Error Management Symposium Features Digital Evidence Track

Digital Evidence is commonly associated with computer and Internet crimes. But facial recognition, crime scene photos, and surveillance tapes are valuable in prosecuting other types of crimes. As digital evidence grows in both volume and importance, technological advancements present unique challenges for forensic practitioners. How do investigators address error management when extracting information from a device never seen before? How do experts assign data or actions to a user when the computer system shows signs of compromise?


The first-ever international symposium devoted exclusively to the topic of forensic science error management is set to be held July 20-24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The “International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management - Detection, Measurement and Mitigation” will include speakers, panels, and posters addressing the ways to detect, measure, and mitigate forensic science errors, and will open dialog about these taboo topics.

In addition to the track on digital evidence, the technical program will also cover:
  • death investigation
  • crime scene investigation
  • human factors
  • criminalistics
  • digital evidence
  • legal factors
  • quality assurance
  • laboratory management
Source: NIST
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