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CSI in a virtual world: New grant furthers NC State's work in forensic science
Date:10/8/2009

Imagine using the same process that goes into building video games to help investigators solve real-world crimes. Through a new grant, that's what researchers at North Carolina State University plan to do. Their work will lay the framework for multi-agency collaboration in crime scene investigations (CSI) by creating an unprecedented cyber infrastructure a virtual environment that provides data resources, simulation tools, expert access and unique collaboration capabilities.

"The problem is that while there have been major advancements in the field of forensic science technology, how investigative teams come together to collaborate has not changed over the years. Current methods of CSI can be greatly enhanced with the application of the right cyber infrastructure tools," says Dr. Mitzi Montoya, Zelnak Professor of Marketing and Innovation Management at NC State, and lead researcher on the project. "Since CSI is characterized by a need for rapid coordination and data translation across disciplines and agencies as crime scenes are processed, reconstructed, solved and ultimately prosecuted over time, current technology lends itself to this type of application."

Montoya and her interdisciplinary team representing four colleges at NC State received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) program to help lay a foundation that promotes greater collaboration in the field of forensic science a platform they are calling IC-CRIME (interdisciplinary, cyber-enabled crime reconstruction through innovative methodology and engagement). Co-principal investigators on the project include Dr. David Hinks, professor of polymer and color chemistry, who is co-leading a growing NC State initiative in forensic science and engineering, and Dr. Michael Young, associate professor of computer science and an expert in serious gaming. Other faculty on the project include Timothy Buie, assistant professor
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Contact: Caroline M. Barnhill
caroline_barnhill@ncsu.edu
919-515-6251
North Carolina State University
Source:Eurekalert  

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