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CSAFE Researchers Present at Forensics@NIST 2020

The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) researchers participated in Forensics@NIST held virtually Nov. 5-6.

Over the two days, NIST scientists gave presentations on statistical methods in forensic science, firearms and associated toolmarks, digital and identification evidence, drugs and toxins, trace evidence and forensic genetics. Attendees were able to participate by submitting questions after each session.

CSAFE researchers presented a session on the center’s research and training activities. Alicia Carriquiry, CSAFE director, started off the session with an overview of the center, including its mission, research areas and collaboration opportunities.

Charless Fowlkes, a professor and Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Irvine and CSAFE researcher, provided an overview of CSAFE’s footwear impression analysis projects.

Heike Hofmann, a professor and Kingland Faculty Fellow at Iowa State University and CSAFE researcher, outlined some of the accomplishments her research team has made over the past five years on firearms and toolmarks analysis and the projects the team is currently working on.

Brandon Garrett, co-director of CSAFE and the L. Neil Williams Professor of Law at Duke University, explained CSAFE’s research on implementing new probabilistic methods into practice.

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