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The FEE conference is free-to-attend for all visitors, spanning FEE's four key pillars providing the latest insights on developments in the forensics industry. Take a look at the conference agenda below which addresses the 2021 theme across three days.


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11:00
  1. 20 mins
    • Forensics 2025: Where we need to be
    Forensic work develops on many levels: precision and care to collect and define each speck of evidence. Responsibility and professionalism needed to ensure the reflection of the truth, in order to assure the best possible understanding of past criminal scenarios. Hours and resources to grasp the potential of a finding. The expectations of all parties involved: victims and those tasked with judging a criminal case. The forensic specialist’s final report bears the responsibility of all these needs. This the basis of an extended project based on years of research, discussion with a wide array of law enforcement and academic specialists worldwide. Research and development of technology designed and developed in aiding the forensics specialist in organizing the evidence, research, and results in the most professional, clear, and understandable way possible. A new approach to performing the delicate job of the forensics investigator. We will share past experiences in mobile and digital forensics from the field to the lab, and finally in front of judge and jury, presenting the launch of software designed to aid in the creation of professional reports in line with International Best Practices.
11:20
  1. 20 mins
    • Forensics 2025: Where we need to be

    Video and image technicians and analysts from around the world must answer hundreds of different questions and complete hundreds of different tasks every day. Amped FIVE was designed with these unique challenges in mind, with a unique science-based tool and filter set, including many new functions for effectively presenting your evidence in court.

    Using case examples, this presentation will highlight how Amped FIVE has quickly become the one single application for converting, analysis, interpretation, restoration, enhancement, annotation, redaction and presentation within the field of forensic image and video.  

11:40
  1. 20 mins
    • Forensics 2025: Where we need to be

    Traditional collection methods are limited, creating backlog and potentially jeopardizing access to time-sensitive data. This session will demonstrate modern approaches to digital forensics that enable you to achieve same day results (often within hours) and extract more data from locked and encrypted mobile devices. We will also explore same-day AFU (After First Unlock) extractions and how they compare to traditional logical acquisitions. Attendees will learn how to:


    ·     Achieve same day results through proper handling of electronic evidence.
    ·     Extract encrypted and inaccessible data from mobile devices.
    ·     Solve more crimes in less time while maintaining complete chain of custody

12:00
  1. 20 mins
    • Forensics 2025: Where we need to be

    One of the main challenges for forensic professionals today is how to quicker process growing digital evidence, which is rapidly doubling, both in size and complexity. The evidence is usually spread out on multiple devices and require highly technical investigators to extract, process and review the data. Additionally, there are many features to investigations which require 'front line insight'. To solve this, Exterro is now enabling more reviewers, examiners, and investigators to work together to find evidence faster and produce results quickly, with focused, workflow specific training by presenting Exterro FTK Central™. 

    In this presentation you will learn how to: 

    - Collaborate with the entire investigation, from the Imaging Technician to the Prosecutors and Legal Team. 
    - Reduce backlogs quickly with focused training for non-technical forensic reviewers
     - Allow authorised outside reviewers to safely view forensic data outside the lab. 
     

12:20
  1. Lunch
    70 mins
    • Forensics 2025: Where we need to be
13:30
  1. 60 mins
    • Forensics 2025: Where we need to be

    The Keynote Panel on Day 1 of the 2021 FEE Conference will focus on current global issues in the structure of forensic science and its role within the criminal justice system, including financial and physical resources, as well as people and skills. Day 1 will also address the progress that has been made in recent years and offer policy and strategy recommendations to help forensic science providers advance their working practices and capabilities, covering 3 key questions:

    • How do we validate new and existing methods to demonstrate their effectiveness to the police, courts, and public?
    • How do we better allocate existing resources to improve forensic service performance?
    • How do we gain resources and shift platforms to be better positioned for new service demands and disruptions?
14:30
  1. Break
    30 mins
    • Forensics 2025: Where we need to be
15:00
  1. 20 mins
    • Forensics 2025: Where we need to be

    This presentation will introduce, a powerful law enforcement and forensic investigative technology called Intentional Firearm Microstamping (IFM).  Once embedded and deployed into firearms and light weapons, IFM will provide data for identifying and tracking the sources of illegally trafficked firearms throughout the world.  Intentional Firearm Microstamping is a micro code technology that leverages a micromachining process to form optimally located, microscopic “intentional structures and markings” on components within a firearm. Thus, when the firearm is fired, these IFM structures transfer an identifying tracking code onto the expended cartridge that is ejected from the firearm.  Intentional Firearm Microstamped structures are alpha numeric and encoded geometric tracking numbers, linked to the serial number of the firearm.

