analysis and modeling with applications to forensic science and forensics practice. For a more detailed description of the topics to be covered, see the Forensics homepage at

On Monday, August 31 the workshop will open with overview lectures by leading researchers in forensic science and mathematical science for forensics. From Tuesday through Wednesday, invited speakers will address specific challenges presented by forensic work focused on pattern evidence, its analysis, the challenges for its interpretation and its presentation in court. Technical issues in imaging, image identification and image matching comprise one series of topics; quality control and quality metrics constitute another; maximizing the impact of new research in the mathematical sciences by setting research priorities is a third. A poster session and reception with a distinguished speaker will take place on Monday, August 31.

On Wednesday, September 2, Working Groups will be introduced, centering on problems and research directions identified in the Workshop. These groups will meet weekly over the course of the program, with the initial meetings on Thursday or Friday, September 3 or 4.

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