2012 MRes projects
- Twitter and Crime: The spatio-temporal link between social-media and criminal activity
- To what extent do water treatment processes affect the concentration of peroxide explosives in river water?
- Dual-band Frequency Reconfigurable Antennas
- Incorporating Nanostructures to Enhance the Performance of Semiconducting Metal
- A relevance study determining the use of GSR upon clothing and shoes as an item of evidence
- Automating the conceptual analysis of large-scale text-based subjective data sets
- Assessing the potential of e-noses for illicit drug detection in future drug-trafficking interdiction strategies
- Judgement in UK fingermark recovery: room for development?
- Modelling the allocation of crowd control resources
- Comparative study of the different feature extraction algorithms used for fingerprint identification
- Domain Adaptation of Statistical Classifiers for Security-related Bug Reports
- The detection of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories using semiconducting metal oxide gas sensors
- The evaluation of geochemical analysis methods for forensic provenance and interpretation
- Confirmation bias: A Study of biasability within Forensic anthropological visual assessments on skeletal remains
- Statistical change point detection of internet traffic
- Trace evidence dynamics: assessing the transfer and persistence of microbial diatom evidence in forensic investigation
- Data Communication for Underwater Sensor Networks
- Automated Cargo Inspection: Exploring the use of Machine Vision in X-ray Transmission Imaging
- Network Externalities and Migration: An Agent-Based Model Distinguishing Documented and Undocumented Flows
Judgement in UK fingermark recovery: room for development?
21 March 2013
The field of forensic evidence analysis is currently experiencing considerable change and controversy in the UK and abroad. The publication of the NAS report in 2009 and the UK Law Commission Report in 2011 brought heavy criticism of long standing practices of the discipline, suggesting the need for considerable reform and transparency. There is currently a move towards improving the scientific robustness of forensic science, in particular within fields of evidence analysis that claim to be able to individualise, such as fingerprint evidence. Considerable research has targeted the tasks carried out by fingerprint experts, but there is a lack of research concentrating on the tasks carried out by fingerprint development officers who visualise latent prints prior to examination by experts. This study looks to examine policies, procedures and decision making within fingerprint development in the UK. The research will involve collaboration with the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology and independent UK fingerprint experts and will utilise participants from Home Office police force fingerprint development laboratories. The research aims to form the basis for recommendations which will improve judgement and decision making within fingermark development and submission leading to a reduction in loss of fingermark evidence, and aiding in the transparency of fingerprint evidence in the UK.