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CSAFE will Showcase New Publication Series at IAI Conference

2021 IAI Conference

The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) will be attending the International Association for Identification’s (IAI) Educational Conference Aug. 1-7 in Nashville, Tenn. CSAFE will be at booth 506 in the Exhibit Hall starting on Monday, Aug. 2.

CSAFE will be showcasing its new Insights series. These two-page publications are tailored for forensics practitioners and legal professionals and offer quick, actionable overviews of CSAFE research. Previously only available online, the conference will be the first opportunity for attendees to pick up copies of the Insights. There are currently 14 Insights available.

In addition to a redesigned booth experience, attendees will get to meet one-on-one with the Center’s researchers and learn more about their work in pattern and digital evidence.

Attendees will also be able to give their feedback on how they prefer to learn about new technologies, research studies and statistics from CSAFE. A survey recently has been developed that will be introduced at the conference and is available online. CSAFE will use the survey responses to plan new learning opportunities for forensic science professionals.

CSAFE researchers will be presenting a workshop, lectures and poster presentations at the IAI conference as well. Below is the list of presentations:


  • Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners (W135)
    Aug. 3 at 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT in Lincoln E
    Hal Stern, CSAFE co-director and Chancellor’s Professor of statistics at the University of California, Irvine (UCI); and Naomi Kaplan-Damary, post-doctoral researcher in statistics at UCI


  • Studying Reproducibility and Reliability for Pattern Evidence Comparisons
    Aug. 5 at 1 p.m.-1:55 p.m. CDT in Presidential Ballroom A
    Hina Arora, graduate student in statistics at UCI; and Kaplan-Damary
  • Using Mixture Models to Examine Group Differences – Studying Juror Perceptions of the Strength of Forensic Science Evidence
    Aug. 5 at 2-2:30 p.m. in Presidential Ballroom A
  • A Comparison of Image Descriptors when Matching Footwear Outsole Images
    Aug. 5 at 4:15-5 p.m., location to be determined
    Alicia Carriquiry, CSAFE director and Distinguished Professor and President’s Chair in statistics at Iowa State University

Poster Presentations

All poster presentations will be held on Aug. 3 from 5-7 p.m. CDT in the Exhibit Hall.

  • The Effect of Weight on the Placement of RACs in 2D Outsole Images
    Caroly Coronado-Vargas, undergraduate student in statistics at Iowa State University and a CSAFE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer intern
  • Handwriter: An R Package for Statistical Writership Analysis
    Julia Lundstrum, undergraduate student in mathematics at Iowa State; and Felix Baez-Santiago, undergraduate student in data science at Iowa State
  • Quantifying Common Word Variance Through Rainbow Triangle Graph Decomposition
    Alexandra Arabio, graduate student in statistics at Iowa State; and Annie DiFrank, accelerated master’s program in forensic science and law at Duquesne University and a CSAFE REU summer intern
  • Relationship Between Handwriting Slant and Demographic Features
    Anyesha Ray, undergraduate student in statistics at Iowa State
  • Score-based Likelihood Ratios for Camera Device Identification
    Stephanie Reinders, post-doctoral researcher at Iowa State
  • StegFinder, a Forensic Tool to Detect Messages Hidden in Images
    Seth Pierre, undergraduate student in electrical engineering at Iowa State

The 105th IAI Annual Educational Conference is the largest conference in the world for forensic and crime scene professionals. The week-long event includes scientific, technical and operational lectures, as well as hands-on workshops focused on a wide variety of topics. CSAFE is a conference sponsor.

For more information about CSAFE attending the IAI conference, visit