Dubai Forensic meeting starts with a news article about semi-reliable certainties

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This meeting in the UAE  sounds interesting. It is named “Spotlight on Forensic Science.” I’m sure some important US forensic folks are attending. Barry Fisher of the AAFS is second speaker on the subject of “admissibility of pattern evidence” and its “challenges.”

Thw article ambles on with a bit of forensic fingerprint history with some doubts about a few impression matching methods, yet the write says the police  love forensic kinesiology ‘matching’ (a “kinetic footprint”). The Brit Royal Society calls it ‘forensic podiatry’ and it  maybe recognized at some point in the US by the International Association of Identification as this reads more like a proposal. At this point, the IAI footwear certification webpage is silent about much of what is mentioned elsewhere by these forensic podiatric practitioners.

I’m interested in how they deal with false positives and false negatives (sensitivity and specificity) of their matching prowess of numerous physical aspects of human gait function, foot pathology, ridge skin anatomy and external ‘accidental’ features of footwear. I do not see DNA ‘matching’ being discussed as being an available adjunct in their proposal. This is what I could come up from their IAI white paper.

“Evaluation of the significance of matched and mismatched features apparent from the above comparison process with reference to established literature and/or database material as appropriate.”

Here is a bit more info saying it is a three day meeting with an exhibit hall of 80 commercial companies. Here is the 3 day conference proceedings. 

This is the part on bitemarks.

The future of bite mark analysis as a forensic evidence in light of the Innocence Project’s recent exonerations
Speaker: Dr. Suhail Al Amad, Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine/Forensic Odontology, College of Dental Medicine, University of Sharjah

Well, THAT sounds promising.

Bravo.

 

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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