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   Fingerprint Identification: The Role of Research in Fortifying the Forensic Sciences
May 10, 2007

May 10, 2007

Online event.

Fingerprint technology is improving rapidly.  It is also more cost effective than DNA but is vastly underutilized.

This event, sponsored by the Government Innovators Network and the National Institute of Justice, assembled an expert panel to discuss the following topics:

 * What are the barriers to maximizing the usefulness of fingerprints?
 * What does it take to be a good fingerprint analyst?
 * How do we better share AFIS (automated fingerprint information system) technology?
 * What are the emerging practical techniques and improvements?  

The event was moderated by John Morgan (slides), Deputy Director for Science and Technology, National Institute of Justice.  The panel (bios) included:

  • Michael Campbell (slides) - Training Coordinator, Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.; (Retired) Captain, Milwaukee Police Department and Commanding Officer of Identification Division
  • Peter Komarinski (slides) - Chair, AFIS Committee, International Association for Identification; AFIS consultant; Author, Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems  
  • Carol Henderson (slides) - Director, National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law at Stetson University College of Law

Recording - Listen to the recording of this event.

Resources - Check back here soon for links to resources relating to this event.

Polls - See the results of various audience polls (these numbers reflect informal polls of our audience, and are not intended for use as scientific data).

Post-event chat - After the event concluded, a small group of audience members convened in a text-based chat room to continue the dialogue and exchange information about their own work with fingerprint identification. View a transcript of the discussion.

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