Forensics and Statistics

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Chapter Event: Orange County

Every expert has encountered statistics, measurement, or likelihood ratios in their work at some point, or even on a daily basis. Professor of Statistics Hal Stern is the Director of the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Science (CSAFE) will present some of the research and findings that he has found in researching statistics and it's use in forensic science – specifically in pattern evidence.

Professor Hal Stern will be our speaker in place of Judge Firmat, who will be speakering at our February event. 


Hal Stern is a Professor of Statistics at the University of California – Irvine. Hal is known for his research in Bayesian statistical methodology and model assessment techniques, and his current areas of research include applications of statistical methods in psychiatry and human behavior, atmospheric sciences and forensic science. He received his BS degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MS and PhD degrees in statistics from Stanford University.

He has significant experience in addressing the role of statistical methods in the practice of forensic science. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee for an Arnold Foundation funded American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) quality and gap analysis of the forensic science literature. This two-year project is setting up teams to review the literature in ten different forensic fields. Stern also served on the NIST-NIJ Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Latent Print Analysis, which assessed the effects of human factors on forensic latent print analysis and recommended ways to reduce human error at various stages in the interpretation of latent print evidence.


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Costa Mesa, CA 92626


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