On 22 November 2016 Jacob de Zoete (UvA - Korteweg-de Vries Institute) was interviewed by 'Noordhollands Dagblad' about the importance of mathematics in forensic research.
At first sight mathematical models don’t seem to have a lot to do with forensic research. Most of us find mathematics a boring subject that should be forgotten about after secondary school.
Nevertheless Jacob de Zoete shows that mathematics and statistics can open doors to more sexy subject areas.
He proves this in his thesis ‘Combining Forensic Evidence’ that he defended on 22 November 2016 as a closure of his PhD research project at the University of Amsterdam.
When we watch television we can’t imagine that forensic researchers need mathematicians. Most of the time, when the DNA is found the case is solved. But what in the case of identical twins or when multiple DNA profiles are blended? Statistics in forensic institutes determine the value of forensic evidence.