WorkshopsForensic Technology Center of Excellence

Technology Transition Workshops are small group events where forensic practitioners receive hands-on experience with new forensic science technology. These workshops provide information to law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories considering purchasing and implementing the respective technology.

Upcoming FTCoE Workshops


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Past FTCoE Workshops  


Technology Transition Workshop: Advanced Radiologic Imaging in Medicolegal Death Investigation. November 11–13, 2016 (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM)

In conjunction with the University of New Mexico and the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator / Radiology-Pathology Center for Forensic Imaging (OMI/CFI), The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted a two and a half-day advanced radiologic imaging workshop. The goal of the workshop was to enable and enhance the effective transfer of advanced imaging technology into forensic practice in the United States. This goal was accomplished by introducing attendees to the history and current status of radiology and advanced imaging in forensics, basic concepts in the production of CT and MR imaging, protocols, image viewing software, 2D rendering, and interpretation/reporting of advanced imaging. Major imaging findings in common types of death were also introduced and salient imaging case examples of each were provided in each section of the course. Attendees were seated at computers pre-loaded with the example case and DICOM viewing software in order to provide them with hands-on experience in manipulating and interpreting advanced imaging. Demonstrations of daily work-flow and CT scanning at the New Mexico OMI/CFI were also hosted during two morning sessions of the workshop.

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Technology Transition Workshop: Statistics and Applied Mathematics in Forensic Science Fall 2016. October 31-November 2, 2016 (Washington, D.C.)

The purpose of this 3-day workshop was 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, logical inference, and their applications to forensic problems, such as sampling among large drug seizures, calculating confidence interval in forensic chemistry and toxicology, interpreting the probative value of pattern evidence were presented, discussed and practiced in class. Examples and datasets were also provided for the practical exercises. Examples were focused on trace and pattern evidence, as well as forensic drug analysis and toxicology. 

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Technology Transition Workshop: Courtroom Knowledge of Forensic Technology and the Impact on Frye and Daubert Standards, August 9-10, 2016 (Pittsburgh, PA)

The National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) and the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence's (FTCoE) Technology Transition Workshop: Courtroom Knowledge of Forensic Technology and the Impact on Frye and Daubert Standards focused on introducing and enhancing the knowledge of innovative forensic technologies to legal professionals, including how newer technologies need to be supported in order to pass a Frye or Daubert test.

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Discovery and Recovery: Death Investigation in Natural Environments, August 2-4, 2016 (Raleigh, NC)

The National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) and the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence 's (FTCoE) Technology Transition Workshop: Discovery and Recovery: Death Investigation in Natural Environments workshop disseminated practical knowledge of how to discover and recover clandestine burials, including the documentation and collection of anthropological and entomological evidence. Attendees gained a fundamental understanding of how to search for and flag evidence using triangulation, mapping, and compass work. 

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Technology Transition Workshop on Statistics and Applied Mathematics in Forensic Science, May 17-19, 2016 (RTP, NC)

From May 17th-19th, 2016, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted a technology transition workshop on Statistics and Applied Mathematics in Forensic Science. The workshop was held on RTI International's campus and taught by Dr. Cedric Neumann. 

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2016 NIJ R&D Symposium, February 23, 2016 (Las Vegas, NV)

The NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium is a free, all day, open meeting where attendees can learn about NIJ funded research across a variety of forensic science areas. Register now to stop by and listen to specific presentations or stay all day and learn about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas.

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Technology Transition Workshop: Statistical Methods for Forensic Decision-Making, August 24, 2015 (San Antonio, Texas)

The goal of this workshop is to disseminate practical knowledge of how to carry out meaningful statistical analyses for impression, pattern, and trace evidence. Attendees will gain a fundamental understanding of the background and details of statistical techniques, as well as an understanding of the assumptions and limitations of these techniques. To facilitate this goal, the course uses simulations to illustrate statistical principles without lengthy derivations, and statistical applications in trace evidence will be discussed.

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Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium (IPTES) August 25–27, 2015 (San Antonio, TX)

Topics include the latest developments and challenges to fingerprint, shoeprint and tire tread evidence, questioned documents, bloodstain pattern analysis, biometrics, firearms/toolmarks, digital photography, fibers, paint, tape and other types of evidence as well as calculation of error rate, testimony, interpretation/reporting, case studies, and technology applications. IPTES will have one full day of workshops and two full days of plenary and poster sessions, including federal updates.

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Statistical Methods for Forensic Decision-making in Toxicology October 19th, 2015 (SOFT Annual Meeting​)

This course on “Statistics for Decision-making in Toxicology” covers an introduction to basic statistics and hypothesis testing for analytical chemical measurements in toxicology, including calibration, limits of detection, validation, uncertainty estimation, and statistical quality control.  ​

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Cognitive Factors in Forensic Decision Making- April 7th & 8th 2015 (Research Triangle Park NC)

The National Institute of Justice and the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (Participating Partner: RTI International) would like to announce the Technology Transition Workshop: Cognitive Factors in Forensic Decision Making. The goal of this workshop is to provide forensic examiners training by cognitive experts to recognize and minimize bias in forensic science. Forensic science plays a pivotal role in policing and the criminal justice system. Although it is widely used and accepted evidence, the work involved in making forensic comparisons requires human perception, judgment, and decision-making. Forensic examiners receive training; however, this training does not sufficiently address cognitive factors in making forensic comparisons.

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 A DNA Revolution – Next Generation Technologies

The National Institute of Justice and the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (Participating Partners: RTI International and University of North Texas Health Sciences Center) would like to announce the Technology Transition Workshop: A DNA Revolution – Next Generation Technologies. 

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Emerging Forensic Genomic Applications –Genome ID Forum 2014

The Genome ID Forum 2014 - Emerging Forensic Genomic Applications was held September 9 and 10, 2014, in Greenville, North Carolina sponsored by the Center for Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis. This is a national collaborative conference that brought together thought leaders from forensic science, research, academia, law enforcement, legal and technology development for an open dialogue regarding emerging science and technology applications and adoption through the forensic community. Over 65 forensic scientists, lawyers and researchers across the United States and England attended to discuss the implementation.

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