Program on Statistics and Applied Mathematics in Forensic Science

Research Triangle Park, NC
August 27-29, 2015
Deadline- July 6th

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 is 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.

This workshop will be held at SAMSI in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Sessions will be from 9 am to 5 pm. Click here for more information.