Forensic Data Science


About Us

The Forensic Data Science Laboratory conducts research to develop methods for evaluation of forensic evidence that are based on relevant data, quantitative measurements, and statistical models; methods that:

  1. are transparent and reproducible;
  2. are intrinsically resistant to cognitive bias;
  3. use the logically correct framework for interpretation of evidence (the likelihood-ratio framework); and
  4. are empirically validated under casework conditions.

In order to develop methods that provide solutions for real forensic-evaluation problems, solutions that have a high probability of actually being adopted in casework, members of the Laboratory conduct research in collaboration with researchers and practitioners who have expertise in particular branches of forensic science.

Members of the Laboratory also conduct research on calibration and validation of forensic-evaluation systems, and on communication of forensic science to courts, research whose results are applicable across many branches of forensic science.

In addition to research, members of the Laboratory provide training in forensic inference and statistics to forensic practitioners and to lawyers, and contribute to the development of standards and guidelines for forensic science.

PhD Scholarship Opportunity

The scholarship will be for 3 years, October 2023 – October 2026, and will cover the full tuition fees (home or overseas) plus stipend at the UKRI rate (currently GBP 17,668 pa).

Application deadline: 2023-01-31

There will be a competitive application process; however, FDSL has priority if we have a suitable candidate. The suitable candidate would be expected to propose and work on a project related to advancing the new paradigm for evaluation of forensic evidence. This could involve application in a branch of forensic science in which FDSL already works, or, potentially, another area such as facial recognition, gait analysis, or blood-stain pattern analysis. Work on authorship attribution could potentially be co-supervised by another member of the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics.

Interested individuals should first familiarize themselves with FDSLs work, then contact FDSL Director Dr Morrison to discuss potential projects. They should do this as early as possible. We will assist suitable candidates with refining their application.

Selected Publications

Research and Development Projects

Calibration and Validation of Forensic-Evaluation Systems

  • methods for calculation of likelihood ratios
  • empirical calibration of forensic-comparison systems
  • empirical validation of forensic-comparison systems

E3 Forensic-Speech-Science System (E3FS3)

  • standards, guidelines, and standard operating procedures
  • data-collection protocols and software
  • open-code software tools based on state-of-the-art automatic-speaker-recognition technology
  • library of validation reports
  • training for practitioners

  • speaker recognition by earwitnesses
  • speaker identification by judges and juries


  • comparison of fired cartridge cases
  • data collection
  • development and validation of feature-based methods for calculation of likelihood ratios

Forensic Anthropology

  • development and validation of methods for calculation of likelihood ratios

Cell-Site Analysis

  • data collection
  • development and validation of methods for calculation of likelihood ratios


  • data collection
  • development and validation of forensic-data-science methods for comparison of fingerprints and fingermarks
  • training for practitioners application for research funding under development

Communicating Forensic Science

  • understanding of likelihood ratios by legal-decision makers
  • understanding of validation by legal-decision makers

– Authorship Attribution

  • development and validation of methods for calculation of likelihood ratios

Training and Events

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Introduction to the likelihood ratio framework for evaluation of forensic evidence

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshop

    • Birmingham, UK

    • 25 October 2022

    • Future dates TBA

Concepts of likelihood-ratio calculation + Calibration and validation of likelihood-ratio systems

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshop

    • Birmingham, UK

    • 26 October 2022

    • Future dates TBA

– Reading group

  • We have a weekly meeting at which we discuss published papers related to forensic data science.

  • Meetings are open to Laboratory members, adjunct members, and invited guests only. If you have an existing relationship with the Laboratory, and would like to receive invitations to join the reading-group meetings, please send a request to the Dr Morrison.

  • Schedule of past and upcoming readings

    • This schedule is updated as needed – please check here for the latest version.

    • Meeting participants: Please send suggestions for readings to Dr Basu.

Forensic Data Science Conference 2022

  • Due to an insufficient number of submissions, the in-person conference scheduled for September 2022 has been cancelled.

Laboratory Members

Geoffrey Stewart Morrison

  • Associate Professor of Forensic Speech Science, Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University
  • Director, Forensic Data Science Laboratory, Aston University

Phil Weber

  • Lecturer, Computer Science, Aston University

Nabanita Basu

  • Research Associate, Forensic Data Science Laboratory, Aston University

Patrick Geoghegan

  • Senior Lecturer, Biomechanical Engineering, Aston University

Former Member

Roberto Puch-Solis

  • Principal Investigator, Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee

Adjunct Members

Rachel Bolton-King

  • Associate Professor, School of Justice, Security and Sustainability, Staffordshire University
  • Visiting Researcher, Aston University

Ewald Enzinger

  • Senior Research Engineer, Eduworks Corporation
  • Visiting Researcher, Aston University

Rolf JF Ypma

  • Principal Scientist, Netherlands Forensic Institute
  • Visiting Researcher, Aston University

Cuiling Zhang

  • Professor and Vice Dean of School of Criminal Investigation, Southwest University of Political Science and Law
  • Visiting Researcher, Aston University

Claudia Rosas-Aguilar

  • Associate Professor, Instituto de Lingüística y Literatura, Universidad Austral de Chile
  • Visiting Researcher, Aston University

Advisory Board Member

Didier Meuwly

  • Principal Scientist, Netherlands Forensic Institute
  • Professor, Department of Data Management & Biometrics, University of Twente

Collaborators and partner organizations on specific projects are listed on project pages

Forensic Talks Interview with Geoffrey Stewart Morrison

Forensics Talks: Forensic Data Science

Recording of interview originally live-streamed 2021-04-08


This webpage is maintained by Geoffrey Stewart Morrison and was last updated 2022-11-11