Future Forensics: Crime scene to court room
An exploration into future science applications for legal practitioners, scientists and anyone with an interest in forensic science.
New technology is on our doorstep. But what is the likelihood and consequences of virtual reality, artificial intelligence and brain fingerprinting being accepted as evidence in trials?
Witness the application of this exciting new technology and hear a hosted discussion about the public assumptions, ethics, barriers and legal considerations that surround its use. Engage with our panel of experts on these future technologies designed to improve the collection and analysis of evidence. Stay a while after the event and see some hands-on demonstrations of equipment.
Facilitated by Natasha Mitchell, Australian science journalist and presenter of ABC RN’s Science Friction podcast and program.
- Dion Sheppard, Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR), New Zealand on 3D scanning of crime scenes
- Professor Robin Palmer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand on forensic brain wave analysis
- Professor Adrian Linacre, Flinders University on sourcing DNA from crime scenes
- Dr Duncan Taylor, Forensic Science SA on using artificial intelligence to analyse evidence
- Liesl Chapman, SC on the ethics, barriers and legal considerations that surround these technologies.
Attendance by legal practitioners may qualify as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for professional skills or ethics units.
Dion Sheppard (MSc, MCE) is the Forensic Research & Development Programme Manager at the Institute of Environmental Science & Research, Ltd (ESR), New Zealand. ESR is the NZ government’s Crown Research Institute spec...
Prof. Robin Palmer
Robin Palmer is overall coordinator of the Clinical Legal Studies programme at the University of Canterbury Law School.
His research interests include Clinical law; national and international Criminal Law and Proced...
Natasha Mitchell is a multi-award winning ABC broadcaster and has presented flagship programs including the national, daily morning show, Life Matters (2012-16), and was founding presenter & producer of the...
Prof. Adrian Linacre
Professor Adrian Linacre, Flinders University on sourcing DNA from crime scenes:
I gained my first degree in Zoology at Edinburgh University and then a D.Phil at the University of Sussex. I took up a lectureship in F...
Dr Duncan Taylor
Dr Duncan Taylor, Forensic Science SA on using artificial intelligence to analyse evidence:
I hold a PhD in Biology, obtained from Flinders University. My research dissertation is in the field of molecular genetics a...
Liesl Chapman SC
Liesl has a particular interest and experience in expert evidence including all forensic sciences (eg DNA, gunshot residue, forensic pathology), forensic medicine, HIV phylogenetics, explosions, accident reconstruction and f...
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