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2015 International Forensics Symposium: Oral Presentations


Oral Presentations as Presented

Presentations made at the Symposium are listed below. Some authors/presenters decided not to supply their presentation. Submitted abstracts have been provided in lieu of those author's presentations.



The Keynote and Plenary Sessions listed below were also recorded and archived.
The recorded versions can be found HERE.


Tuesday, July 21Plenary Sessions
  • Willie May
  • Jo Handelsman
  • Steve Wax and Brandon Mayfield
Wednesday, July 22Plenary Sessions
Thursday, July 23Plenary Sessions
Friday, July 24Plenary Sessions



Tuesday, July 21Breakout SessionsPresenters
Crime Scene
  • Crime Scene Errors and Issues - H. Lee
  • The Trauma Patient in the Hospital Emergency Department: An Unrecognized Crime Scene - J. Batts
  • Avoiding Non-Selective and Destructive Swabbing - R. Bucht
  • 3D Laser Scanner Error Sources - M. Shilling
  • PANEL - Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Bloodstain Pattern to Address Error Management in the Field of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis - E. Toomer 
Criminalistics I
  • The Madrid Fingerprint Error: Root Cause and Procedures Implemented - M. Gische
  • Quantifying False Individualization in Latent Identification - E. Tabassi
  • Mending Justice and Learning from Error: NIJ's Sentinel Events Initiative - T. Feucht
  • PANEL - Bridging the Gap Between Black Box/White Box Research and Implementation in Latent Print Casework - T. Roberts
  • Policy Decisions in Latent Print Examination Affect Specificity - C. Hall
  • Changes in Latent Print Examinations as a Result of Technical Review - M. Montooth
  • A Forensic Latent Fingerprint Image Quality Metric for Preprocessing Quality Assurance - H. Guan
  • Communicating Measurement Results in the Courtroom: A Matter of Error, Uncertainty and Inference - T. Vosk
Lab Management
  • Guidelines for the Use of Root Cause Analysis to Reduce Error and Improve Quality in Forensic Science Lab - J. Hollway
  • Corrective Measures Taken in Response to DNA Extraction Failures Using a Newly Validated Method - J. McGrory
  • Cultural Aspects of Error Management - V. Weedn
  • Errors in a DNA Testing Laboratory - C. Word
  • Detection and Mitigation of Medical Errors - T. Schenberg
  • The Challenge of Auditing Technical Records Generated During Complex DNA Casework Processes - R. Askew
  • Laboratory Management Techniques and Practices for Creating A Culture Where Quality is Top Priority - N. Morgan
  • Calculating the True Costs of Errors in Forensic Casework - E. Mayo
  • Efficiency Efforts: An Examiner-Friendly Approach to Improving Laboratory Operations - H. Maynard
  • Students in the Forensic Laboratory: Fostering Education While Maintaining Quality - C. Baigent
  • Implementing the Duty to Correct Error in Forensics - B. Scheck
Quality Assurance
  • Considerations on the Efficacy of Accreditation and Laboratory Performance - E. Steel
  • Proficiency Testing Programme in Forensic GSR and Firearm Investigations - L. Niewohner
  • Inaugurating Data Integrity in Forensic Science - A. Mozayani
  • Error, Error Rates, and Uncertainty: What Are They, How Are They Determined, and Do They Facilitate the Discovery of Truth in the Courtroom? - J. Bono/T. Vosk
  • Measuring Criminalistic Uncertainty - J. Kadane
  • PANEL - The Use of Statistical Methods for Error Management in the Forensic Sciences - W. Guthrie



