It was good to see that in England and Wales Forensic Science is attracting more attention of government and that now steps are made to improve the system. Also the realization that we have to move from the lab to the crime scene with new mobile techniques to have "real time" results, will lead to changes in the system. However quality assurance remains vital in these new developments, and we see much progress is made with new standards.
Last month at the AAFS (American Academy of Forensic Sciences) it was good to see that the OSACs and the efforts on improving the quality of forensic science will be visible in new standards. Also the AAFS is a SDO for groups that were not handled by others. And moreover the standard will be freely available. During this meeting it was also good to see that the Brazilian Academy of Forensic Science, is now an affiliate member academy.
In the EU IAI meeting were I was at the Board of Directors meeting in Brussels, new developments were also seen. The meeting in October of the IAI at Interpol in Lyon will be very nice, and we will also handle digital evidence, face comparison and of course fingerprints during this fingerprints. The webinars also appear to be a great success.
Also at the NFI, I had followed a very nice course by Reinoud Stoel on context effects, which are really applicable in practice. So we try to prevent the context effects within our cases, and although it might take more time, it also is expected to improve the quality of our forensic examinations.
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. He is also R&D coordinator at the Digital and Biometrics department as well as program manager big data and cyber forensics. 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.