Frontiers in Forensic Science Seminar Series

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Venue:WC 130

Abstract: Although there is a long history of statistical methods being applied to various forensic disciplines, it wasn’t really until the latter part of last century that statisticians started to become seriously involved in forensic science. We are still a minority, but we can sometimes be a very vocal minority. In this talk I will discuss what I believe the role of a statistician is in our joint endeavour, and perhaps question whether the bounds are being overstepped.



Bio: James Curran is a Professor of Statistics at the University of Auckland. He joined the Statistics Department at the University of Auckland in 2005 after six years at the University of Waikato. Professor Curran’s research focuses on statistical problems in forensic science. These range from issues associated with the statistical assessment of the weight of evidence, to modelling and data analysis involved in the fundamental science behind new forensic techniques and evidence types. He is currently the President of the New Zealand Forensic Science Society (and the Vice-President New Zealand of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics, and a past-President of the New Zealand Statistical Association. He serves on the editorial board of Forensic Chemistry. Professor Curran is a Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Charted Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS).