Friday, August 22, 2014

August 2014

Magazine CoverThis month had a wide variety of tasks from casework to administrative tasks. A short vacation and some more work on writing project proposals as well as working on several methods. Just looking to new developments on big data and using real time processing with Hadoop . Of course when talking about big data, privacy issues should also be mentioned. Currently we are working on a call for papers on big data and intelligent data analysis in the journal Digital Investigation.The IEEE Spectrum magazine even has written an article on the collapse of internet privacy.,

Also busy with reviewing best practice guides for ENFSI on Digital Imaging and on Forensic IT. Interesting discussions on validating software in ISO 17025 and testing the software.

New developments for me are that I am appointed per September 1st for one day a week as professor at the University of Amsterdam in Forensic Data Sciences by special appointment at the Informatics Institute. Also I am honored to be nominated as vice president at the American Academy of Forensic Science.

The next DFRWS-EU conference will be held in Dublin from 23 to 26 March 2015, so the call for papers is ready now.

Friday, July 04, 2014

July 2014

It is time to prepare abstracts and workshop proposal for the AAFS meeting in Orlando, since they have to be submitted before August 1st. Several thoughts on forensic science in a few years also with the Theoretical Forensic Science (aka Think Tank) of the Forensic Science Foundation where of course the topics such as nanotechnology, programmable matter, 3D printing, aspects of cybercrime on wearable devices, drone forensics and many opportunities which might impact forensic science as such are discussed and a workshop is proposed. There are several grants, scholarschips and awards available for research in forensic science, within the Forensic Science Foundation, and of course one can also contribute on line.

It appears infographics work much better than words often, so Elice Cooper asked me to include the forensic nursing infographics this time.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 2014

The DFRWS EU  in Amsterdam  was well attended with several excellent presentations and workshops ranging from issues with cybercrime, analysis of big data and intelligent data analysis and new developments for reducing backlogs in digital forensic labs. Also a good networking opportunity. I am looking forward to next years meeting in Dublin.

Furthermore this month I went to a meeting of the project ASSERT on social impact analysis where challenging forensic projects were discussed. Many interesting discussions on ethical and social issues within these projects.

Also I have a guest lecture at the University of Amsterdam, in the track Cybercrime and security, where we also have several projects proposals submitted.  

Sunday, April 06, 2014

April 2014

Within forensic science there is more attention given to errors as such, as was also discussed within the NAS-report on Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States. Currently we see more publications within the forensic literature, for example Christensen urges that forensic scientists clearly communicate the different type of errors in forensic science such as :
- measurement uncertainties
- variations
- interobserver errors
- mistakes

Also different labs report on their website on these errors. Also Ate Kloosterman and colleagues discussed methods of reporting the errors in a workshop at the American Academy of Forensic Science in 2014.

Currently I also have projects that students work on, ranging from forensic implications of 3D-printers, to camera identification, stego-analysis and forensic feet comparison, and of course some casework were I work on. In quiet periods I do most casework, and currently some on camera identification. As program manager of Forensic Big Data and Intelligent Data Analysis it is good to see that much research within this field is going on. We focus on privacy, transparency and security in the design of these systems.

I also went to London for a meeting on updating the Forensic IT Best practice guide, which should also cover issues with cloud computing and cyber crime related investigations.

The First DFWRS EU conference is approaching, I am looking forward to this event in Amsterdam.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Forensic investigation of botnets

Currently forensic investigations of cybercrime attacks get more interest, it is expected that more cases are brought to court.  However, they are often difficult to investigate due to their international nature and that they are getting more sophisticated 
A methodology for forensic investigations of botnets

Click image to see a larger versionThe Zombie Computer InfographicThe Zombie Computer Infographic via Bluehost

Sunday, February 23, 2014

February 2014

February is always a nice month, with the conference of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Seattle as one of the main event. With over 3400 participants it was an excellent event. This time I had two presentations in the scientific session, one on camera identification on social networks and one on forensic hand comparison together with my colleagues. Two workshops that I moderated and also two presentations in the workshops on 3D-methods and biometric facial systems.

My colleagues presented on evaluation of errors in DNA analysis. It was interesting to see that human errors in DNA reporting and handling of the evidence contribute to most of the known errors. They also compared it to other labs, however of forensic labs not many publications on this are available yet. Also with many checks in the system, still reporting is one of the important sources of error, so it is always good to keep this in mind and improve the system.

As Trustee of the Forensic Science Foundation, I see that more attention is given to international participants, all of them are open to international participants and there is even the new Henry Lee scholarship especially designed for international participants.

Also forensic cloud computing had many papers this time, and this is certainly good since it requires another methodology for digital evidence.

On 10 February the European Commission a meeting at the European Commission on EC3,‎ the European cybercrime center. Also an event for networking for the ENFSI Forensic IT Working group. It was good to see much interest in the topic here.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December 2013 / January 2014

As usual somewhat more quiet, finishing the last cases and some holidays. I had to testify in court this month
in 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands for a case on the Bayesian conclusions and on interpretation of image comparison, in this case of a glove.

Also in December we had a very nice meeting of ENFSI with the board of ENFSI in Barcelona. Good discussions about publications and other issues. The number of working groups is expanding and now also the working group archaeology is being started.

Furthermore next month I start also as part time R&D program manager big data and intelligent data analysis on the forensic topics. Many calls for funding at the moment on this topic as well as cybercrime. As usual also some research proposals also with the University of Amsterdam and with the opening of the Co van Leddenbosch Center  and the Data Science Research Center also more collaboration is expected.

Also as program chair of the DFWRS EU is having a excellent number of papers, so I am looking forward to the conference in Amsterdam.
ENFSI meeting in Barcelona