5th November 2002

 

LIFTING THE LID ON FORENSIC STATISTICS

 

Forensic statistics - the correct evaluation, presentation and interpretation of forensic evidence - is a critical aspect of the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes such as murder, serious assault and sexual crimes.

 

A multidisciplinary Centre for Forensic Statistics and Legal Reasoning was set up in Edinburgh last year to draw on skills in statistics, law and artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow Caledonian University.

 

Dr Colin Aitken, who is chairman of the centre’s committee of management and principal investigator in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Edinburgh, will visit the University of Lincoln next week.

 

His lecture to Forensic Science students - ‘The Real Story of Forensic Statistics’ - will discuss the need for accuracy and improvement in this area and the work of the centre to improve the evaluation, presentation and interpretation of forensic evidence.

 

The lecture will take place in the Jackson Lecture Theatre at the university’s Brayford Pool campus on Monday 11th November at 7pm.

 

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

 

For further details please contact Dorothy Gennard in the Department of Biological Sciences on Lincoln 886885.

 

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University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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