Analyzing the Impact of Virtual Reality and 3D Capture Technology on Crime Scene Investigation

2017 - presentpresent

In this project, the Living Environments Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will partner with the Dane County Sheriff Office to test and compare different 3D capture methods for crime scenes. Both entities have a history of working together on crime scene capture and visualization. This project will utilize a forensic training location to create artificial crime scenes which will be digitized with different 3D capturing methods. This controlled test environment enables a baseline comparison of different techniques while data from real crime scenes will be captured simultaneously. Upon the successful completion of this project, we will deliver a formal cost/benefit analysis of using 3D capture technology compared to traditional means when investigating crime scenes. We will also provide an evaluation of how the extension of VR technologies impacts the presentation and analysis of 3D captured crime scenes. We believe this project will not only enable crime scene investigators to analyze scenes in less time and with greater accuracy, but will also pave way for new types of computer mediated investigations.