3D Optical Topography Podcast

Episode Three of Just Science, funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, features Dr. Ryan Lilien, from Cadre Forensics, and Todd Weller, from the Oakland Police Department talking about their groundbreaking research in optical topography and firearms identification.

Optical topography is a means to give firearms examiners data that is close to a perfect representation of an impression. This research provides the possibility that in the future we will be able to relate the human examiner’s judgment to a statistical representation.

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