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In episode five, Just Science interviews Matt Ruddell from Florida International University about their efforts to develop forensic education and training programs at FIU.

The National Forensic Science Technology Center at Florida International University offers a variety of courses, consulting, and training geared toward forensic scientists. Matt Ruddell and the rest of the faculty at FIU are working to develop accessible programs for law enforcement, military personnel, and now – undergraduate students. Listen along as he discusses the development of digital forensics courses and his experience in the university system in this episode of Just Science.

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Guest Bio

Matt Ruddell is a member of the National Forensic Science Technology Center, a program at FIU, specializing in Digital Forensic course development and delivery. He spent fifteen years working for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the crime laboratory, twelve of those in the Digital Forensics section. He received his Masters of Science in Digital Forensics from the University of Central Florida while working full time in the crime lab. During his time working in the lab, Matt has worked over one thousand cases involving a variety of crimes including death investigations, sexual assault, drug cases, a variety of different types of fraud, money laundering, prostitution, hacking and lots of child exploitation cases. Matt has analyzed and extracted data from almost any device you can imagine including computer and laptop hard drives, cell phones and GPS devices, gaming consoles, surveillance system DVRs, and even spy cameras and credit card skimming devices. Matt helped develop and implement the advanced mobile device techniques allowing the extraction of data from previously inaccessible mobile devices. He was one of the chief architects of the policies and procedures used statewide and testified several times as an expert witness in state, federal, and military court proceedings. Matt has worked as a course developer and instructor for a defense contractor, and developed and teaches the capstone course for the Cyber Criminology major at Florida State University. His emphasis is taking his real world practical knowledge and transferring that into classroom training exercises, so that students are better prepared for what is actually out there. 


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FIU ECE Forensics

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In episode four, Just Science interviews Paul Reedy, Owner of 4th Street Global, a digital forensics and cyber security consulting firm, about data stories and the future of digital evidence.  

Rapidly changing technology can complicate the analysis of digital evidence. As such, it is imperative that researchers and investigators work to stay on the cutting edge of the digital world. Paul Reedy believes that being proactive when it comes to the development of new digital evidence technologies will help investigators keep up with criminals. Listen along as he discusses tool validation, data stories, and the ever-evolving landscape of digital evidence in this episode of Just Science. 

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Paul Reedy is an international change agent with results achieved through innovation and collaborative partnerships. Mr. Reedy is an Australian forensic scientist who commenced as a drug analyst and toxicologist in Australia’s capital. In 2002, after working in science and innovation policy, Mr. Reedy commenced with the Australian Federal Police, less than four weeks after the first Bali bombs exploded, to lead the Computer Forensic Team (CFT). This was the beginning of a transformational period for the AFP as Australia met the rapidly emerging challenge of international terrorism. He later went on to manage the whole of the AFP’s forensic capabilities. The CFT, and forensic science more broadly, were fundamental to the AFP’s ability to meet these challenges, particularly the growth in digital evidence which required innovative organisational responses. International engagement and sharing of forensic knowledge were critical aspects of the AFP’s mission. In 2013, Mr. Reedy and his family moved to Washington DC to be part of the DC Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) which reflected a new approach to forensic science for the United States. He is a member of the Organising Committee for triennial INTERPOL International Forensic Science Managers Symposium and author of the symposium’s review of digital evidence. Mr. Reedy recently moved to the private sector


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Podcast Episode: Just the Evolution of Digital Evidence

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In episode three, Just Science interviews Martin Novak, a Computer Scientist with the National Institute of Justice, about digital evidence in the United States Court of Appeals. 

Digital evidence has the capacity to identify suspects, win acquittals, and obtain convictions. Whether through cars, smart homes, cell phones, personal computers, or a myriad of other devices, analysts are able to collect a staggering amount of data during the investigation of a crime. Martin Novak is currently studying the application of digital evidence in the courtroom. Listen along as he discusses case studies, his current research goals, and the role of digital evidence in the Court of Appeals in this episode of Just Science. 

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Martin Novak is a Senior Computer Scientist with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).  Since 2004, he has managed NIJ’s Digital and Multimedia Evidence Research and Development Portfolio.  His research interests are science and the law, developing solutions for technology-facilitated abuse, and research on digital evidence collected from dark net investigations.  Martin has a Master’s in Public Administration from George Mason University. 


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Digital Forensics: An Overview for the Laboratory Manager Webinar

Podcast Episode: Just a Public Defender’s Perspective

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In episode two, Just Science interviews Nicolas Hughes, assistant public defender with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office in Houston, TX, about the validation of tools utilized by digital forensics laboratories. 

Many forensic laboratories face overwhelming caseloads; digital forensic labs are no exception. The diversity and complexity of devices that can be used as digital evidence continues to be a dynamic problem. From malware scanners to cell phones to smart homes, digital evidence can be a pivotal piece of the puzzle when investigating crimes. Nicolas Hughes is uniquely poised to drive better practices within the digital forensic discipline. He blends his background in computer engineering and law to better understand problems of inaccuracy and misinterpretation.  Listen along as he discusses digital security, the value of a skilled technician, and the validation of digital forensics tools in this episode of Just Science. 

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Nicolas Hughes works as an assistant public defender with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office, where he focuses on forensic issues in criminal cases. In his daily role, Nicolas uses raw data, academic and industry research, and in-depth analysis of laboratory methodologies in order to defend his clients. In addition to his work as an assistant public defender, Nicolas is finishing a master’s degree in digital forensics. Nicolas’s primary research interests involve metrology and validation within the field of digital forensics. Nicolas is currently creating and improving a tool to help better evaluate and understand the limitations of malware scanners used by digital forensic examiners during routine analysis of digital evidence. 


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Digital Forensics: An Overview for the Laboratory Manager Webinar

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While the realm of digital evidence is still relatively new, it requires validation and testing like all forensic disciplines. Digital evidence is a dynamic discipline that can often provide greater insight into the investigation of a crime or the defense of the alleged perpetrator. In this season of Just Science, we will be covering the history and interpretation of digital evidence, emerging technologies used in investigation and as evidence, and the validation of digital forensic tools. 

In episode one, Just Science interviews Paul Reedy, owner of 4th Street Global, a digital evidence consulting firm, about the history and evolution of digital evidence. 

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Guest Bio

Paul Reedy is an international change agent with results achieved through innovation and collaborative partnerships. Mr. Reedy is an Australian forensic scientist who commenced as a drug analyst and toxicologist in Australia’s capital.

In 2002, after working in science and innovation policy, Mr. Reedy commenced with the Australian Federal Police, less than four weeks after the first Bali bombs exploded, to lead the Computer Forensic Team (CFT). This was the beginning of a transformational period for the AFP as Australia met the rapidly emerging challenge of international terrorism.

He later went on to manage the whole of the AFP’s forensic capabilities. The CFT, and forensic science more broadly, were fundamental to the AFP’s ability to meet these challenges, particularly the growth in digital evidence which required innovative organisational responses. International engagement and sharing of forensic knowledge were critical aspects of the AFP’s mission.

In 2013, Mr. Reedy and his family moved to Washington DC to be part of the DC Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) which reflected a new approach to forensic science for the United States. He is a member of the Organising Committee for triennial INTERPOL International Forensic Science Managers Symposium and author of the symposium’s review of digital evidence. Mr. Reedy recently moved to the private sector


Additional Resources

4th Street Global

Digital Forensics: An Overview for the Laboratory Manager Webinar