Professor James Michael Curran

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Head of Department

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My main interests are in statistical problems in forensic science. I consult with forensic agencies in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, and produce and maintain expert systems software for the interpretation of evidence. I have experience as an expert witness for DNA and glass evidence, appearing in courts in the United States and Australia.

In addition to my forensic interests, I have very strong interests in statistical computing, and in automation projects.

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  • Buckleton, J. S., Pugh, S. N., Bright, J. A., Taylor, D. A., Curran, J. M., Kruijver, M., ... Cheng, K. (2020). Are low LRs reliable?. Forensic Science International: Genetics, 49.10.1016/j.fsigen.2020.102350
  • Gupta, A., Corzo, R., Akmeemana, A., Lambert, K., Jimenez, K., Curran, J. M., & Almirall, J. R. (2020). Dimensionality reduction of multielement glass evidence to calculate likelihood ratios. JOURNAL OF CHEMOMETRICS10.1002/cem.3298
  • Cheng, K., Skillman, J., Hickey, S., Just, R., Moreno, L., Bright, J.-A., ... Buckleton, J. (2020). Variability and additivity of read counts for aSTRs in NGS DNA profiles. Forensic science international. Genetics, 4810.1016/j.fsigen.2020.102351
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin Cheng
  • Caliebe, A., Andersen, M. M., & Curran, J. (2020). Reducing complex dependency structure by graphical models - with an application to Y-chromosomal haplotypes. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the International-Genetic-Epidemiology-Society, ELECTR NETWORK. 1 July - 4 July 2020. GENETIC EPIDEMIOLOGY. (pp. 2).
  • Buckleton, J., Robertson, B., Curran, J., Berger, C., Taylor, D., Bright, J.-A., ... Pugh, S. (2020). A review of likelihood ratios in forensic science based on a critique of Stiffelman "No longer the Gold standard: Probabilistic genotyping is changing the nature of DNA evidence in criminal trials". Forensic science international, 31010.1016/j.forsciint.2020.110251
  • Andersen, M. M., Caliebe, A., Kirkeby, K., Knudsen, M., Vihrs, N., & Curran, J. M. (2020). Estimation of Y haplotype frequencies with lower order dependencies. Forensic science international. Genetics, 4610.1016/j.fsigen.2019.102214
  • Cheng, K., Bright, J.-A., Kerr, Z., Taylor, D., Ciecko, A., Curran, J., & Buckleton, J. (2020). Examining the additivity of peak heights in forensic DNA profiles. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES10.1080/00450618.2019.1704060
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin Cheng
  • Menking-Hoggatt, K., Arroyo, L., Curran, J., & Trejos, T. (2019). Novel LIBS method for micro-spatial chemical analysis of inorganic gunshot residues. JOURNAL OF CHEMOMETRICS10.1002/cem.3208

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SCIENCE CENTRE - MATHPHYSIC - Bldg 303
Level 3, Room 307
38 PRINCES ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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