Digital & Multimedia Sciences January 2015 News Update

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Source: Samuel I. Brothers, BBA, Section Program Committee, Co-Chair

The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section’s Program Committee has been working hard this year and we look forward to seeing everyone in Mickey’s hometown of Orlando! This year, our section will present one half-day workshop (#14) “On the Leading Edge of Forensic Science” scheduled for Monday, February the 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (pre-registration is required). Fellow member, Zeno Geradts will serve as chair for the workshop. Additional presentations will be made by Richard Vorder Bruegge,

Ronald Prins, Gerda Edelman, and Jurrien Bijhold. Topics include: facial recognition, drone forensics, hyperspectral imaging at the crime scene, and virtual reality and augmented reality at the crime scene. A program not to be missed!

Dr. Geradts will also serve as faculty on the Interdisciplinary Symposium “Past Presidents Future Science: Hot Leads in Contemporary Forensic Research” that is scheduled for Tuesday, February 17 (8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.). The program will showcase past presidents and other representatives from each of the Academy’s eleven sections. The speakers will share their vision for the future of forensic science in their respective disciplines, emphasizing hot leads from the laboratory, theoretical advances, and emerging technologies. The goal of this program is to envision where the forensic sciences will be a decade from now, the impact of these emerging advances on the law, and our place in it.

Our Scientific Sessions will include 24 unique and compelling presentations that shall begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 19, and run through 5:30 p.m. in the evening.

During our section luncheon, AAFS Fellow Mark Pollitt will discuss the Organization of Scientific Advisory Committees (OSAC). Five years ago, the National Academy of Science said that the forensic science community was not fulfilling its potential to the criminal justice community. In response, the Federal government created two organizations: National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) which is under the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Organization of Scientific Advisory Committees (OSAC) which is under the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The initial charter for both organizations included most forensic disciplines, but excluded digital evidence. The reasoning was that it was too complex, too dynamic, and too new. Dr. Pollitt, along with many others from a number of the sections of the Academy, spent a good part of the last year working to get digital evidence recognized by the NCFS and OSAC. This fall, the U.S. Attorney General modified the charters of both organizations to include digital evidence. NIST quickly responded and appointed a number of members of our section to the OSAC IT and Multimedia Scientific Advisory Committee, including Dr. Pollitt. The IT and Multimedia SAC, chaired by DMS Fellow Richard Vorder Bruegge will have an additional subcommittee for Digital Evidence. It is expected that the DMS will be further represented on this subcommittee.

The DMS wishes to thank everyone in the Academy and the digital evidence community who supported this positive development in the history of forensic science and digital forensics in particular.