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LINGUIST List 21.2142

Fri May 07 2010

Confs: Forensic Ling, Phonetics/Mexico

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        1.    Geoffrey Stewart Morrison, Forensic Voice Comparison & Forensic Acoustics

Message 1: Forensic Voice Comparison & Forensic Acoustics
Date: 06-May-2010
From: Geoffrey Stewart Morrison <geoff.morrisonanu.edu.au>
Subject: Forensic Voice Comparison & Forensic Acoustics
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Forensic Voice Comparison & Forensic Acoustics

Date: 15-Nov-2010 - 19-Nov-2010
Location: CancĂșn, Mexico
Contact: Geoffrey Stewart Morrison
Contact Email: geoff.morrisonanu.edu.au
Meeting URL: http://cancun2010.forensic-voice-comparison.net/

Linguistic Field(s): Forensic Linguistics; Phonetics

Meeting Description:

Tutorial and Special Session on Forensic Voice Comparison and Forensic Acoustics
at 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics, CancĂșn, Mexico, 15-19 November


The official call for papers for the Pan-Am/Iberian meeting is now out and the
deadline for submissions is 1 June 2010.


In February 2009 the National Research Council (NRC) Report to Congress on
Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States found that:

"[S]ome forensic disciplines are supported by little rigorous systematic
research to validate the discipline's basic premises and techniques. There is no
evident reason why such research cannot be conducted" (p. 22).

"The development of scientific research, training, technology, and databases
associated with DNA analysis have resulted from substantial and steady federal
support for both academic research and programs employing techniques for DNA
analysis. Similar support must be given to all credible forensic science
disciplines if they are to achieve the degrees of reliability needed to serve
the goals of justice." (p. 13)

Over the last decade, a small number of researchers (principally in Australia,
Spain, and Switzerland) have been working on developing demonstrably valid and
reliable forensic voice comparison with evidence evaluated using the same
framework as is applied to the evaluation of DNA evidence.

Meanwhile in the Americas there has been little interest in this field of research.

The NRC report gives a new impetus for conducting forensic voice comparison
research and holds out the hope for new funding opportunities in this area.

The 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics provides an excellent
opportunity to bring together researchers from Iberia and other parts of the
world with researchers from the Americas to help foster research in this area in
the Americas.

It also provides a venue for an exchange of ideas between researchers working on
acoustic-phonetic and signal-processing approaches to forensic voice comparison.
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