MUFSC Staff Member, Project Featured in Profiles in DNA
Amy Christen, DNA Expert System Research Analyst, was published in the September 2007 issue of Profiles in DNA. The article is entitled “Validating Expert Systems: Examples with the FSS-i3™ Expert Systems Software” and features some of the results from MUFSC’s NIJ Expert Systems Testbed Project. Ms. Christen began working full-time with MUFSC in May 2007, after obtaining her Master of Science Degree from the Center’s graduate program, where she interned with the project. NIJ Technical Consultant Rhonda Roby was the co-author of the article.
The NIJ Expert System Testbed Project, or NEST Project, is part of a cooperative agreement between the Marshall University Forensic Science Center (MUFSC) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to evaluate expert systems. Expert systems can rapidly process DNA data to determine final results quickly. This enables them to dramatically improve laboratory efficiency and alleviate case backlogs. Because expert systems mark such a revolutionary development in DNA analysis, the selection of an appropriate system is a critical step for laboratories. NEST Project demonstrations provide lab managers and other personnel with a first-hand look at these software programs to aid in this selection. Profiles in DNA is published by the Promega Corporation as a resource for the DNA community.
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