Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Forensic Science is the analysis of evidential material in relation to a crime for presentation in a court of law. The scientific evidence is used to ascertain material facts in the case. However, certainty is something science and scientists struggle with. We are much happier in shades of grey e.g. "warrants further research" or "the results suggest", but a courtroom requires more. With some types of evidence, such as DNA, statistics and probabilities are routinely used to determine a likelihood of whether a result is consistent with a supposition or not. With other evidence types there is a push for more statistical interpretations. This requires establishment of "ground truth" datasets and tests of "foundational validity" as advised by the highly critical National Academy of Sciences report on Forensic Science. 2019 is the tenth anniversary of this report and the talk will discuss these issues while highlighting how the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science is researching methods to apply modern statistical and data analytical methods in order to support forensic casework in the long term.