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Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference Presentation Slides

Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference Presentation Slides
June 4, 2013
8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration: NIST Lecture Room A, Building 101
9:00 - 9:30 AM

WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

  • John Paul Jones II, Program Manager, Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Heather Waltke, Associate Director, Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
  • Ted Burkes, Scientific Working Group on Forensic Document Examinations (SWGDOC) Chair, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Jane Lewis, American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Questioned Documents (QD) Section Director and Private Examiner
9:30 - 10:15 AM

CURRENT STATE OF HANDWRITING ANALYSIS

Forensic Handwriting Examinations: The Progression to our Current State

10:15 - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 - 12:00 PM

FOUNDATIONAL SCIENCE BEHIND HANDWRITING

Neuroscience behind the Motor Control and Motor Equivalence of the Handwriting Function

  • Michael Caligiuri, PhD, Professor, University of California, San Diego

Handwriting Stroke Kinematics

  • Linton Mohammed, PhD, D-ABFDE, Forensic Document Examiner, Forensic Science Consultants, Inc.

Cognitive Theoretical Perspectives in Studies of Forensic Document Examination including "What Examiners Look At" (i.e. Eye-tracking)

  • Mara Merlino, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Kentucky State University

Moderated by Jane Lewis, AAFS-QD Section Director, Private Examiner





12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch: On Your Own in NIST Cafeteria
1:00 - 2:30 PM

REPRODUCIBILITY AND RELIABILITY STUDIES

Performance of Forensic Document Examiners – Including Reliability and Repeatability

  • Moshe Kam, PhD, Professor, Drexel University

Homogeneous Writing Research

  • Marie Durina, Senior Forensic Document Examiner, San Diego Sheriff's Crime Laboratory

Lineup: The Reliability of Examinations Involving Multiple Suspected Writers

  • David Parrett, Forensic Document Examiner

Moderated by Rigo Vargas, Questioned Documents Section Chief, Mississippi Crime Laboratory



2:30 - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 - 5:00 PM

ADVANCES IN MEASUREMENT SCIENCE IN HANDWRITING ANALYSIS

Introduction to Quantitative Systems for Forensic Handwriting Comparisons

  • JoAnn Buscaglia, PhD, Research Chemist, FBI

WANDA: A Measurement Tool for Forensic Document Examiners

  • Katrin Franke, PhD, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Digital Forensics and Cybercrime Investigation Laboratory at Gjøvik University College

The Forensic Language-Independent Analysis System for Handwriting Identification (FLASH ID)

  • Mark Walch, President CEO, Gannon Technologies Group, and Donald Gantz, PhD, Statistician, George Mason University

CEDAR FOX and iFOX

  • Sargur Srihari, PhD, Professor, SUNY – Buffalo

D-Scribe

  • Matthias Schulte-Austum, Siemens AG, Senior Software Development Engineer and Siemens Key Expert Pattern Recognition

Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT): Writer Recognition by Computer Vision

  • Jeffrey P. Woodard, PhD, Researcher, The MITRE Corporation

Moderated by JoAnn Buscaglia, PhD, Research Chemist, FBI

June 5, 2013
8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration: NIST Lecture Room A, Building 101
9:00 - 10:30 AM

ADVANCES IN STATISTICS FOR HANDWRITING ANALYSIS #1

Trends in Frequency Occurrence of Handwriting and Hand Printing Characteristics

  • Thomas W. Vastrick, Forensic Document Examiner

Error, Confidence and (Un)certainty – Deconstructing Authorship Opinions Using a Forced-Call Testing Protocol

  • Brent Ostrum, Senior Forensic Document Examiner, Canada Border Services Agency

Understanding Individuality of Handwriting Using Score-Based Likelihood Ratios

  • Christopher Saunders, PhD, Mathematical Statistician, South Dakota State University

The Development of Individual Handwriting Characteristics and the Statistical Evaluation of Different Combination Likelihoods of These Individual Characteristics

  • Lisa Hanson, Forensic Document Examiner, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Laboratory

Moderated by John Paul Jones II, Program Manager, NIST



10:30 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 - 11:30 PM

ADVANCES IN STATISTICS FOR HANDWRITING ANALYSIS #2

Handwriting Evidence Evaluation Based on the Shape of Characters: Application of Multivariate Likelihood Ratios

  • Raymond Marquis, PhD, Institute of Forensic Science, University of Lausanne

Statistical Basis to Determine Probabilities of Occurrence of Handwriting Characteristics

  • Kirsten Singer, Forensic Document Examiner, D-ABFDE, Department of Veteran Affairs, OIG
  • Sargur Srihari, PhD, Professor, SUNY – Buffalo

Moderated by Jane Lewis, AAFS-QD Section Director, Private Examiner


11:30 - 12:30 PM

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF QUANTITATIVE TESTIMONY

Update from the Working Group on Presenting Forensic Science Evidence Using Quantitative and Qualitative Terms (QQWG)

  • Melissa Taylor, Management Analyst, NIST

Presenting Quantitative Techniques and Conclusions in Court

  • Kenneth E. Melson, Professional Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School and Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service

Moderated by JoAnn Buscaglia, PhD, Research Chemist, FBI

12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch: On Your Own in NIST Cafeteria
1:30 - 2:45 PM

OTHER ANALYSIS TOOLS TO SUPPORT METRICS

Using the Statistical Functions of Write-On2 Software to Assess Natural Variation in Handwriting

  • Brian Lindblom, Forensic Document Examiner, Document Examination Consultants, Inc., Ottawa Canada

Scanned Images: How Well Do They Depict the Subtle Features in Handwriting?

  • Janet Fenner Masson, Forensic Document Examiner

Current Bank Check Scanning Practices

  • Jane Lewis, AAFS-QD Section Director, Private Examiner

Moderated by Kirsten Singer, FDE, D-ABFDE, Department of Veteran Affairs, OIG

2:45 - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 - 4:30 PM

FACILITATED DISCUSSION

  • What does the future state of handwriting analysis look like?
  • What are the barriers to implementing the future state?
  • What does a roadmap to achieve the future state look like?

Facilitated by John Paul Osborn, Forensic Document Examiner, Osborn & Son, and Rigo Vargas, Questioned Documents Section Chief, Mississippi Crime Laboratory

Knowledge Capture by SAIC and John Paul Jones II





4:30 PM MEETING SUMMARY AND NEXT STEPS
Created June 3, 2013, Updated January 9, 2017