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    10.11.12 Authorship Attribution Workshop

    Thursday, October 11
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Friday, October 12
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Subotnick Center, 10th Floor
    250 Joralemon Street

    Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Center for Law, Language and Cognition, and the Journal of Law and Policy.

    Online registration is now closed. Please call Alice Loeb at 718-780-7904 if you would like to register. On-site registration will also be available at the event.

    One (1) CLE Credit, in the category of Ethics, will be offered on Thursday, October 11, from 9:00 – 10:00am. This credit is transitional and non-transitional. There is no charge. Please arrive early and inquire at the registration table to receive this credit.

    About the Program
    It is not unusual for a legal case to depend on who wrote a particular document. The question has arisen in many high-profile cases, such as identifying the author of the Unabomber Manifesto, and the ransom notes in the JonBenét Ramsey murder case and the Lindburgh baby kidnapping and murder case. It arises in many less-celebrated criminal and civil cases on a regular basis.

    Research on the attribution of authorship of documents has developed impressively. Yet while testimony on the source of documents in high-profile legal cases has attracted significant media attention, the field has remained mostly under the radar screen of American judges and evidence scholars. Computer models are being created and tested in which the method is employed in a uniform manner. Error rates are reported, with a healthy competition among various practitioners to develop the best algorithms and to use statistical analysis that will get the most out of the analyses produced. At the same time, scholars in linguistics whose methods are less quantitative, offer new and important insights. Read More

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    Shlomo Argamon
    Associate Professor of Computer Science
    Illinois Institute of Technology

    Ronald R. Butters
    Professor Emeritus, English and Cultural Anthropology
    Duke University

    Bob Carpenter
    Associate Research Scientist
    Columbia University

    Carole E. Chaski
    President and CEO, ALIAS Technology LLC
    Executive Director, Institute for Linguistic Evidence

    Edward Cheng
    Professor of Law
    Vanderbilt Law School

    Malcolm Coulthard
    Distinguished Visiting Professor, Postgraduate Programme in English
    Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Federal University of Santa Catarina Florianopolis Brazil;
    Emeritus Professor of Forensic Linguistics, Aston University

    Stephen E. Fienberg
    Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science
    Carnegie Mellon University

    Edward Finegan
    Professor of Linguistics and Law
    Gould School of Law
    Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching
    University of Southern California

    Núria Gavaldà
    PhD Student in Forensic Linguistics
    ForensicLab - Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada (IULA)
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)

    Tim Grant
    Director, Centre for Forensic Linguistics
    School of Languages and Social Sciences
    Aston University, Birmingham, UK

    Patrick Juola
    Associate Professor of Computer Science
    Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    Duquesne University

    Jonathan Koehler
    Beatrice Kuhn Professor of Law
    Northwestern University School of Law

    Moshe Koppel
    Professor of Computer Science
    Bar-Ilan University

    D. Michael Risinger
    John J. Gibbons Professor of Law
    Seton Hall University School of Law

    Michael J. Saks
    Regents Professor, Law and Psychology
    Arizona State University

    Lawrence Solan
    Don Forchelli Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law School

    Efstathios Stamatatos
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Information and Communications Systems Engineering
    University of the Aegean

    Maria Teresa Turell
    Professor of English Linguistics
    ForensicLab, Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada (IULA)
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra

    Carl Vogel
    Director of Research, School of Computer Science and Statistics Director, Centre for Computing and Language Studies
    Trinity College Dublin

    Please check back at a later date for more information about this program.

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