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Forensic Science Professionals

CSAFE Forensic Learning Opportunities

Harness tools and training that will help improve your accuracy, objectivity and communication as a forensic scientist or stakeholder.

In a joint collaboration between CSAFE researchers and forensic scientists, we develop and facilitate publicly available programs that amplify existing knowledge or build new competencies in the statistical analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence. These programs include short courses, webinars, workshops, and research updates that touch on a variety of topics relevant to the diverse forensic and applied forensic science communities. CSAFE believes that training and education can enhance technical innovation through alignment of measurement science with emerging and innovative fields of research. Check back regularly for new programs, and please contact us with any interest in educational collaborations or with questions.

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A Pioneer in Forensic Science Reform: The Work of Paul Giannelli

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Published: 2018 | By: Brandon Garrett

Few can say, "I told you so," to our entire criminal justice system. Being right about what is wrong with the use of evidence in criminal cases is not a bad thing, but being able to influence the growing response…

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Probabilistic Reporting in Criminal Cases in the United States: A Baseline Study

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Published: 2020 | By: Simon Cole

Forensic evidence reporting shows a high degree of adherence to prevailing disciplinary standards.  Probabilistic reporting of forensic results remains rare.  Probabilistic reports were mostly subjective verbal assignments of posterior probabilities.

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Statistical methods for digital image forensics: Algorithm mismatch for blind spatial steganalysis and score-based likelihood ratios for camera device identification

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Published: 2020 | By: Stephanie Reinders

Forensic science currently faces a variety of challenges. Statistically suitable reference databases need to be developed and maintained. Subjective methods that can introduce bias need to be replaced by objective methods. Highly technical forensic methods need to be clearly and…

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Open Forensic Science in R

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Published: 2019 | By: Samantha Tyner

This book is for anyone looking to do forensic science analysis in a data-driven and open way. Whether you are a student, teacher, or scientist, this book is for you. We take the latest research, primarily from the Center for Statistics and…

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Statistical Methods for the Forensic Analysis of User-Event Data

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Published: 2020 | By: Chris Galbraith

A common question in forensic analysis is whether two observed data sets originate from the same source or from different sources. Statistical approaches to addressing this question have been widely adopted within the forensics community, particularly for DNA evidence, providing…

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Hunting wild stego images, a domain adaptation problem in digital image forensics

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Published: 2020 | By: Li Lin

Digital image forensics is a field encompassing camera identication, forgery detection and steganalysis. Statistical modeling and machine learning have been successfully applied in the academic community of this maturing field. Still, large gaps exist between academic results and applications used…

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How Can a Forensic Result Be a ‘Decision’? A Critical Analysis of Ongoing Reforms of Forensic Reporting Formats for Federal Examiners

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Published: 2020 | By: Simon A. Cole

The decade since the publication of the 2009 National Research Council report on forensic science has seen the increasing use of a new word to describe forensic results. What were once called “facts,” “determinations,” “conclusions,” or “opinions,” are increasingly described…

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Psychometric Analysis of Forensic Examiner Behavior

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Published: 2019 | By: Amanda Luby

Forensic science often involves the comparison of crime-scene evidence to a known-source sample to determine if the evidence and the reference sample came from the same source. Even as forensic analysis tools become increasingly objective and automated, final source identifications…

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Quantifying the similarity of 2D images using edge pixels: An application to the forensic comparison of footwear impressions

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Published: 2020 | By: Soyoung Park

We propose a novel method to quantify the similarity between an impression (Q) from an unknown source and a test impression (K) from a known source. Using the property of geometrical congruence in the impressions, the degree of correspondence is…

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Quantifying the similarity of 2D images using edge pixels: An application to the forensic comparison of footwear impressions

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Published: 2020 | By: Soyoung Park

We propose a novel method to quantify the similarity between an impression (Q) from an unknown source and a test impression (K) from a known source. Using the property of geometrical congruence in the impressions, the degree of correspondence is…

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A database of two-dimensional images of footwear outsole impressions

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Published: 2020 | By: Soyoung Park

Footwear outsole images were obtained from 150 pairs of used shoes. The motivation for constructing the database was to enable a statistical analysis of two-dimensional (2D) images of shoe outsoles, to understand within shoe (between replicate images of the same…


Statistical Methods for the Forensic Analysis of Geolocated Event Data

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Published: 2020 | By: Christopher Galbraith

A common question in forensic analysis is whether two observed data sets originated from the same source or from different sources. Statistical approaches to addressing this question have been widely adopted within the forensics community, particularly for DNA evidence. Here…

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Statistical methods for the forensic analysis of geolocated event data

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Published: 2020 | By: Chris Galbraith

A common question in forensic analysis is whether two observed data sets originated from the same source or from different sources. Statistical approaches to addressing this question have been widely adopted within the forensics community, particularly for DNA evidence. Here…

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Implementation of a Blind Quality Control Program in a Forensic Laboratory

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Published: 2019 | By: Callan Hund

A blind quality control (QC) program was successfully developed and implemented in the Toxicology, Seized Drugs, Firearms, Latent Prints (Processing and Comparison), Forensic Biology, and Multimedia (Digital and Audio/Video) sections at the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC). The program was…

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CSAFE 2020 All Hands Meeting

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The 2020 All Hands Meeting was held May 12 and 13, 2020 and served as the closing to the last 5 years of CSAFE research and focused on kicking off new initiatives for the next phase of the center, CSAFE…


Comparison of three similarity scores for bullet LEA matching

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Published: 2020 | By: Susan VanderPlas

Recent advances in microscopy have made it possible to collect 3D topographic data, enabling more precise virtual comparisons based on the collected 3D data as a supplement to traditional comparison microscopy and 2D photography. Automatic comparison algorithms have been introduced…

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Error Rates, Likelihood Ratios, and Jury Evaluation of Forensic Evidence

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Published: 2020 | By: Brandon Garrett

Forensic examiners regularly testify in criminal cases, informing the jurors whether crime scene evidence likely came from a source. In this study, we examine the impact of providing jurors with testimony further qualified by error rates and likelihood ratios, for…

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The Costs and Benefits of Forensics

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Published: 2020 | By: Brandon L. Garrett

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously wrote that states can be laboratories for experimentation in law and policy. Disappointingly, however, the actual laboratories that states and local governments run are not a home for experimentation. We do not have adequate…

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How do latent print examiners perceive proficiency testing? An analysis of examiner perceptions, performance, and print quality

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Published: 2020 | By: Sharon Kelley

Proficiency testing has the potential to serve several important purposes for crime laboratories and forensic science disciplines. Scholars and other stakeholders, however, have criticized standard proficiency testing procedures since their implementation in laboratories across the United States. Specifically, many experts…

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An Exploratory Analysis of Handwriting Features: Investigating Numeric Measurements of Writing That Are Important for Statistical Modeling

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Published: 2019 | By: Amy Crawford

The goal of this presentation is to provide insights into which features of handwritten documents are important for statistical modeling with the task of writer identification and to discuss how these features overlap with features that questioned document examiners typically…

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