Zeno Geradts writes his experiences as forensic scientist
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Forensic science in 2018
Within the forensic science community much effort is taken to develop better standards and best practice guides for the different fields of forensic science. Also several ISO-standards are available or in development .
Currently much effort is conducted for forensic analysis directly at the crime scene, so the results are faster available. In the digital forensic field we see that much effort is taken to approach the data, though it is getting more complicated due to strong encryption due to privacy concerns of users. However, often solutions are found with hard work.
The use of databases of traces is progressing. Many databases exists for example for bio-metrics, such as DNA, fingerprints, speakers, faces and many other traces in forensic areas. The use of these databases should be expanded to other areas in forensic science, since this is important for providing statistical information, and also artificial intelligence algorithms can be trained by using these. Also I see that we need some algorithms for finding errors in forensic reports as well as court cases in order to improve forensic finding of future reports. For this reason also forensic data science is a field that is expanding rapidly and also many projects work on improving databases and knowledge in forensic science.
I look forward to much good progress within the forensic community and also hope on much collaboration, since we need to collaborate to solve the many challenges in forensic science.
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.