July 22

Breakout SessionsPresenters
Crime Scene
  • Forensic Science -The Quality Assurer? - P. DeForest
  • Measurement Errors with Point Clouds - G. Walsh
  • Pre-flashover Fire Pattern Repeatability on Gypsum Wallboard - D. Madrzykowski
  • Error Management in Fire and Explosion Investigations - C. Beyler
  • How Fire Investigation Organizations Get in Trouble with Preventable Errors - C. Connealy/J. Lentini
  • PANEL - Improving Fire Investigation through Science, Best Practices, and Transparency - L. Garcia
Criminalistics I
  • Arising Issues Implementing Advances in DNA Technology May Tarnish the Gold Standard - A. Jeanguenat
  • NIST Concordance Evaluations to Assist in the Improvement of Commercial STR Multiplexes - C. Steffen
  • Application of a DNA Quantitation Standard for Human Identity Testing - E. Romsos
  • Effect of Drop-in on False Positive and Rank-Order Likelihood Ratios (LR) Calculated for a Mixture of Touch DNA - C. Hughes
  • Error Rates in Probabilistic Genotyping Software for DNA Mixtures in Human Identification: How to Compare - H. Miller Coyle
  • Objective DNA Mixture Information in the Courtroom: Relevance, Reliability and Acceptance - M. Perlin
  • Validating Software for Probabilistic Genotyping - J. Buckleton; Presented by Simone Gittelson
  • Interpretation Errors Detected in a NIST Interlaboratory Study on DNA Mixture Interpretation in the U.S. (MIX13) - M. Coble
  • A Large-scale Study of DNA Mixture Interpretation: Inter- and Intra-Laboratory Variability - R. Aranda IV
  • Defining the Limits of Forensic DNA Profile Interpretation: An Assessment of the Information Content Inherent in Complex Mixtures - K. Inman
  • Errors in Interpretation of DNA Profile Data - C. Word
Criminalistics II
  • New Psychoactive Substances (NPS): How to Keep up with the Never Ending Need for New Reference Materials - M. Collins
  • Error Analysis of a Forensic Controlled Substance Case - H. Harris
  • Positive Identification Starting with a Skull Visualized by a 3D Scanner Using Image Superimposition and the 3D Max Software - D. Humpire Molina
  • 3D Fingerprint Targets - N. Paulter
  • Error Propagation in Shape Analyses with or without Landmarks - S. Ferson
  • Strengthening Forensic Opinions through Objective Assessment of Evidentiary Value: A Prospective for Future Directions in Criminalistics - M. Sigman
  • Mitigation of Fire Debris Compound Naming Error through Automation - M. Sasser
  • Evaluation of the Degradation of Lotion Components Due to Age and Exposure - J. Dake
  • Using Statistical Analysis to Assist with Writer Identification - M. Wakshull
Death Investigation
  • Forensic Pathology as a Forensic Science: History, Current Challenges, Improving Quality and Understanding Cognitive Bias - A. Baker
  • Mitigating DNA Identification Errors in Mass Fatality Response Operations Through Rapid DNA Technology - C. Miles
  • Descriptive Frequency Analysis of 110 Bodies Found in Confined Water Spaces and Determination of the Manner of Death, Including Investigative Outcomes - J. Richardson
  • Searching for a Standard: The Impact that Method Selection has on Evidence Recovery in Forensic Archaeological Investigations - L. Evis
  • Forensic Science Will Greatly Improve Digital Evidence Error Management by Utilizing DICOM and SNOMED CT Standards in Dental and Visible Light Images - A. Casertano
  • Medical Examiner Collection of Comprehensive, Objective Medical Evidence for Conducted Electrical Weapons and Their Temporal Relationship to Sudden Arrest - M. Brave
  • Investigating Arrest-Related Deaths - D. Ross
  • Confirmational Bias and Investigation of Arrest-Related Deaths - S. Karch
  • Medical Examiner Mistakes in Tennessee: A Proposed Model for Formal, Comprehensive Death Investigation Peer Review - A. Hawes
Digital Evidence
  • Error Management in Forensic Digital Imaging Should be a Resolution for Throughout the Entire Law Enforcement Community - D. Witzke
  • Error Treatment in Forensic Authorship Attribution - P. Juola
  • Speaker Detection in a Forensic Environment: Recognizing the Limitations, Improving the Science - A. Martin
  • An Overview of Speaker Variability as a Source of Error in Forensic Automatic Speaker Recognition - F. Kelly
  • PANEL - Speech Chain Analysis for Speaker Recognition Systems and Likelihood Ratios to Express Score Probabilities Under Competing Hypotheses - P. Higgins
Human Factors
  • Cognitive Human Factors and the Use of Signature Features in Questioned/Known Signature Comparisons - M. Merlino
  • Cognitive Human Factors and Call Accuracy in Limited-Information Signature Identification Tasks - T. Freeman
  • Study on Methods of Quality Control and Evaluation of Fingerprint Identification - S. Liu
  • PANEL - Human Factors in Pattern Evidence: How the OSAC Physics/Pattern SAC Subcommittees are Considering Measures to Mitigate the Effects of Bias - M. Gische