    IFM codes can be extracted quickly and used without the need to recover the firearm.  Furthermore, through the process of extraction, IFM codes can be quantitatively verified to a higher level of certainty as compared to traditional forensic matching techniques.  IFM provides critical intelligence capable of identifying straw purchasers, trafficking routes and networks across international borders and can be applied to military stockpiled firearms.  This paper will outline IFM applications for supporting intelligence led policing initiatives.

     

15:20
  1. 20 mins
    • Harnessing emerging technologies

    Over the last year there have been numerous reports highlighting the spike in online exploitation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today it's possible to access illegal child sexual abuse imagery and videos via leading search engines, with no more than simple search terms and three clicks. With such a rise in online harmful content, it has become increasingly important to have the ability to find evidence of child abuse on suspect's computers and devices as quickly as possible.We will explore Cyan Forensics' range of tools which can find evidence in just minutes, replacing processes that take weeks or months in a forensics lab.


    Working closely to help law enforcement catch paedophiles and terrorists, Cyan Forensics delivers tools that place the investigative capability of cutting-edge digital forensic science into the hands of frontline police. Our technology has applications on-scene, in digital forensics labs and during the offender management process. Cyan's tools are proven on-the-ground within the UK and international law enforcement. The presentation will provide information about the technology and how it is already helping law enforcement in the UK and internationally.


    The pandemic has increased cases of online exploitation and has shed a light on the terrible impact harmful online content has on its victims. Supporting law enforcement, social media and cloud companies find and block harmful content quickly, reliably and using scalable technology has never been more important. Cyan's rapid digital triage tools can streamline digital forensics processes and investigations.

15:40
  1. 20 mins
    • Harnessing emerging technologies

    Nearly every industry is rapidly adopting Artificial Intelligence to improve services and analytics. Forensic Science and Crime Scenes will be no exception. As technology incorporates these tools, workflows and methodologies will change, ideally for the better. This presentation will discuss what AI is and how it will impact forensic science and crime scene response. 

16:00
  1. End of Day 1
    0 mins
    • Forensics 2025: Where we need to be
11:00
  1. 20 mins

    During this session, we will present our range of Field Services Solutions and address the following topics:

    • How do I make informed decisions with actionable data?

    • How do I help victims without further victimizing them?  

    • How do I verify the version of events expeditiously?

    • How do I protect the public whilst maintaining the trust of the community?

11:20
  1. 20 mins
    • Harnessing emerging technologies
    Streamline your workflow using Image Categorization to identify and categorize graphic types.  Expand potential evidence sources by extracting readable language characters from graphic files and using them to search.  Use Facial Categorization to match like faces from template graphics of given devices.  All of these features utilize x64 hardware resources and can be performed during initial import.  Combined, they can reduce workload, increase evidence discovery and allow the investigator more eyes on subjective data.
11:40
  1. 20 mins
    • Harnessing emerging technologies
    It is not new to the Digital Forensics field that Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques are applied to support several activities in the investigation process. However, the techniques being applied ...
12:00
  1. 20 mins
    • Harnessing emerging technologies

    Street level smartphone extraction to support incident management

    Today’s digital forensic labs are already struggling with the volume and hiring more experts doesn’t solve the problem, it merely delays the overwhelm. The first generation of Frontline Forensic tools using Kiosks has proven tremendously successful for fast, efficient, and forensically secure handling of mobile devices at the local police station level. Using specialist distributed equipment for immediate extraction of mobile devices drastically reduces backlogs within the central labs, giving them time to focus on the more demanding locked and secured devices.

    But sometimes even taking a device back to the nearest police station won’t meet the urgency of operational policing demands. Victims and witnesses in the street may not be keen to give up their mobile devices if it means they are without their phones for hours or days for forensic examination. Given that Policing depends on the cooperation and support of the public, something new is needed. To meet this demand there are now options for extracting witness and victim devices at street level on the fly, in order to provide vital intelligence or evidence for major incidents. It’s now possible to equip every patrol officer with the technology in a user-friendly app to easy and securely capture the evidence and feed that into the vast ecosystem of MSAB’s mobile forensics tools like XRY and XAMN to deliver cost efficient, court proven, forensic evidence.

    Data in minutes, not hours. Meet Raven.

     

     

12:20
  1. Lunch
    70 mins
    • Harnessing emerging technologies
13:30
  1. 60 mins
    • Harnessing emerging technologies

    The Keynote Panel on Day 2 will address some of the key emerging technologies that are most influencing the development of the forensic sciences. Most notably, this session will address the impact of AI and Machine Learning, including the opportunites and challenges they offer, with a focus on deepfakes and deepfake detection. Our expert panellists will address how forensic science providers can most effectively approach and integrate these technologies for use within the criminal justice system, whilst upholding the stringent processes that underpin the contribution of forensics to criminal justice.

