CDE: [Excellence in Restorative Dentistry Lecture Series] – Forensic Dentistry and Artificial Intelligence **CANCELLED**

Apr, 2020
12:00 PM-01:00 PM


Please be aware this lecture has been cancelled. After careful consideration of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 overseas and in the United States, University’s decision to prohibit University-related travel, both domestic and international, at this time.

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Cost: Free; Registration is required for CE credit.
CE Credits: 1.0 lecture credits


Forensic dentistry is a part of dentistry where teeth and dentition are used for: identification of human remains in individual or mass disasters; age and sex estimation; dental profiling, assessment of bite mark injuries; assessment of cases of abuse and civil cases involving malpractice. Dental identification and estimation of age and sex on teeth should be fast, reliable and cheap. These requirements are difficult to meet. This increases the need to introduce new technologies into the work of a forensic dentist. Artificial intelligence finds more and more applications in science and research including biomedicine. Forensic dentistry is one of the fields where application of artificial intelligence is still on early beginnings. At University of Zagreb a group of forensic dentists and computer science experts is developing a software for analysis of orthopantomograms based on computer learning and artificial intelligence for application in bioanthropology and forensic dentistry. The preliminary results show that it can be used very successfully for age and sex estimation. Forensic dentistry will be presented during this lecture, as well as the possibilities of using artificial intelligence for these purposes.

Educational Objectives

  • to define forensic dentistry and its scope
  • to define the area of work of a forensic dentist
  • to describe the possibilities of application of artificial intelligence in forensic dentistry


Marin Vodanovic, DDM, MSc, PhD
Associate professor, Vice Dean at School of Dental Medicine
University of Zagreb, Croatia
Specialist of Dental Pathology and Endodontics
University Hospital Centre Zagreb
Forensic Dentist
Member of the Executive Board of International Organization for Forensic Odonto-Stomatology (IOFOS)

Dr. Marin Vodanovic received a Doctor of Dental Medicine, Master of Science and PhD from the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He specialized in endodontics and dental pathology and completed his studies at University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Croatia. Dr. Vodanovic is the Head of the Department of dental anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb and the Vice Dean at School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb.

His main areas of research expertise are in paleodontology, forensic dentistry, dental anthropology endodontics, occupational diseases and dental terminology. He has served as project leader and researcher on several projects including a study completed by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA on tooth wear. He has authored or coauthored more than 200 publications including several books, textbooks, dictionaries and book chapters.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credits.