Nicole Tung and Jason Barr – VR Photography in crime scenes
The Palmela 2011 Organization is pleased to announce Nicole Tung and Jason Barr as conference speakers:
Bachelor of Pharmacy and a Master of Science in Forensic Science (First Class Honours), both from The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Pharmacology from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Master of Science in Forensic Science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Nicole Tung and Jason Barr are senior forensic technicians with the Institute of Environmental Science & Research Ltd. (ESR), New Zealand. ESR is the provider of expert forensic science services to the New Zealand Police.
The presentation will detail the recent development and application of panoramic photography and virtual tour techniques to crime scene investigation in New Zealand. These techniques have been developed as a new means of recording a crime scene and presenting evidence in court.
Stemming from a two-year research project investigating new technologies for recording crime scenes, this presentation will discuss the use of these technologies, specifically panoramic photography, and how they have been applied to forensic casework in New Zealand.
Recent case studies will be presented, including the first use of panoramic photography in a New Zealand court for a homicide trial in February 2011. The advantages of panoramic evidence presentation will be discussed along with how this compares and contrasts to current methods of scene recording and evidence presentation. The challenges faced by the introduction of new technology to the court room, with specific mention of considerations when presenting panoramic photography in a forensic context, will also be discussed.