SECReT 2009 PhD projects
- The transfer, persistence and secondary transfer of gunshot residue (GSR): Implications for crime reconstruction and forensic protocol studied using Bayesian modelling
- To what extent can forensic evidence aid in the investigation and prosecution of internal child sex trafficking (ICST)?
- Complex systems approaches to issues in crime and security
- Developing tools for anticipating and mitigating the negative societal impact, while preserving the positive impact, of security technologies for use by the developers of these technologies upstream in the design process.
- How new ways of spatial analysis can improve the geographical understanding of illegal drug markets and the distribution of drug-related crime
- Computational cryptography
- Developing analytical Blood Pattern Analysis (BPA) techniques for environmentally altered bloodstains; and examining the range and influence of visualization methods available for BPA presentation in the context of jury decision making.
- Optimisation of illicit material detection using X-ray diffraction: Drug identification using Low Angle X-ray Scatter - DILAX III
- Improving the understanding of and responses to internal child sex trafficking in the UK: An empirical multi-method analysis
- Securing threat detection: Synergy of technological and neuropsychological factors
Securing threat detection: Synergy of technological and neuropsychological factors
7 March 2012
Aim of this project is to identify individual aptitudes and abilities that can bring a significant contribution to security screening. A central achievement will be the development of a novel scale, which will include psychometric validation against pre-existing scales which may be effective but were not developed for application in security settings, well-known neuropsychological tasks and threat detection with airport scanner pictures.
A comprehensive research program aimed to improve threat detection strategies in a combined technological and neuropsychological perspective could only be realized in a multidisciplinary context, as technologies must be available and accessed with an experimental approach, to create comparable research material across techniques and realistic enough to produce results with immediate applicability and spin-offs for the security industry.
We will endeavor to do so with the expert collaboration of the scientists working on similar issues but from a technological perspective at the Center for Applied Science and Technology (CAST; former Home Office Scientific Development Branch, HOSDB). Such partnership is ideal as it will provide access to cutting edge technology and expertise, in addition to the most direct path towards an immediate application of the results of our research by the security services.