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CrIME: Criminal Investigation through Mathematical Examination

April 22, 2015, 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Location Richardson Hall - 226
Posted InCollege of Science and Mathematics

Abstract

Broadly speaking, forensic science analyzes trace evidence left at the scene of a crime which may be used to either implicate or exonerate a suspect, or just to gain further insight into the incident. Using several cases as a backdrop, this talk examines some of the common applications of mathematics and statistics to forensic science. Topics covered may include fingerprint analysis (graph theory, probability), DNA identification (probability), blood spatter analysis (trigonometry, vector analysis), determining time of death (calculus), and forensic entomology (statistics).

About Dr. Fiorini

Dr. Fiorini is Associate Director for the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS). He earned an M.S. (1989) and Ph.D. (1993) from the University of Delaware in Extremal Graph Theory, as well as completing the graduate work for an M.S. in mathematics education, and holds a master’s in Statistics from Temple University. For fourteen years he was a member of the Shippensburg University Mathematics Department where he also served as Chair of the University Scholarship Program, Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to publications in mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education, Dr. Fiorini authored Modeling Reality with Functions: Graphical, Numerical, Analytical, an applications-based textbook to accompany a course to teach college algebra to non-science majors who traditionally struggled with mathematics. As DIMACS associate director, Dr. Fiorini has been recognized for his work with the DIMACS Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program and has been involved with several projects at the intersection of research and education. He is currently working with SAMSI (Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute) to develop their Statistical Forensics Special Focus. As part of Integrating Mathematics and Biology (IMB) and Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013+ projects he has co-authored several modules including Smart Driving: Reducing Pollution by “Greenest” Path, The Neuroscience of Pain and CrIME: Criminal Investigation through Mathematical Examination. Dr. Fiorini has also been recognized for developing a Rutgers University Honors Program interactive, interdisciplinary seminar on mathematical forensics.