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

most crime scenes do not involve DNA evidence. However, hair and fibers are often found at the scene of a crime," Hinks says. "We will develop a comprehensive database comprising key dyes and fibers that crime scene investigators can use to compare to fibers found at a crime scene. If the research is successful, crime scene investigators and hair and fiber forensic examiners will be able to collect and analyze fiber evidence by new analytical methods and then search the database for matching dye and fiber standards. These data will then be location-embedded into the virtual crime scene to aid in visualization and discovery. This approach would establish an unprecedented knowledge base that aids in understanding how events may have unfolded."

"The development of the IC-CRIME platform is designed to be intuitive considering crime scene investigators, not computer programmers, will be tasked with recreating crime scenes," Young says. The project team envisions that the platform will be instrumental in providing state-of-the-art training and certification of agents to use IC-CRIME.

This grant furthers the research and training work that is ramping up at NC State through the N.C. Program for Forensic Sciences, which is co-directed by NC State's Dr. Ann Ross and Dr. Billy Oliver. "One of our goals is to revolutionize the field of forensic science by studying social processes that underline collaborative decision making. This research will help determine how best to support and enable crime scene investigation using technology," Montoya says.


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Contact: Caroline M. Barnhill
caroline_barnhill@ncsu.edu
919-515-6251
North Carolina State University
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