Forensics: Evidence, Ethics & Evaluation

Is it ethical to use biometrics to catch criminals?

with Dr. Richard Guest

Fingerprints are getting rarer - everyone's seen the TV shows. What new tools can we bring in to confirm a criminal's identity, and is it ethical to use them?

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TV shows have taught us that fingerprints are the first thing to look for in a crime scene. But as criminals keep getting smarter, we need to develop and use new technologies that can confirm the identity of individuals involved in a crime. And they come at a cost - challenging the privacy not just of the criminals they're used to identify, but the general public too. In this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the realities of biometric forensics, Dr. Richard Guest delves into the exciting trends in this emerging field and how its technologies are used today in forensic science, as well as the security, privacy and ethical considerations that come alongside them.

Originally hosted live at The Garden on 11/4/2021

Talk outline


50 minutes

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30 minute talk

20 minute Member Q&A

Dr. Richard Guest

Richard Guest is a professor of Biometric Systems Engineering and the Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Kent. He researches applied artificial intelligence, biometric systems, security, image processing and feature pattern recognition.

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