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CSAFE will Exhibit New Technologies at the 2022 AAFS Annual Conference in Seattle

Anthony Greiter, learning and development specialist, (front, left) talks with a conference attendee at the CSAFE booth during the 2021 IAI Conference. Also pictured are CSAFE researchers Seth Pierre (back left) and Alexandra Arabio (back, center).
Anthony Greiter, learning and development specialist, (front, left) talks with a conference attendee at the CSAFE booth during the 2021 IAI Conference. Also pictured are CSAFE researchers Seth Pierre (back left) and Alexandra Arabio (back, center).

The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) will be an exhibitor at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) annual scientific conference. The conference will be held Feb. 21–25 in Seattle, Washington. CSAFE will be in booth 320 in the Exhibit Hall starting on Wednesday, Feb. 23 through Friday, Feb. 25.

Visitors to the booth will be able to interact with new CSAFE technologies, including a custom-built footwear scanner and a handwriting analysis software app. The researchers who developed these tools will be on hand to give live demonstrations and answer questions. The schedule for the technology demonstrations is:

  • Footwear Data Collection System
    Feb. 23, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Feb. 24, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. and 6–8 p.m.
    Feb. 25, 8 a.m.­­–noon
    See the MANTIS Optics Scanner in action. This tread impression system takes real-time video of gait as a shoe comes in contact with the device. Captured tread patterns can be used with software for comparison.
  • handwriter Software Demonstration
    Feb. 24, 10 a.m.–noon
    Check out a demo of handwriter—an R package that utilizes a variety of functions to identify letters and features from handwritten documents.

Attendees will also be able to attend scheduled meet-and-greets at the booth with CSAFE researchers. The following researchers will be available to meet one-on-one and talk about CSAFE activities:

  • Firearms Black Box Discussion
    Melissa Nally, senior firearms examiner at the Houston Forensic Science Center

    Feb. 24, 12–2 p.m.
    Melissa Nally will be at the booth to discuss her recent black box study of bullets fired from consecutively rifled barrels. She will highlight the potential use of 3D technology in identifications.
  • Director Chat
    Alicia Carriquiry, CSAFE director and Distinguished Professor and President’s Chair in statistics at Iowa State University

    Feb. 24, 6–8 p.m.
    The director and co-founder of CSAFE will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the present and future research of the center. Provide feedback and propose collaboration opportunities during this chat.
  • CSAFE Technology Transfer
    Jeff Salyards, CSAFE research scientist

    Feb. 25, 9–11a.m.
    Research is only so valuable without implementation. Jeff Salyards will share CSAFE’s plans for implementing a variety of current research. If you’re interested in collaborating, let Jeff know.

In addition, several CSAFE researchers will be presenting on their research projects. For the full list of CSAFE presentations and posters at the AAFS conference, visit https://forensicstats.org/news-posts/csafe-researchers-to-present-at-aafs-annual-conference/.

For more information about CSAFE attending the AAFS conference, visit forensicstats.org/aafs2022.

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