    The Director of Research and Innovation at the National Forensic Science Technology Centre, Gerry LaPorte, will lead this discussion to cover several topics that will be key to the effective understanding and application of these emerging technologies:

    • Sustained research efforts to strengthen the foundations for forensic science methods
    • Leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms for the forensic sciences
    • Potential issues of emerging technologies for law enforecment and criminal justice
    • Continued investments in new and novel technologies
14:30
  1. Break
    30 mins
    • Harnessing emerging technologies
15:00
  1. 20 mins
    • Harnessing emerging technologies
    Within the framework of the EU-funded projects MINDB4ACT (H2020) and JSAFE (DGJUST), the Italian Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with the Foundation Agenfor International, established the Forensic Laboratory ELPEF in the Prison of Padova, which has now been adopted by the National Investigation Department of the Prison Police (PolPen) and transferred to Rome.
    In this session will present one component of the ELPEF - the new Virtual Reality Simulator, built to train police forces on the digital and mobile forensics tools used in the laboratory, using highly innovative learning solutions in VR and serious gaming.
    The module we would like to present reproduces a virtual prison scenario, where the penitentiary police staff can search for evidence of radicalisation and terrorism. Moreover, the investigators are required to identify sources of digital data available in prison for investigations, including micro mobile phones illegally smuggled in and learn step by step how to differentiate preventive indicators connected to radicalisation from investigative evidence and apply the procedures to maintain the integrity of the forensic chain for the prosecutor office.

    OUR TECHNOLOGY
    The module on mobile forensic extraction is developed within a Multi-Player Virtual Reality System (MP), which allows a high level of human interaction. In fact, the MP Platform allows the participants to take part in the course module from different geographical locations and it hosts trainees and participants worldwide within virtual rooms, which can be adjusted to respond to the users' needs. This technology allows a fully interactive virtual experience, in which users can communicate and talk to each other, but also fully interact by taking and moving objects, completing exercises and competing against each other for the highest score, all within common virtual environments in a deeply connected and human-based surroundings. The MP Platform component is used in combination with serious gaming solutions. Serious gaming in this context is used to increase the focus and the capacity of the trainees by enhancing their involvement and their engagement and, at the same, time by increasing the enjoyment of the learning process.

    METHODOLOGY
    Participants are asked to move around in a prison cell, looking for a hidden mobile device, within a given timeframe.
    As soon as they find the hidden mobile device, participants will follow each step of the forensic chain, in order to extract data from the device, and complete different interactive games in order to acquire knowledge and understanding of the forensic chain.
    This product makes use of serious gaming applied in order to enhance the geographical reach, learning outcomes, and participant enjoyment of the training.
15:20
  1. 20 mins
    • Harnessing emerging technologies

    Using artificial intelligence to protect users on the human-computer interaction level provides multiple benefits, including high effectiveness, independence of applications, and application programming interfaces, support for different media types, etc. Within the (H2020/NGI Trust funded) CASPER project, researchers and developers created a modular architecture for local or distributed data processing (content classification). One of the most significant challenges in distributed processing was preserving users' privacy. On the other hand, anonymization of the data opens new possibilities for alarming relevant authorities and proactive/reactive digital forensics.

15:40
  1. 20 mins
    • Harnessing emerging technologies

    As the number and variety of threats on the Internet is increasing every year, parents nowadays very often decide to protect their children by providing them with specially designed applications for this purpose. Although, these Children Online Protection Applications traditionally used filtering of non-appropriate URLs, recently Artificial Intelligence (AI) approach become popular, that resulted in the different aspects which must be considered in order to achieve Digital Forensics Readiness.

    It is not enough to only recognize criminal activities and save artifacts in the forensically sound manner, but also Trustworthy AI principles must be incorporated. The artifacts collected directly by Children Online Protection AI-based Applications will be valuable only if these applications are resilient to cyber-attacks, provide explanations for their decisions, as well as enable the way in which the whole process could be traced and audited, while at the same time do not endanger children’s fundamental rights, rights for privacy, nor other legally binding acts. This presentation will discuss these important principles in the design of AI-based Applications for Children Protection on the Internet and offer new directions on how they can be achieved.

