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CSAFE Announces Final Agenda and Speakers for Upcoming Virtual Field Update

CSAFE 2021 Field Update

The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) announced the final agenda and speaker lineup for its annual Field Update on Monday, June 14 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. CDT.

During the Field Update, CSAFE researchers will discuss the latest advancements in CSAFE research and provide insights from its top publications from the past year. Attendees will also preview research CSAFE teams are beginning to work on for the upcoming year.

In addition, CSAFE will present a special session on applying algorithms to forensic science analysis. In this two-part session, attendees will learn how algorithms are becoming helpful tools and critical considerations for their implementation. Panelists will be available for discussion after each presentation.

The Field Update presentations and speaker lineup include:

Implementing Blind Proficiency Testing in Forensic Laboratories: Motivation, Obstacles, and Recommendations

Robin Mejia, Carnegie Mellon University

Judges and Forensic Science Education: A National Survey

Brandon Garrett, Duke University

Everest—We are Going to Lose Many: A Survey of Fingerprint Examiners’ Attitudes Towards Probabilistic Reporting

Simon Cole, University of California, Irvine

Treatment of Inconclusive Results in Error Rates of Firearms Studies

Heike Hofmann, Iowa State University

A Field Analysis of Laboratory Case Processing: Print Comparison and Examiner Conclusions

Brett Gardner, University of Virginia and Maddisen Neuman, Houston Forensic Science Center

Psychometric Analysis of Forensic Examiner Behavior

Amanda Luby, Swarthmore College

A Clustering Method for Graphical Handwriting Components and Statistical Writership Analysis

Alicia Carriquiry, Iowa State University

EviHunter: An Android Application Forensic Artifacts Database

Yong Guan, Iowa State University

Statistical Methods for the Forensic Analysis of Geolocated Event Data

Padhraic Smyth, University of California, Irvine

Evaluating Foundational Validity of Toolmark Analysis

Maria Cuellar, University of Pennsylvania

Subclass Characterization and Analysis of Firearms

Keith Morris, West Virginia University

Statistical Methods for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Hal Stern, University of California, Irvine

Statistical Models for the Generation and Interpretation of Footwear Impression Evidence

Charless Fowlkes, University of California, Irvine

The CSAFE Field Update is free and open to the public, but researchers, collaborators and members of the broader forensic and statistics communities are encouraged to attend. To attend the live webcast, register at

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