The Forensic Science Program at Loyola aims to introduce students to a broad range of forensic-related topics and prepare them for careers in a variety of settings. We host a Forensic Expert Seminar Series to expand student exposure beyond coursework. Speakers are experts in their respective forensic disciplines and related fields. Topics range from forensic research to case studies, from expert witness testimony to opiod death and other current events. See our archived seminars page for previous speakers and topics.
We enthusiastically invite interested students, faculty and staff to join us for these events.
Please email Wendy Gruhl for additional information.
Katarina Maier, a rising senior in the Forensic Science Program, is an intern at Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), located at Iowa State during Summer 2022.
Her CSAFE intern project was successful enough that she will present it at the 106th International Association for Identification Annual Educational Conference. The IAI is one of the oldest forensic professional associations in the world.
Title: Analyzing Weight's Effect on Shoe Prints with Computer Vision
Abstract: Footwear impressions can be affected by a wearer’s weight. This study aims to quantify the deformation of shoe prints at various weights and estimate weight based on the deformation. We created 180 outsole impressions using the BVDA inkless shoe print system with 20 shoes at eight different weights, with exemplars. We align the scanned outsole images using SIFT (scale-invariant feature transform) and RANSAC (random sample consensus) algorithms and statistically analyze the effect of weight.
Link to be posted when we have it.
Stay tuned for our next on campus event!
*Updated 28 July 2022