Zeno Geradts writes his experiences as forensic scientist
Saturday, September 23, 2017
The nicest job I know is being a forensic (data) scientist
The wide range of aspects a forensic scientist should handle, makes it for me a wide range of opportunities. The idea is to use the data and databases that exist useful for forensic interpretation and in the end use as evidence in court. In August I gave at the IAFS in Toronto a talk on deep learning and forensic evidence. To prepare data often scripting language such as Python is used, and we see lot of open source solutions being developed. Knowledge of databases i, and the handling of multimodal data is important. Also heterogeneous data as well as the veracity and validity of data is to consider.
The Netherlands Forensic Institute for me is a very nice place since I had my 25th year of celebration here and the organization is always changing in novel directions and giving new opportunities to learn and improve forensic science.
Since I work at the NFI and as a professor Forensic Data Science the University of Amsterdam, I also have several research projects (also for students) that work on digital evidence, as well as multimedia analysis. Also within European Horizon 2020 projects ASGARD and Marie Curie ESSENTIAL I am working on these topics combined with big data. International collaboration is important to optimize the solutions and prevent double work.
Currently I am also working on a special edition of the Journal Forensic Research of Taylor and Francis on digital evidence. It is an open access journal and the deadline is 1 december. If you have contributions, I would be happy to hear from you.
Prof. dr. Zeno Geradts is a senior forensic scientist at the Netherlands Forensic Institute of the Ministry of Justice at the Digital Evidence and Biometrics section in the area of forensic (video) image processing and biometrics and works also on Forensic big data analysis. From September 1st 2014, he is appointed as professor on forensic data science by special appointment at the University of Amsterdam.
Zeno Geradts works since 1991 at the Netherlands Forensic Institute as a forensic scientist. Since 1997 he works at the digital evidence departement. He is expert witness in image analysis and biometrics as well as R&D coordinator in digital evidence and program manager Big Data and Intelligent Data Analysis. In 2002 he received a PhD from the University of Utrecht based on research on computational matching of forensic images. At the AAFS he has been chairman of the Engineering Section and since 2008-2010 chairman of the section Digital Evidence and Multimedia, he was elected by the section as member of the Board of Directors of the AAFS from 2010-2013. He is elected as Vice Oresident of the AAFS 2015-2016. He is chairman of the ENFSI Forensic IT working group. He published many papers in forensic journals and contributions to books and is active on casework as expert witness and projects in digital evidence. Since 2014 he is also appointed for 1 day a week as special chair forensic data sciences at the University of Amsterdam
Specialties: Forensic Science, program manager big data and cyber forensics, forensic ict, digital evidence and multimedia, face comparison, biometrics, video analysis, R&D coordination.