Workshop: Stats & Math in Forensic Science

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently announced its next technology transition workshop on Statistics and Applied Mathematics in Forensic Science. The three-day workshop — held May 17-19, 2016 in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina — will be instructed by Dr. Cedric Neumann. Airfare and lodging will be covered for all approved nominees.

The purpose of this three-day workshop is to refresh, review, and complete basic notions of statistics and probability theory that apply to a wide range of forensic disciplines and evidence types. Fundamental statistical concepts (such as confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, sampling theory, and logical inference) and their applications to forensic problems (such as sampling among large drug seizures, calculating confidence interval in forensic chemistry and toxicology, and interpreting the probative value of pattern evidence) will be presented, discussed, and practiced in class. Examples and datasets will be provided for the practical exercises. Examples will focus on trace and pattern evidence, as well as forensic drug analysis and toxicology. However, the audience is encouraged to email the instructor ahead of time with their own data and statistical questions, which will be incorporated in the class.

Dr. Cedric Neumann is an Assistant Professor of Statistics at the South Dakota State University, where he leads multiple projects on the interpretation of trace and pattern evidence.

To learn more about the application process, click here.

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