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Proceedings of the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management



John M. Butler


A total of 432 registered participants from 11 countries contributed to a successful first-ever international symposium devoted exclusively to the topic of forensic science error management. Over the three-and-a-half day meeting and across 8 technical tracks and 42 sessions, there were 2 keynote and 10 plenary speakers, 106 oral presentations, 9 panel discussions, and 18 poster presentations. In their keynote address, Brandon Mayfield and Steven Wax, Mr. Mayfield's attorney, providing a gripping tale of the impact that an error in a fingerprint "match" caused Mr. Mayfield and his family. The symposium concluded with a moot court drama and Professor Bill Thompson serving as a "widget identification expert." Science magazine (31 July 2015 issue, 349: 462-463) even ran a short summary of the symposium.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1206
Report Number


forensic science, errors, error management


Butler, J. (2016), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created December 26, 2016, Updated November 10, 2018