An introduction to Human Gait, its analysis and use as evidence (2 hour webinar)
Professor Ivan Birch, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Gait analysis is now an established contributory option in the process of identification as part of criminal investigations. As the number of CCTV cameras in operation, and widespread use of video facilities on hand held devices, continue to increase, the use of gait analysis as an aid to identification is also likely to increase. Fundamental to the use of gait as evidence is a thorough understanding of the human locomotor process and gait.
This workshop will give consideration to the basic principles of human movement, locomotion and gait, and the mechanisms and processes by which they are initiated and controlled. Participants will be guided through the human gait cycle and develop an understanding of the events and phases that provide the basic spatial and temporal landmarks for gait analysis. Consideration will be given to how and why human gait varies from step to step and from person to person, and how it can therefore be utilised as a contributor to identification.
When: April 25th, Noon-2pm (BST/London) or 7am - 9am EST
Professor Ivan Birch is Consultant Expert Witness in forensic gait analysis with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Emeritus Professor of Human Sciences. Ivan graduated in 1978 with a BSc Joint Honours in Science from the University of Salford, gained an MSc in Human Biology from the University of Loughborough in 1980, and was awarded a PhD in Biomechanics by the University of Brighton in 2007. He has extensive experience of teaching biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and research methods, and is a Professional Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. In 2015 he was awarded the status of the Chartered Scientist by the Science Council and College of Podiatry in the UK for his work in gait analysis as evidence. Ivan is included on the National Crime Agency Specialist Operations Centre Expert Witness Advisers Database in the UK, and has more than 35 years’ experience of gait analysis.
The European Division of the International Association for Identification