Alicia Laura Carriquiry

Department of Statistics Iowa State University Professor alicia@iastate.edu Office: (515) 294-3440

Bio/Research

Dr. Carriquiry researches applications of statistics in forensic sciences, human nutrition and other life science disciplines. She is the Director of the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence, providing strategic leadership to a diverse team of researchers working together t...

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Bio/Research

Dr. Carriquiry researches applications of statistics in forensic sciences, human nutrition and other life science disciplines. She is the Director of the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence, providing strategic leadership to a diverse team of researchers working together to build a statistically sound and scientifically solid foundation for the analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence. CSAFE researchers investigate both pattern and digital evidence; Dr. Carriquiry focuses on shoeprints and treadmarks, firearm and tool marks, with the goal of developing objective methods to evaluate this type of evidence. The algorithms developed by Dr. Carriquiry and her team permit computing the degree to which two items “match”, thereby enabling forensic scientists to quantify the results of their analyses. The CSAFE team also carries out research to assess the “strength of the evidence”, that indicates whether a “match” between two items is sufficiently rare to support the defense or the prosecution.

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