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The slide presentations are available at the bottom of this page.


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?



International Association for Identification

National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law - Non-profit website maintained for professional and personal interests by a forensic scientist

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) - Image Group homepage

Complete Latent Print Examination (CPLEX)

Interpol - Interpol's site on fingerprints

Ron Smith and Associates - Forensic Consulting, Management, Training & Job Placement Services - Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology


Library of Congress - search for legislative information

FBI - Criminal Justice Information Services

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) - conduct a site search (top right corner) for "fingerprint" to find relevant articles

Reports, Articles, & Presentations

Daéid, Niamh Nic, editor. (2004). 14th International Forensic Science Symposium: Review Papers.  Interpol - Lyon.

(2006). "UT-ORNL Researchers to Uncover Mysteries of Fingerprints." Tennessee Today, November 1.

Srihari, Sargur N, et al. "Quantitative Assessment of the Individuality of Friction Ridge Patterns" (slide presentation)

NIJ Resources (info on research & grantees)

National Institute of Justice. (2005). Solicitation for Proposals - Quantitative Research on Friction Ridge Patterns

National Institute of Justice's Fingerprint Research & Development

International Biometric Group - press release, May 31, 2006.

Executive Forensics - David E. Weaver