The purpose of this project is develop statistically sound methods for matching shoe prints and appropriately quantifying the uncertainty in matching decisions. This research will focus on the problem of matching a crime scene impression to a particular shoe, as opposed to identifying the sizes, brands, or models of shoes consistent with a given print.


Neil Spencer
NIST Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence
nist.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2016/12/05/modeling_the_distribution_of_racs_accidentals_in_footwear_evidence.pdf