July 23

Breakout SessionPresenter
Criminalistics I
  • Crowd Powered Latent Fingerprint Identification: Fusing AFIS with Examiner Markups - S. Arora
  • A Novel Approach for Quantifying the Weight of Fingerprint Evidence - H. Swofford
  • PANEL - You Want Us To Do What? Conducting a Retroactive Review of Hair Microscopy Cases as a Matter of Shared Ethical and Professional Duty - L. Garcia
  • PANEL - Error Management and Forensic Document Examination - E. Wooton
Criminalistics II
  • Congruent Matching - Theory and Application in Forensic Evidence Identification and Error Rate Estimation - J. Song
  • Assessing Error Rates for Firearm Identification Based on the CMC Methods - D. Ott
  • An Analysis of Correlation Scores Between Cartridge Cases - J. Yen
  • Measured Error Rates in Cartridge Case Comparisons - D. Baldwin
  • Gunshot Distance Determination, Crystal Ball Reading or Science? - P. Paradis
  • Lead Density on a Target, A Significant Indicator of Firing Distance but is it Reliable? - E. Gardner
  • Quantitative Metrics for Identifying Characteristic GSR Particles - N. Ritchie
  • Uncertainty Associated with the Elemental Analysis and Forensic Comparison of Materials using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry - J. Almirall
Digital Evidence
  • Improving Cyber Forensics and Cybersecurity through Block Chain Technology with Truth-based Systems - K. Zatyko
  • Measuring and Mitigating Errors in a Digital Forensics as a Service Environment - H. van Beek
  • Measuring Systematic and Random Error in Digital Forensics - A. Nelson
  • A Logic Based Model for Error Management in Network Forensics Analysis - A. Singhal
  • PANEL - Understanding the Relevance of Error Rates in a Digital World - J. Darnell
Human Factors
  • Combating Confirmation Bias: Can Forensic Science Benefit from Importing Eyewitness Identification Procedures? - J. Kukucka
  • The "Six Thinking Hats" Method of Removing Bias from Case Review - R. Blackledge
  • Mitigation of Forensic Error Rates in Evaluating Pattern-Based Handwriting Evidence Using a Lineup Process - L. Miller
  • Development of a Reasonable Minimum Documentation Standard in Latent Print Analysis and Comparison - H. Eldridge
  • A Typology of Under-exploitation of Latent Print Evidence - S. Cole
  • Objective Classification of Fingerprint Image Complexity - H. Swofford
  • Minimizing and Leveraging Bias in Forensic Science - N. Adams
  • High Resolution Heat Imaging Technology - A New Approach in Fingerprint Search and Securing - N. Kreuter
  • Understanding and Detection, Preventing, Mitigating Errors in Stair Fall-Related Personal Injury Litigation Inspections and Other Legally Mandated Inspections - J. Pauls
  • Visual Comparison of Complex Sets of Quantifiable Forensic Data - D. Sorensen
Legal Factors
  • Forensic Scientific Error and Omission Within the Legal System - Forensic Science in the Courtroom: Can we communicate better? - C. Plourd
  • Statistical Issues and Reliability of Eyewitness Identification as a Forensic Tool - K. Kafadar
  • Language Barrier - Creating Standard Terminology to Mitigate Forensic Errors in the Courtroom - J. Gabel
  • The Use of Blinded Eyewitness Identification as a Forensic Procedure - B. Garrett
  • Uncertainty in Forensic Science: A Factor Deliberately Down-Played by Forensic Examiners - C. Spiegelman
  • You're Doing a Great Job, But You're Doing It All Wrong - R. Blackledge
  • Recognizing Sentinel Events in Forensic Science to Avoid Errors - A. Young
  • To Err is Human, but How Might We Measure Error Rates in Forensic DNA Testing and What Would These Error Rates Really Mean? - J. Butler
  • The Potential of Blind Collaborative Justice: Testing the Impact of Expert Blinding and Consensus Building on the Validity of Forensic Testimony - C. Wong
  • Garbage In-Gospel Out? Moving Forensic Fire Investigations into the 21st Century - V. Brannigan
Quality Assurance
  • Forensic DNA: The Gold Standard or Fools Gold? - K. Reich
  • The Value of Regular Benchmarking Studies in Forensic Science to Understand Where Errors Can Occur: Lessons Learned from NIST DNA Interlaboratory Studies - J. Butler
  • Automated DNA Examiner Assessment Tool (DEAT): A Software Program to be Utilized in DNA Benchmarking, Training, Proficiency, and Competency Testing - R. Aranda IV
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Breath Alcohol Measurement Programs Using Intoxilyzers Such as the Intoxilyzer 8000C - S. Krishnan


Created November 19, 2014, Updated May 24, 2017