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June 2021

CSAFE 2021 Field Update

Monday, June 14 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
Virtual
Free
CSAFE 2021 Field Update

The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) invites you to the 2021 Field Update to learn more about our activities and accomplishments from the past year. Our team of researchers will highlight the Center's current research projects, and give you information and tools you can use. The Field Update will provide you a chance to give feedback, suggestions or ask questions. Field Update Highlights Our faculty and staff will discuss the latest advancements in CSAFE research Hear…

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CSAFE All Hands Meeting

Tuesday, June 1 at 1:00 pm - Wednesday, June 2 at 4:30 pm CDT
Virtual
Free
2021 CSAFE All Hands Meeting

Day 1: Tuesday, June 1, 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m. CDT Day 2: Wednesday, June 2, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. CDT Meeting Overview The All Hands Meeting will bring together CSAFE's outstanding team of faculty, staff, students and collaborators to highlight our achievements, identify areas for collaboration and discuss goals for the future. The All Hands Meeting will be an excellent opportunity to connect with experts in statistical foundations, pattern and digital evidence, and training and education. The meeting will include a review…

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May 2021

Webinar: Algorithms in Forensic Science: Challenges, Considerations, and a Path Forward

Tuesday, May 25 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

CSAFE invites researchers, collaborators, and members of the broader forensics and statistics communities to participate in our Spring 2021 Webinar Series on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021, from 12:00-1:00pm CST. The presentation will be “Algorithms in Forensic Science: Challenges, Considerations, and a Path Forward.”  Presenter: Henry Swofford Ph.D. Candidate - University of Lausanne Presentation Description: Over the years, scientific and legal scholars have called for the implementation of algorithms (e.g., statistical methods) in forensic science to provide an empirical foundation to…

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Webinar: Assessing Footwear Examiner Performance

Thursday, May 13 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

CSAFE invites researchers, collaborators, and members of the broader forensics and statistics communities to participate in our Spring 2021 Webinar Series on Thursday, May 13th, 2021, from 11:00am-Noon CST. The presentation will be “Assessing Footwear Examiner Performance - Randomly Acquired Characteristic (RAC) Examinations.”  Presenter: Corey Katz Graduate Researcher - University of California, Irvine Presentation Description: There has recently been increased attention on the reliability and validity of methods used in the analysis of forensic evidence. Black-box studies, studies in which…

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April 2021

Short Course Session 3: Quantitative Tools for Forensic Evidence

Friday, April 23 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

This event took place on April 23, 2021. A recording of the event can be found below.  Session 3 Description: Session 3: Quantitative Tools for Forensic Evidence is the third session in the three-session short course, Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners.  The National Academies report in 2009 and the PCAST report in 2016 encouraged consideration of quantitative approaches to assessing forensic evidence. In this session, we review two of the most often-suggested quantitative approaches, the two-stage approach and the likelihood…

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Short Course Session 2: Sampling, Statistics and the Status Quo

Friday, April 9 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

This event took place on April 9, 2021. A recording of the event can be found below.  Session 2 Description: Session 2: Sampling, Statistics and the Status Quo is the second session in the three-session short course, Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners.  Statistical ideas such as sampling, point and interval estimation of population quantities, and hypothesis testing have direct application in forensic science. In this session, we start from fundamental ideas about variability (and its sources) in measurements used in…

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Webinar: IRT for Forensics: A re-analysis of the FBI “Black Box” Study

Thursday, April 8 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

This event took place on April 8, 2021. A recording of the event can be found below. CSAFE invites researchers, collaborators, and members of the broader forensics and statistics communities to participate in our Spring 2021 Webinar Series on Thursday, April 8, 2021, from 1:00pm-2:00pm CST. The presentation will be “IRT for Forensics: A re-analysis of the FBI “Black Box” Study.”  Presenter: Amanda Luby Assistant Professor in Statistics, Swarthmore College Presentation Description: In this webinar, Amanda Luby will explore how…

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March 2021

Short Course Session 1: Probability Concepts and their Relevance to Forensic Science

Friday, March 26 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

This event was held on March 26, 2021. A recording of the event can be found below. Session 1 Description: Session 1: Probability Concepts and their Relevance to Forensic Science is the first session in the three-session short course, Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners.  Probability is the mathematical language of uncertainty. Probabilities are used to describe the frequency or likelihood of events or to characterize measurement uncertainty. In this first session, we introduce the laws of probability and their application…

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Source Code on Trial Symposium

Friday, March 12 at 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm CST
Online Learning
Free

This event took place on March 12, 2021. A recording of the event can be found below. Presenters: Introductory Speaker: Edward Imwinkelried Panelists: Rebecca Wexler, Mark Perlin, Ric Simmons and Kelley Kulick Presentation Description: Over a decade has passed since The National Academy of Forensic Science’s report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, called on the scientific community to examine the scientific foundations and limitations of various forensic disciplines. The report spurred important collaborations between the…

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Webinar: Handwriting Analysis in CSAFE

Thursday, March 11 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Online Learning
Free

This event took place on March 11, 2021. A recording of the event can be found below. CSAFE invites researchers, collaborators, and members of the broader forensics and statistics communities to participate in our Spring 2021 Webinar Series on Thursday, March 11, 2021, from 1:00pm-2:00pm CST. The presentation will be “Handwriting Analysis at CSAFE.”  Presenter: Alicia Carriquiry Distinguished Professor and President's Chair in Statistics, CSAFE Director Presentation Description: Forensic handwriting analysis relies on the principle of individuality: no two writers…

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