Essentials of Bayesian networks in forensic science
May to November 2021
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Forensic science practitioners, chief forensic scientists or coordinators – including reporting officers, forensic geneticians, lawyers, risk management analysts – having a University degree (at least BSc) or an equivalent degree of a higher education programme
The course is given in English. For exercises, discussions and one-to-one tutorials, English, German or French are available as further languages.
Bayesian networks (BN) are innovative and are gaining more and more widespread use within many professional branches. This online course gives a comprehensive view of the use of BNs for the probabilistic evaluation of scientific evidence in forensic science applications. It provides students with room for an incremental and in-depth study of the various aspects that a solid mastery of BNs in practical applications demands.
The course content is based on the use of likelihood ratios, an approach that is supported by the International Society of Forensic Genetics, the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes and the Association of Forensic Science Providers.
The course team also offers further online short courses for practitioners who wish to specialize in DNA interpretation or Forensic interpretation.
And, in addition to these two short courses, a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence is proposed to forensic practioners willing to acquire a comprehensive training (around 470 hours training).
- To acquire solid knowledge and understanding of the principles of BNs
- To master methodology in graphical inference modelling using specialised BN softwares
- To develop and apply standard networks that can be implemented in current software systems, and that form the core models which participants can transfer to their analysis of real cases from their own professional environment
- Introduction to evaluation of scientific evidence and Bayesian networks (BNs)
- Uncertainty and probability, principles of probabilistic scientific evidence interpretation, relevant propositions, the logic of BNs
- Evaluation using BNs: general issues
- Issues in one-trace transfer cases (match probabilities, relevance, error rates, multiple propositions), evidence with more than one component, scenarios with more than one stain, software functionalities
- BNs for selected types of scientific evidence
- DNA, fingermarks, shoe- and toolmarks, transfer evidence (glass, fibres, gunshot residues), drugs and arson
- Applications (case studies)
- Application of BNs for case based probabilistic reasoning and scientific evidence assessment
- Combination of evidence
- General issues and case studies
- Further issues
- Database searching, sampling, introduction to decision theory (Bayesian decision networks), object-orientation
- Professor Franco Taroni
- Professor Christophe Champod
- Professor Alex Biedermann
- Dr. Sc. Tacha Hicks Champod
- Prof. Aitken, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
- Dr. Sc. Ian Evett, United Kingdom
The instructors have theoretical and practical experience with evaluation and interpretation from laboratory to courtroom. They have published over the years numerous scholarly papers and textbooks on the subjects of evaluation and statistics in forensic science (Taroni et al., «Bayesian networks and Probabilistic Inference in Forensic Science», John Wiley & Sons, 2006).
- Certificate of participation
- 5 ECTS
- For academic questions : firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates and schedule
The course lasts 6 months with a workload per week of:
- 3 hours on the online platform,
- 1.5 to 2 hours of personal work.
Fill in the registration form and upload your CV online and copies of your diplomas.
3,500.- Swiss Francs
29 January 2021
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