Emerging Threats, Emerging Solutions
Christina Baxter is the CEO of Emergency Response TIPS, LLC and a partner in Hazard3, LLC which provide practical, evidence-based solutions for emergency response through the development of next generation tools for enhanced responder safety and education in the areas of CBRNE, hazardous materials, and clandestine laboratory response.
Prior to forming Emergency Response TIPS, LLC, Dr. Baxter was the CBRNE Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Defense (CTTSO) where she was responsible for developing and fielding next generation capabilities for the CBRNE response elements.
Dr. Baxter holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has over 25 years of experience in the hazardous materials/CBRN response community.
Prof Shari Forbes
Human Decomposition Facilities – Creating Future Possibilities for Forensic Science
Professor Shari Forbes holds a Canada 150 Research Chair in Forensic Thanatology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). She is the Director of the UQTR facility for Research in Experimental and Social Thanatology (REST), the first human decomposition facility to open in Canada. She was formerly an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia. She established and directed the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER), the first human decomposition facility in Australia. Prof. Forbes’ research investigates the chemical processes that occur in soft tissue decomposition.
He has 30 years’ experience as a detective working in the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard, the majority of this time working in Counter Terrorism Command both as an investigator and as a Bomb Scene Manager. As a result of this he has been involved in numerous major investigations including the London Bombings in 2005, the Glasgow airport attack, the plot to detonate liquid explosives on transatlantic airplanes and various other international headline investigations. He was part of the London Olympics 2012 planning committee and was the dedicated Bomb Scene Manager assigned to the 2012 Olympic Games. He has also been deployed operationally and strategically worldwide to assist countries in relation to bombing incidents giving hands on advice on scene management, major investigation structures and I.E.D reconstruction. He has written national strategies for terrorist investigation and organised and implemented national training for investigators. He has been highly commended on numerous occasions throughout his career for his detective ability, determination, bravery and outstanding leadership. He joined the INTERPOL Chemex team as a coordinator in January 2015. Leading this team he has written and implemented various projects and programs which range from Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare for and against terrorist attacks, including a Cannes Film festival award winning video, education category, with regards to first responders.
Transforming Trace Evidence into Forensic Intelligence in Real Time. The Future is Now!
Troy is the Director | Commercial Products at BDNA Group, providing strategic direction for the development of the bdna|forensic-register, an integrated forensic case and laboratory information management system acquired from Queensland Government in 2020.
A member of the Society since 1999 and a former police officer with over 30 years’ decorated service he has acquired extensive experience in electronic evidence and forensic investigation. He performed the role of Inspector, Forensic Technologies Co-ordinator and provided expert evidence on numerous occasions in criminal trials and two Commissions of Inquiry.
Past Chair of the working group and co-author of the National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS) Australasian Guidelines for Digital Imaging Processes, Past Deputy Chair of the NIFS Electronic Evidence Specialist Advisory Group and the principal technical developer of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Interactive Crime Scene Recording System (ICSR), Forensic CCTV Demultiplexing System (DeMux) and the QPS Forensic Case Management System (Forensic Register).
Troy also authored a publication on the utility of forensic informatics in enabling forensic intelligence for the Australian Journal of Forensic Science and collaborated in the ANZPAA NIFS publication, ‘The intelligent use of forensic data’ and continues to be dedicated to enabling efficient, quality assured workflows that reduce leakage points in the ‘end-to-end’ forensic process and provide timely forensic intelligence to solve, disrupt and prevent crime.
Designing R&D to Support Forensic Science of the Future
Dion Sheppard is the Forensic Research & Development Manager at the Institute of Environmental Science & Research, Ltd (ESR), New Zealand. Dion is passionate about the intersection between technology and forensic science, and the opportunity to use innovation and co-design to meet end-users’ needs. With a background in forensic science and experience in science commercialisation he leads teams that are focused on undertaking research and development projects that result in new products and services that improve the accessibility of science and support evidence-informed decision making in the justice sector.
Designing the Future of Forensics: Mêtis and Forensic Intelligence
Dr Michael Taylor leads the Australian Federal Police’s Forensic Intelligence capability. Dr Taylor’s approach emphasises an all-source model for forensic intelligence, and one in which forensic expertise – not just information – can be used in a pre-investigational regime for threat discovery. Particular interests include the application of scientific and technical methods to network illumination and disruption, through the identification of targetable vulnerabilities.
Dr Angela Williamson
Preventing Future Crimes by Looking Backwards- Why Cold Cases Matter
Dr Angela Williamson is the Supervisor, Forensics Unit/FBI ViCAP Liaison at The United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Angela also serves as the Forensic Subject Matter Expert for BJA and FBI ViCAP/BAU and assists Law Enforcement agencies across the USA. She developed and oversees the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), along with other forensic-based programs at BJA. Angela received her doctorate in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Queensland in Australia. She has over 16 years of experience as a forensic specialist working on complex criminal cases and missing/unidentified persons’ investigations. As a forensic scientist, Angela worked in State and Private forensic labs (including QLD Health Scientific Services), and performed serological screening and DNA analysis on thousands of major crime cases. Prior to joining DOJ, she held the positions of Director of Forensic Casework at Bode Technology (America’s largest private forensic DNA laboratory), and Biometrics and Unknown Victim Identification Project Manager at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). At Bode she worked thousands of sexual assault cases, homicides, human remains (missing, unidentified, mass disasters), and many high-profile cases (including the Zodiac serial killer and JonBenet Ramsey homicide). At NCMEC Angela oversaw forensic/biometric services, assisted in the identification of child homicide victims, and helped solve cold case homicides. She has extensive knowledge of current forensic practices and emerging technologies and routinely trains law enforcement in all aspects of Forensics, including advanced DNA techniques for crime scene evidence. In 2018 and 2020, Angela received the United States Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the mission and goals of the Office of Justice Programs. In 2019, Angela received the International Homicide Investigators Association Award for Excellence for her role in the Samuel Little serial killer investigation.