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Impression Evidence: Strengthening the Disciplines of Fingerprints, Firearms, Footwear, and Other Pattern and Impression Sciences Through Research

Gerry LaPorte, National Institute of Justice; Tom Busey, Professor of Cognitive Science, Indiana University; Lynn Abbott, Associate Professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Sargur Srihari, SUNY Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Forensic examinations involving specific forensic science disciplines are typically dependent upon qualitative analyses and expert interpretation of observed patterns based on a scientific foundation, rather than quantitative results. These disciplines include latent fingerprints, questioned documents, footwear, and other forms of impression and pattern evidence. This panel will highlight current fundamental research needs in the areas of impression evidence examination and how NIJ is addressing those needs through its forensic research and development portfolio within the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences.

Date Published: June 1, 2010