16:00
  1. End of Day 2
    0 mins
    • Harnessing emerging technologies
11:00
  1. 20 mins
    • Collaboration across borders and disciplines

    During the pandemic period, training activities did not stop. In Italy, UniBioFor, the Association of Italian Forensic Biologists, has produced a specific training offer for the specialized forensic biology survey in accordance with the standards of ISO 17.04:2012. This training activity, lasting 50 hours, has been designed in two parts: a theoretical and a practical one. The theoretical part has been delivered exclusively via online platform (for a total of 32 hours of lessons). The practical part is instead in presence. In this part the trainees will first have practical representation of the specialized operations of the forensic biologist in inspection activities and then they will perform these activities under the supervision of teachers. The final exam, also online, will be based on a multiple-choice test, an oral interview and the presentation of the specialist inspection reporting file in forensic biology to be produced by the students. The teachers of the course are highly qualified professionals with many years of academic and investigative experience (the Director of the Course is Dr. Paola Montagna, Ph.D. former Director of the Forensic Genetics section of the Italian Scientific Police; the other teachers are Dr. Eugenio D'Orio, Expert in Forensic Biology of the Italian Judicial Authority, teacher at the specialization course in "forensic genetics" of the University of Naples and Director of the Bio Forensics Research Center and Dr. Francesco De Fina, member of the UniBioFor Board, with Master of II in Forensic Genetics and currently operator of the Italian Scientific Police).


    The course has shown a double novelty: the first in the mode of delivery, online for 70%, and the second in the ultra-specialized topic treated.


    The students who will achieve the course, continuing with their training, will be able to obtain certification of skills on the "specialized survey of forensic biology", an internationally valid document as issued by a third party recognized by Accredia.

11:20
  1. 20 mins
    • Collaboration across borders and disciplines

    This talk will demonstrate how different mathematical tools can be applied to real crimes datasets in order to extract patterns and knowledge from them. Different operators and mechanisms have been implemented in the software called: Business Intelligence Multi-Adjoint System (BintelMas), which employs its own inference engine and it is composed of three main modules: preprocessing, selection and context operations. For example, this talk will include the study on a real data set of the criminal incidence in the city of Bilbao, Spain, and the analysis on human behavior characterization for driving identification in vehicle system to be applied for instance to anti-theft.

11:40
  1. 20 mins
    • Forensics 2025: Where we need to be

    Maritime transport, to date, covers 80% of world commercial traffic, for an amount of various trillions of dollars.


    Modern ships are a concentration of digital technology that pervades in each ship-sector. In fact, today a ship represents:
    - a network node (internet);
    - a set of IT systems (which provide access to information and digital content);
    - a concentration of OT systems (which control and monitor the execution of processes in Physics such as propulsion control systems).


    Digital technologies play a key role for maritime transport, and considering the huge economy that revolves around the naval world there is no wonder if hostile actors show particular attention to the Naval systems.


    In recent years there has been an exponential growth of computer attacks to naval infrastructures, aimed at data theft or damage to the systems, and the Companies often are not ready to face such challenges and totally ignore the basics of Digital Forensics.


    In this presentation will aimed at making an overview of Cyber Security in the naval sector, focusing on how important is digital forensics in this area, in the light of the new sector regulations.


    It will illustrate the critical IT and OT systems where today the AI could provide a considerable contribution.

12:00
  1. 20 mins
    • Collaboration across borders and disciplines

    Logic is often used to model the reasoning process of agents. In this paper, we discuss social aspects of such systems, considering in particular, Multi-Agent Systems representing criminal organizations. The focus is on modeling via a novel epistemic logic (aspects of) the group dynamics of such organizations, considered as groups of cooperative agents.

    Methods to reason in logical terms about the possible objectives, plans and organization of such groups can be inspired by the Theory of Mind, which is the branch of cognitive science that investigates how we ascribe mental states to other persons and how we use the elicited states to explain and predict  the actions of other persons and groups. We try in fact to formalize aspects of the Theory of Mind in our logic within this presentation.

12:20
  1. Lunch
    70 mins
    • Collaboration across borders and disciplines
13:30
  1. 60 mins
    • Collaboration across borders and disciplines

    The influence of COVID-19 on forensic science providers and practioners will form the basis of the final Keynote Panel on Day 3, featuring perspectives from leading experts from across the globe. This session will dive into the hitherto unseen international and inter-disciplinary collaboration in response to the pandemic, and contribution of the forensics sciences, and the lessons learned over the past 18 months, including:

    • Improvements in online training and what this means for accelerating global forensic science skills development
    • More frequent and sustained digital engagement leading to faster turnaround times in research and investigations
    • The long-term effects of the pandemic, what this could mean for funding and research, and how to adapt

    This session will be led by the Director of the National Forensic Science Technology Centre, Kevin Lothridge.

14:30
  1. End of Conference
    0 mins
    • Collaboration across borders and disciplines

 

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