The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the dates for its annual Forensics@NIST. The virtual event will be held Nov. 8–10, 2022.
Forensics@NIST will feature presentations from NIST scientists on how they are using advanced methods in metrology, computer science and statistics to strengthen forensic science. The topics to be covered are:
- statistical methods in forensic science
- firearms and toolmarks
- forensic genetics
- digital and multimedia
As a NIST Center of Excellence, the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) will present on Nov. 10 from 3–4:30 p.m. EST. CSAFE researchers will provide an overview of the CSAFE resources available to the forensic science community and give updates on firearms and toolmarks, bloodstain pattern and handwriting analysis projects.
- CSAFE Overview
Presenter: Alicia Carriquiry, CSAFE director and Distinguished Professor and President’s Chair in Statistics at Iowa State University
- CSAFE Firearms and Toolmarks Analysis
Presenter: Maria Cuellar, assistant professor of criminology at the University of Pennsylvania
- CSAFE Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Presenter: Tong Zou, graduate student in statistics at the University of California, Irvine
- CSAFE Handwriting Analysis
Presenter: Danica Ommen, assistant professor of statistics at Iowa State University
- CSAFE Q&A
Presenters: Carriquiry, Cuellar, Zou and Ommen
NIST will also hold optional workshops on Nov. 14–15, 2022. Each workshop is limited to 175 attendees, and registrations will be approved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendees must attend the main sessions on Nov. 9–10 to register for a workshop. The list of workshops is below:
- How It’s Made: NIST Forensic DNA Reference Materials
- NIST 2022 Forensic Cannabis Workshop
- Mass Spectral Interpretation – Tips and Tools for GC-EI-MS and High-Resolution MS Data
- Process Mapping
- Application & Implementation of 3D Technology, Algorithms, and Statistics for Forensic Firearm and Toolmark Analysis
For more information or to register, visit https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2022/11/forensicsnist-2022.