Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Luncheon and Workshops Information

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Source:  Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Secretary

The 70th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting is only a little more than six weeks away, so please finalize your planning now. As our section has grown, so has the number of excellent abstract submissions for our Scientific Program and Workshops. Please be sure to include Friday, February 23rd in your schedule as the Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Program will run through Friday afternoon. For the first time, we are holding a joint session with the Engineering Sciences Section; this will be our closing session for the 2018 Scientific Program.

Join your fellow DMS Section members for our annual Section luncheon on Wednesday, February 21, 12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., immediately prior to our annual Section Business Meeting. You must pre-register to attend the luncheon. We are thrilled that DMS Fellow and Section founding member Alan Brill will be our speaker at the luncheon. Alan is Senior Managing Director in Kroll’s Cyber Security and Investigations practice. With more than 40 years of experience in dealing with computer evidence and what became known as “computer forensics,” Alan is one of the pioneer practitioners in the field. At the DMS luncheon, Alan will discuss the problems that DMS experts – particularly those new to the field – have in reporting on their work and serving as expert witnesses in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings. Alan is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He has been an instructor for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO’s) Center of Excellence for Defense Against Terrorism as a lead instructor and academic advisor in the Terrorist Use of Cyberspace course. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Texas A&M University School of Law and author/co-author of ten books and more than 100 publications.

As you start filling out your conference registration forms, please consider the following workshops, which are presentations by members of our section. The great news is that the scheduling of these workshops is such that none conflicts with any other, so you can attend all three!

Monday, February 19, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop #12:  Eric Zimmerman’s Open Source Forensic Tools Library (Pre-Registration Required). This workshop will be led by Eric Zimmerman, former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and now Senior Director in Kroll’s Cyber Security and Investigations practice. This workshop will highlight and demonstrate some of the more than 50 computer forensic utilities and response tools that Eric has developed and that are currently used by nearly 9,000 law enforcement officers in 82 countries. The tools are open source and are free. Workshop participants are encouraged to download and install the tools to follow along; they are available at

Tuesday, February 20, 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Workshop #16:  Forensic Image Processing (Pre-Registration Required). This workshop will cover the theory and implementation of forensic image processing by providing an introduction to forensic image processing concepts and application. Participants can bring laptop computers with open source image processing software already installed or they can contact the instructor for open source software recommendations. Prior knowledge of image processing is not required, so this workshop may be a good starting point for conference attendees from other disciplines as well as DMS Section members.

Tuesday, February 20, 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Workshop #24:  Think Tank on the Leading Edge of Forensic Science:  Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Big Data/Big Problems, National Security Globalization Into Protrusionism Privacy, Dirty Bombs, and Microbial Forensics (Pre-Registration Required). The presenters of this workshop will demonstrate how the rate of change in society provides new challenges for forensic science. The issues with investigation of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN), as well as driverless cars, drones, and the insights of cybercrimes and globalization with privacy issues, will be discussed.

A HUGE thank you to our Program Chair Mary Horvath and Co-Chair Doug White for their time and efforts in putting together what looks to be an outstanding Scientific Program for the 2018 conference. Thanks also to all members of the DMS Program Committee for your participation.

Happy Healthy New Year to everyone. See you in Seattle!