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Impression Evidence: Strengthening the Disciplines of Pattern and Impression Sciences Through Research

Gerry LaPorte, Forensic Policy Program Manager, Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences, National Institute of Justice, Washington, D.C.; Tom Busey, Professor of Cognitive Science, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington; Lynn Abbott, Associate Professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg; Sargur Srihari, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, 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 NIJ Conference 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