Biometric Technologies in Forensic Science
2013-10-14 - 2013-10-15
Radboud University Nijmegen; The Netherlands
This conference aims at presenting and discussing scientific research
undertaken to address any of the challenges set by forensic science
for aspects of biometric technology such as sample quality, available
data or calibration. We therefore specifically welcome researchers
from both the forensic science and the biometric technology
communities that are interested to try and understand each other’s
motives and challenges, and are willing to bridge the potential gap
between these communities due to different standpoints, terminology
In criminal investigations, legal authorities can find traces that can
help to identify people involved in criminal activity. Examples of
traces are video footage from a security camera, a recording of a
threatening telephone call, or fingermarks left on the crime scene.
In the investigative part of the judicial process, the traces can be
used to find suspects of the crime, while later in court, the trace
can be put forward as evidence. For both these forensic activities,
biometric technologies can be used to automate and objectivize the
Contrary to typical access control and authorization applications of
biometric technologies, the trace in the forensic situation is
characterized by an uncontrolled and low quality. This typically
leads to a lower recognition performance of the biometric system and
hence a lower evidential value. Ample well-controlled data is often
available for the development and performance validation of the basic
biometric classifier. However, the case-specific and privacy-sensitive
nature of criminal investigation puts limitations on the forensic
validation of these biometric technologies. Many applications in
biometric technology are designed to perform in the low-false-accept
range of the recognition system, but for presenting the weight of
evidence of a biometric comparison in court, a calibrated likelihood
ratio is required which is accurate over a wide range of priors.
The key-note speaker at the conference is prof. Colin Aitken, of the
School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh.
The programme is available via http://www.ru.nl/btfs2013 .
You can register on-line at https://btfs2013.paydro.net/ . Early
registration (before 30 September 2013) is at €175, which includes
refreshments, lunches and the conference dinner. After this date the
registration fee is €225.
The conference will take at the Gymnasion Building at the campus of
the Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Nijmegen is well
connected by train to Schiphol, the main airport of The Netherlands
near Amsterdam. There are plenty hotels in the city center, that have
excellent connections to the university campus.
Henk van den Heuvel