Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 2015

It is another nice month with writing and finishing research proposals, reviewing articles, doing some casework and giving some lectures. Also looking into drone forensics, it appears more research is done in this area and it is expected that cases will come in. I was in Magdeburg and gave a keynote talk at the conference IMF 2015. The city of Magdeburg has many well maintained old buildings and appears to be green. Also good discussions during the meeting on interpretation of forensic evidence as well the appropriate use of Likelihood ratios in Forensic IT, as well as uncertainty and confidence levels which are becoming more used in forensic analysis software.

I also went for a steering committee in Prague to prepare our annual meeting of the Forensic IT working group during the EAFS 2015. One of the goals is finishing the update of the Best Practice manual, and as always it is an issue if the manual does not become too detailed, however it there is excellent progress. It is also good to see new proficiency tests will be developed as well as our new ideas for R&D projects.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

April 2015

This month we had the submission deadline for the special issue on big data and intelligent data analysis for the Journal Digital Investigation. There are many good contributions for the journal, and currently all submissions are processed.

Also besides working on some casework, currently I have a student working on forensic traces in drones, since it appears that the number of drones for consumer sold is growing rapidly. There is not much research in this field yet related on forensics and traces that can be recovered after a crime happened, and as we saw at the AAFS conference  in February two papers were presented there.

It is good to see that open source software within the forensic community is more wider available, as we can see  also at . It was suprising to see how easy the software is to install and use as we can see for example in Autopsy by Brian Carrier. Also the NFI developed open source software such as defraser, for analysis and repair of video. Furthermore we see in biometrics also several approaches for open source software which appear major enough to use for research.

In May there is a conference of 9th International Conference on IT Security Incident Management & IT Forensics in Magdeburg were I am preparing a keynote talk for. More research is see on investigation on malware and android forensics and upcoming research on private browsing software, such as Tor, I2P and many others is expected.

Image of Magdeburg where the IMF conference is held
GrĂ¼ne Zitadelle, Hundertwasserhaus

Saturday, February 28, 2015

March 2015

Looking back to February, it was an excellent conference at the American Academy of Forensic Science, where I was elected as Vice President and chairperson of the AAFS Membership Review Committee. Furthermore the workshop of the Think Tank of the Forensic Science Foundation that I was chairing was sold out with a waiting list. New developments were presented ranging from wearables, biometric research in facial comparison, drones and multispectral imaging which might influence future forensic casework. Many new opportunities for research.

In March the DFRWS will have its conference in Dublin, which has a good program.Of course I also will do some casework and some lecturing,which both are also very nice to do and combine with research in the field. In the lab several student trainees that are doing research on camera identification, vein comparison, soft biometrics as well forensic drone examination, to find relevant digital traces and e-glasses.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February 2015

A nice month with the AAFS (American Academy of Forensic Sciences) conference in Orlando from 16-21 February. For me it is a nice and busy meeting, with starting on Sunday the ASTM meeting.

- On Monday I am Chairing Workshop (W14) On the Leading Edge of Forensic Science 16 February 2015 where we have interesting presentation on forensic drone investigation, cybercrime, forensic data science, CBRNE,  Big Data, 3D Printing, Programmable Matter, Wearable Sensors, Storing Data in DNA, and Lab on a Chip, wearables in forensic science as well as facial comparison and CBRNE.
- On Tuesday I am speaker at Interdisciplinary Symposium - Past Presidents - Future Science: Hot Leads in Contemporary Forensic Research on Digital and Multimedia Sciences
On Wednesday morning at 7 pm as chairperson of the International Affairs Committee welcoming the international participants. I also hope to be elected as Vice President on Wednesday Afternoon.
On Thursday I am giving two presentations Large-Scale, Common-Source Identification of Digital Camera Images Zeno J. Geradts, PhD*; Floris Gisolf, MSFS presentation on 13 February
Forensic Image Comparison of Feet Zeno J. Geradts, PhD*; Katerina Palla, MFS 
And of course I am looking forward to see many excellent papers and meeting many colleagues.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

December 2014

December is as always a busy month at the beginning and then the last part is more quiet, with the holiday season. When I look back on this month, we had a very good meeting in Tallinn, Estonia for our ENFSI IT Working group. Investigation methods on forensic data science as well as methods for digital investigation are worthwhile exploring.

For the journal Digital Investigation we have a new call for paper on big data and intelligent analysis, where Katrin Franke and I are guest editors of this edition.

Special Issue on Big Data and Intelligent Data Analysis

The Journal of Digital Investigation covers cutting edge developments in digital forensics and incident response from around the globe.
We welcome submissions for a special issue on big data and intelligent data analysis.
The issue will focus on the challenges presented to digital forensics and incident response in big data and intelligent data analysis.

We seek submissions including case studies, practitioner reports of what works in practice, survey articles covering state-of-the-art and future needs, objective tool reviews, and relevant legal analysis als on privacy concerns. We are also looking for work that proposes possible normalization and standardization in this area.
Deadline for submissions is 15 March 2015.

Visit the journal page for more information and to contribute to this special issue.

The amount of data in an average case of digital evidence is growing rapidly. When large amounts of data have to be examined, ranging from log files  to huge amounts of multimedia files from servers and other sources such as smart phones, intelligent data analysis is necessary to interpret the data.

This issue will cover big data and intelligent data analysis on :

- Digital evidence examination with big data solutions such as Hadoop
- Analyzing large amounts of log files from botnets

- Interpretation of forensic  data with intelligent data analysis

- Issues and solutions for storing and backups of Petabytes of information
- Methods for faster indexing of huge amounts of data

- Methods for presenting large amounts of data to the court / visualisation methods
- Aspects of privacy protection related to processing big data

In an effort to increase understanding and advance the state of the art, this special issue is dedicated to presenting the varying views regarding big data and intelligent data analysis from a forensic perspective

Submit a case study, survey paper, tool review, or other contribution on big data and intelligent data analysis now.

Friday, November 14, 2014

November 2014

It is a month with some casework, and some new developments. As program manager big data and cyber forensics we see many new challenges coming in. The variety of devices is growing each day, and of course many new forensic products are developed. Also attention on devices such as smart TVs, drones, medical devices even robot vacuum cleaners with many sensors that store data are of interest to the forensic community.

In the week of 18 November we have the yearly ENFSI Forensic IT Working group in Tallinn, Estonia. As chairman of this working group, I am looking forward to the presentations and the collaboration with CEPOL. I hope there will be some results of collaborative exercises also. One of the documents that is of interest how to include Bayesian conclusions in the Forensic IT working group. Discussions include how to determine the Likehood Ratio and how to determine priors in more complex crime scenes.  Validation and testing of forensic software and error, uncertainty and loss in digital evidence remain topics for discussion.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 2014

The words that I use most often in this blog are visualised in this picture

This month the olympic games of forensic sciences as IAFS calls themselves was held in Seoul, Korea. Many good presentations and a good networking opportunity. This time I gave a presentation on forensic multimedia analytics at the AAFS-session. It was very well organized, and of course I used the opportunity to buy a Korean smartphone.

Spui 25 in Amsterdam organized a debate on big data and forensic science (I was one of the persons on the panel), where also the privacy aspects of investigation where discussed with bits of Freedom.