NADE Annual Conference:

       2024 AFDE & NADE  SYMPOSIUM

"Staying Current in the Evolving AI and Digital World
- and much more"    

BROOKFIELD, WISCONSIN (outside Milwaukee) 

Friday, October 4 - Monday, October 7, 2024

DoubleTree by Hilton Milwaukee-Brookfield
18155 W. Bluemound Rd.
Brookfield, WI  53045

AFDE and NADE are meeting together this year for a Symposium/Conference at the Doubletree -  a hotel that turns travel into a human experience.  It starts with a warm chocoate chip cookie - a symbol of  warmth and care for each guest.  The Doubletree by Hilton Milwaukee-Brookfield is only 25 minutes from General Mitchell International Airport (MKE).  This modern, suburban hotel is close to unique shopping, diverse restaurants, and must see attractions.
Room rates are $129.00 plus taxes per night for King size or two queen size beds, and include a free hot breakfast buffet. The room rates apply three days before and three days after the symposium.

The hotel includes a fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool, and complimentary internet and parking for all guests.

2024 Conference Chairperson
Patricia Fisher

The 2024 Symposium theme will be "Staying Current in the Evolving AI and Digital World – and much more." Initial program details are below. The 2024 AFDE/NADE Symposium will cover a broad range of subjects including the opening presentation on AI an d Handwriting Identification, the latest research on Azheimers and signatures, case studies in digitally altered or fabricated documents, a panel providing “Tips for Testimony,”  a presentation on disguised handwriting, poster sessions, and much more.
Deadline for Papers and Poster session submissions is June 1
If you would like to be considered as a presenter, provide the title, an abstract, and visuals that you will need.  Provide your curriculum vita along with your submission no later than June 1, 2024. Your submission will be reviewed by the Program Committee.  You will be informed of approval no later than June 30.
Opening presentation

The Basics of AI and Its Impact on Handwriting Identification

Tatiana Vazulina, Director Product Managment
Parascript, LLC

In today's rapidly evolving world, the pace of artificial intelligence (AI) development has reached unprecedented levels. AI technologies are driving transformative changes across various industries, reshaping how we work, communicate, and live. From healthcare to finance, transportation to entertainment, AI is revolutionizing processes, enhancing efficiency, and unlocking new possibilities. Understanding the power and limitations of AI is crucial for setting realistic expectations and utilizing it efficiently across various tasks. Forensic document examination, like any other field, is not exempt from the need to understand where and how it can benefit from leveraging AI technology.

Parascript, a leading developer of AI products specializing in pattern recognition, offers innovative solutions for handwriting analysis and fraud detection. In response to a growing interest from forensic experts, Parascript provides a presentation aimed at introducing forensic document examiners to the application of AI technology in their field. The presentation will delve into the fundamentals of AI technology, trace its evolution, and dispel common myths surrounding its capabilities. Participants will gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of AI, with a focus on its efficient application within forensic document examination.

Through real-world examples, attendees will learn how AI technology can enhance their workflow and improve accuracy in handwriting analysis and fraud detection tasks. Specifically, the workshop will showcase Parascript's cutting-edge technology, including SignatureXpert.AI, a powerful tool for signature verification, CheckwashAlert.AI, designed to detect alterations in handwritten text indicative of check washing fraud, and CheckStock, a solution for identifying counterfeit checks.

Finally, the presentation will address such important topics as the distinction between AI-generated and natural handwriting, limitations of AI in document examination, provide insights into the future direction of AI technology, and delineate practical scenarios for its deployment.

Featured presentation

Alzheimer’s Disease and signatures/handwriting

Carina Pereira Fernandes is a Senior Handwriting and Document Examiner and Laboratory Manger at NC Forensic Institute in Porto, Portugal.  She is currently completing her PhD on Alzheimers and handwriting. Ms, Fernandes is also a team member of the European Network of Forensic Sciences’ (ENFSI) CERTAIN-FORS Project which is currently developing e-learning tools for training and competency of handwriting experts on the examination of traditional and digitally captured signatures.  She was the coordinator of Forensic Document and Handwriting Analysis in the Portuguese Association of Forensic Sciences until 2020.  Her research interests include graphopathopology (with the focus on Alzeimer’s Disease), neuroscience and digitally captured signatures. Ms. Fernandes also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Forensic Document Examination.  More specific information about the presentation will be posted soon.