Putting the Science Back Into Forensic Science

Cole, C. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description

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.
Period30 Apr 2019
Held atStrathclyde SIAM-IMA Student Chapter Meeting 2019
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgow, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational