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Change cannot happen without community. CSAFE is passionate about achieving its mission to apply a statistically sound and scientifically solid foundation to the interpretation of forensic evidence. To that end, we invite fellow scientists and researchers, along with those in the forensic and legal communities, to use and share these resources as we work together to elevate forensic science and technology.

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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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