Law enforcement officers locating latent fingerprints on the side of a van.
The Forensic Science Center of Excellence supports NIST's efforts to strengthen forensic science through the development and delivery of improved measurement and analysis technologies and the development of best practices and standardized methodologies to improve evidence interpretation and reporting. Because forensic science covers a broad array of technical disciplines, NIST is focusing on cross-cutting areas where research will benefit work across the field; including probabilistic methods (analysis techniques that produce a scientific estimate of the likelihood that a known and unknown sample match), pattern recognition and digital evidence. See the NIST forensic science website for more information on NIST work in forensic science.
The NIST Centers of Excellence provide an interdisciplinary environment where researchers from NIST, academia and industry will collaborate on emerging areas of basic and applied research and innovations in measurement science. These centers are meant to:
Dr. Jason Boehm
Director, Program Coordination Office