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This three-day symposium showcased cutting edge forensic science

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research being performed at NIST. Attendees learned how NIST's world-class laboratories and staff support many forensic science disciplines.

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The Forensics@NIST 2012 Symposium was held on November 28-30, 2012 (8:30AM – 5:00PM). This Symposium featured over 45 lecture presentations and 40 poster presentations by NIST scientists and their collaborators on relevant forensic science projects.  Presentations in the following forensic science disciplines were delivered on these specific days (no registration fee):

  • November 28, 2012: Forensic Biology/DNA, Firearms/Toolmark Analysis, and Fire Research
  • November 29, 2012: Trace Analysis/Collection
  • November 30, 2012: Computer Forensics, Fingerprints & Biometrics, and Multimedia Forensics

The Symposium featured access to a limited number of exhibitors related to the forensic science industry.  In addition, a deployable forensic laboratory was on display for attendees to view how forensic science procedures can be executed outside of the traditional fixed crime laboratory environment. 

Topic areas:

November 28, 2012:  Forensic Biology/DNA, Firearms/Toolmark Analysis, and Fire Research

November 29, 2012:  Trace Analysis/Collection

November 30, 2012:  Computer Forensics, Fingerprints & Biometrics, and Multimedia Forensics

For a complete list of the Speakers, download the program: Forensics@NIST 2012 Symposium Program Document
(agenda is listed separately above)


DNA Stability, Extractions and Quantitation
Overview of DNA Programs at NIST, John M. Butler
Stability Studies, Margaret C. Kline
DNA Extraction, Erica L. R. Butts
DRAGEN (NIST Forensics Grand Challenge Project), David J. Ross
Digital PCR & DNA Quantitation, Ross J. Haynes
STRs, mtDNA, Rapid DNA
STR Kits & New Loci, Becky Hill
STRBase and Information Resources, John M. Butler
Mixture Interpretation & True Allele, Mike D. Coble
mtDNA Base Composition, Kevin M. Kiesler
Rapid DNA, Pete M. Vallone
Firearms Analysis: Measurement of Identification for Firearms and Toolmark Evidence
Overview of Firearms Projects at NIST, Robert M. Thompson
Establishing the "National Ballistics Evidence Search Engine (NBESE)" Based on 3D Topography Measurements on Correlation Cells , John Song
Initial Tests and Analysis of the NIST Proposed Congruent Matching Cells (CMC) Method using Fired Cartridge Cases from Consecutively Manufactured Pistol Slides, Wei Chu
2D/3D Topography Comparisons of 10 Consecutively Manufactured Chisels and Punches through the Cross Correlation Function, Alan Zheng
NIST Bullet SRM 2460 Replication and Validation Using an Improved Vacuum Casting Method and Potential Evidentiary Use, Thomas Brian Renegar
Firearms Analysis: Improving Accuracy and Quality Assurance
Standard Reference Material 2461 Standard Cartridge Case, Theodore V. Vorburger
The National Ballistic Imaging Comparison Parts 1 and 2, Alan Zheng
Models for Firearm Impression Cross-correlation Scores, James H. Yen
Fire Research at NIST
Verification and Validation of Fire Models Used for Forensic Reconstructions, Kevin B. McGrattan
Trace Analysis/Collection Session
Keynote Address: Netherlands Forensic Institute, Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi
Introduction to Session and Overview of Trace Analysis at NIST, Eric B. Steel
Trace Sampling
Enabling Forensics Investigations of Biothreat Incidents through Sampling Standards, Jayne Morrow
Surface Wipe Sampling for Trace Narcotics and Explosives Collection, Jennifer R. Verkouteren
Aerodynamic Sampling, Matthew E. Staymates
Standard Test Materials/Operational Protocols
Production of Seized Drug Analysis Standards by Inkjet Printing (NIST Forensics Grand Challenge Project), Jeanita S. Pritchett
Nuclear Forensics Reference Materials (NIST Forensics Grand Challenge Project), Kenneth G. W. Inn
Following the Scent – Development of Canine Training Aids, William A. MacCrehan
Performance Validation for Trace, R. Mike Verkouteren
NIST Trace Explosives Test Bed, Marcela Najarro
Mass Spec Reference Libraries for Forensics: Past, Present and Future, Steve E. Stein
Technique Development for Trace Evidence
Automated Particle Analysis, Nicholas W. M. Ritchie
Combined IMS and Biometrics, Jessica L. Staymates
Atmospheric Pressure MS, Tim M. Brewer
Improvements in Trace Involatile Vapor Analysis, Tom J. Bruno
Unified Organic, Inorganic, and Morphological Analysis of Forensic Samples via SEM-based,High-Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy, W. B. Doriese
Computer and Multimedia Forensics
Introduction to Sessions and Overview of Forensics and Information Technology at NIST, Martin Herman
Overview of Computer Forensics at NIST, Barbara Guttman
National Software Reference Library and Diskprint Research 1, Mary T. Laamanen & National Software Reference Library and Diskprint Research 2, John M. Tebbutt
File Identification in iOS, Michael Ogata
Computer Forensic Tool Testing (CFTT) at NIST, James R. Lyle
Mobile Device Tool Testing, Richard Ayers
Developing a Forensic Image Examination Rating Scale, Charles Fenimore
Instance Search, Copy Detection, and Semantic Indexing at TRECVID, Paul D. Over
Fingerprints & Biometrics
Overview of Fingerprint and Biometric Activities at NIST, Michael D. Garris
Overview of the NIST Evaluation of Latent Fingerprint Technologies (ELFT) Project, Michael D. Indovina
Fingerprint Quality, Elham Tabassi
Biometrics & Forensics: The Role of Standards in Data Exchange, Brad Wing
Metrics for Enhancement of Latent Fingerprint Images (NIST Forensics Grand Challenge Project) Andrew M. Dienstfrey & Mary F. Theofanos
Transcending PSNR: SIVV as a Comprehensive Image Fidelity Metric, John M. Libert
Challenges in Forensic Face Recognition, P. Jonathon Philips
Human Assisted Speaker Recognition, Craig S. Greenberg

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Created February 9, 2012, Updated May 13, 2016