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CSAFE Forensic Learning Opportunities

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

CSAFE provides educational and training programs on probability and statistics applied to forensic science disciplines. Designed specifically for forensic practitioners, our learning opportunities enhance your existing knowledge and build new competencies. These programs include events and webinars, courses, and workshops. Our available resources also provide research updates that touch on a variety of topics relevant to the diverse forensic science communities. Check back regularly for new learning opportunities.

Contact Us

Let us help you find the best workshop option for your organization’s needs. Contact us to discuss collaboration opportunities and scheduling:

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Anthony Greiter

Learning and Development Specialist
(515) 294-1561
agreiter@iastate.edu

Events & Webinars

Registration is now open for these events.

Available Courses

Short Courses

CSAFE’s online short courses are live, instructor-led courses ranging from 6–8 learning hours. Registration is free.

STATISTICAL THINKING FOR FORENSIC PRACTITIONERS

Session 1: October 14, 2022 — 10:00 a.m.-Noon CT
Session 2: October 21, 2022 — 10:00 a.m.-Noon CT
Session 3: October 28, 2022 — 10:00 a.m.-Noon CT
Session 4: November 4, 2022 — 10:00 a.m.-Noon CT

Long Courses

CSAFE offers self-paced online courses ranging from 20–30 learning hours. Cost per course varies. Contact us for individual and group rates.

Our newest course is available now:

STATISTICS FOR FORENSIC PRACTITIONERS

Statistics for Forensic Science Practitioners is a self-paced, online, continuing education course for forensic science practitioners. This course addresses the core concepts related to probability, statistics, and their application to today’s forensics issues.

Schedule a workshop

CSAFE provides workshops on topics related to probability and statistics as applied to forensic science disciplines. These free opportunities are offered on a range of topics and skill levels and are ideal for small or large groups. CSAFE can tailor any of its workshops to best meet the needs of your organization. Training can be scheduled on‑site or virtual. Contact us to discuss collaboration opportunities and scheduling.

One of our most popular workshops introduces quantitative tools to evaluate forensic evidence:

Survey of Quantitative Tools for
Forensic Evidence

This workshop will introduce you to the most often-suggested quantitative approaches: the two-stage approach and the likelihood ratio (Bayes factor) approach. You will discuss possible applications to different types of evidence.

90 Minutes | Cost: FREE

Available Resources
for Forensic Science Professionals

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Autopsy of a Crime Lab: Addressing the Sources of Error in Forensics

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Published: 2022 | By: Brandon Garrett

Keynote presentation:  Autopsy of a Crime Lab book and overview of IMPL 1 Project Area

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Automatic Class Characteristic Recognition in Shoe Tread Images

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Published: 2022 | By: Jayden Stack

One of the fundamental problems in footwear forensics is that the distribution of class characteristics in the local population is not currently knowable. Surveillance devices for gathering this data are just half of the battle -- it is also necessary…

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Exploration of Subclass Characteristics Manufacturing

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Published: 2021 | By: Veronica Franklin

A webinar presented during the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE0 Firearm and Toolmark webinar series on the progress of our CSAFE project. This study assesses the production of subclass characteristics during the manufacturing of breech faces by three different…

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Tutorial on Likelihood Ratios with Applications in Digital Forensics

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This CSAFE webinar was held on September 15, 2022. Presenters: Rachel Longjohn PhD Student - Department of Statistics, University of California, Irvine Dr. Padhraic Smyth Chancellor's Professor - Departments of Statistics and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine Presentation Description:…


Machine Learning for Forensic Practitioners Short Course (Summer 2022)

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Published: 2022 | By: Heike Hofmann

Presenter: Dr. Heike Hofmann Professor, Department of Statistics, Iowa State University Kingland Faculty Fellow American Statistical Association Fellow AFTE Technical Advisor Research Lead, CSAFE Presentation Description: Dr. Heike Hofmann provides an overview of machine learning and how it applies to…


Ensemble SLRs for Forensic Evidence Comparison

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This CSAFE webinar was held on August 25, 2022. Presenter: Danica Ommen Assistant Professor – Department of Statistics, Iowa State University Presentation Description: To strengthen the statistical foundations of forensic evidence interpretation, likelihood ratios and Bayes factors are advocated to…


Authors’ Response to Commentary on: Liu Y, Attinger D, De Brabanter K. Automatic classification of bloodstain patterns caused by gunshot and blunt impact at various distances

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Published: 2020 | By: Daniel Attinger

The Commentary by A. Keten makes the case for considering evaporation and coagulation in research and applications of the forensic discipline of bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA). The author also mentions two important facts: first, blood stains are often present in…

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Does Image Editing Improve the Quality of Latent Prints? An Analysis of Image‐Enhancement Techniques in One Crime Laboratory

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Published: 2022 | By: Brett Gardner

The following was presented at the 74th Annual Scientific Conference of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Seattle, Washington, February 21-25, 2022

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What types of information can and do latent print examiners review? A survey of practicing examiners

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Published: 2022 | By: Brett Gardner

The following was presented at the 74th Annual Scientific Conference of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Seattle, Washington, February 21-25, 2022.

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Investigative Leads in Latent Prints: A Comparison of Laboratory Procedures

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Published: 2022 | By: Amanda Wilson

The following was presented at the 74th Annual Scientific Conference of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Seattle, Washington, February 21-25, 2022.

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