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Supporting (Little) Women in Tech

Ada Lovelace, a gifted mathematician, is considered to have written instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s. Ada Lovelace’s contributions to the field of computer science were not discovered until the 1950s. Her notes were reintroduced to the world by B.V. Bowden, who republished them in Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines in 1953. Since then, Ada has received many posthumous honors for her work. In 1980, the U.S. Department of Defense named a newly developed computer language “Ada,” after Lovelace.

Read her full biography here https://www.biography.com/people/ada-lovelace-20825323

In 1946 six brilliant young women programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, a project run by the U.S. Army in Philadelphia as part of a secret World War II project. They learned to program without programming languages or tools (for none existed)—only logical diagrams. By the time they were finished, ENIAC ran a ballistics trajectory—a differential calculus equation—in seconds! Yet when the ENIAC was unveiled to the press and the public in 1946, the women were never introduced; they remained invisible.

For more info read here: http://eniacprogrammers.org/

Yet, according to research, women make up a very small percentage of today’s software developers and leaders in the tech sector.

To help raise awareness of the low number of females in this industry and to encourage more women, starting at a young age, to enter the tech world, Amped Software is supporting a local project entitled “Piccole Donne del Coding” (Little Women of Code) to teach very young women, from age 5-7, to develop skills in computational thinking, using logic to solve problems unplugged – without the use of a computer, but through play and creative activities.

You never know – one or more of these little women may one day be a future Ampedeer!

For more info about the project visit: https://www.thecodingbox.com/piccole-donne-del-coding

Learn about the Science of Processing the Digital Crime Scene at IACP Tech Conference

Law enforcement professionals face the rising tide of technological innovation every day. Law enforcement executives must consider the benefits new devices, software, or protocols may have for their agency; IT managers must evaluate their network’s ability to withstand cyber-attacks in the wake of threats; Crime analysts and investigators depend on their agency’s capacity to recover and process expanding mounds of digital evidence.

The 2018 IACP Technology Conference held on May 21-23 in Providence, Rhode Island will address this broad array of issues in one location, providing law enforcement executives, IT managers, crime analysts, investigators, patrol officers, and local CIOs and CTOs with training, professional development, and a forum to share best practices and lessons learned on current and emerging technologies.

This year’s theme Technology, Transparency, and Transformation, focuses on how the law enforcement profession is utilizing technology to enhance services and communication and to transform agencies and communities.

Jim Hoerricks, PhD, Amped’s Director of Support and Training for North America, will present a workshop entitled: Proprietary Video Files – The Science of Processing the Digital Crime Scene, where he explores the digital crime scene, and its problems and proposed solutions with an emphasis on a scientific workflow and the eventual testimonial experience.

When: May 22, 11:00 – 12:00, Where: Tech Talk Theatre, Exhibit Hall C & D

Don’t miss it!

For more info about the event and to register click here: http://www.theiacp.org/Tech-conference

Have a drink with Amped at the Pint of Science event in Trieste, Italy!

Pint of Science is a global science festival that brings scientists to local bars to discuss their latest research and discoveries over a drink or two. The festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest scientific research in an accessible format to the public – mainly across bars and pubs. This is the perfect opportunity for the public to meet scientists and ask questions.

Where and when?

The main festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May and simultaneously in hundreds of venues across the world. Each country holds their main events on the same days, bringing the scientific community together.

There are thousands of events in 300 cities around the world including Amped Software’s beautiful home city, Trieste! This year’s events will take place from 14-16 May.

Amped has been invited to have a talk over a beer (or a glass of wine, or the local spritz) on May 16 at the TNT PUB in via della Ginnastica 46, Trieste, Italy.

Martino Jerian, Amped’s CEO and Founder, is scheduled to talk at 20:00 on how Amped Software’s scientific research provides customers with innovative and science-based software solutions for forensic image and video analysis.

Why not come and have a drink with us?

For more info:
https://pintofscience.it/event/elementare-watson-e-grafene
https://pintofscience.it/events/trieste 
https://www.facebook.com/pintofscienceitaly/

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Join us at the International Police Expo in New Delhi, India

From May 10 – 11, 2018 Amped will at the at the International Police Expo in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. You can find us at Booth B17/B18, together with our India partner, Forensics Guru.

International Police Expo is an interactive platform where police representatives from different nations meet to gather and exchange knowledge and worldviews as well as learn about new technologies and solutions. The Expo showcases the latest equipment and technologies for Defense, Homeland and Internal Security, Policing, Surveillance, Communication, Forensics, and more. The conference theme for this year is: “The Challenges in Combating Transnational Crimes and Terrorism”.

On Thursday, May 10, from 12-12:30 pm, in Hall 7ABC, Amped’s CEO and Founder, Martino Jerian, will present a keynote presentation on best practices for analyzing, enhancing and authenticating digital image and video evidence using software solutions that have become the standard worldwide.

Stop by our booth to say hello and learn more about our technology!

For information, visit http://internationalpoliceexpo.com/

Learn to accurately determine measurements from CCTV at the OFVAA Annual Training Event

The Ontario Forensic Video Analysts’ Association (OFVAA) is holding its 6th Annual Training Event from April 30 – May 4, 2018, at the DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

The full week of training will focus on “Forensic Still Image Photogrammetry” and will cover a range of topics around height analysis from surveillance video and still images with practical hands-on training by field experts including Amped Software’s David Spreadborough. Students will perform and validate scientific height analysis using multiple methods including Reverse Projection, Laser Scanning, Computer Image Creation, and also Measure 3d in Amped FIVE.

This event provides a unique opportunity to use all these techniques to identify each one’s ideal use scenario, in order for officers and analysts to use the right technique in the right scenario, cutting costs and time.

For more information visit: http://www.ofvaa.com/training

Learn about the Forensic Video Analysis Workflow at Digital Experience Belgium

On Wednesday, April 25, Amped Software will be at Digital Experience Belgium held at the Van der Valk Hotel Beveren.

Digital Experience Belgium, organized by our partner DataExpert, is a one-day event for crime and fraud investigation specialists in Belgium. Digital Investigators, their Managers, and Crime Analysts from government departments and businesses are expected to attend this event. Workshops have been scheduled and topics range from CCTV Video and Image Analysis to Mobile Phone Forensics and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).

David Spreadborough, Amped Software’s International Trainer, will present a workshop entitled The Forensic Video Analysis Workflow, scheduled from 15:15 – 16:00.  In this session, David will walk you through the FVA Workflow. From exhibit to conclusion, presentation and report, he will highlight how Amped FIVE has changed the way CCTV and video analysis is conducted by providing a complete toolset in a simple and clean application. Amped FIVE (Forensic Image and Video Enhancement) is a single application for the processing, analysis, restoration, enhancement, presentation, and reporting of CCTV, video and image files used in investigations. Utilizing a science-based workflow, each filter is documented and peer-reviewed to ensure complete compliance with local regulations ensuring accuracy, repeatability, and reproducibility.

For more info and to register for the event, click here.

See you soon!

There’s More to an Image than Meets the Eye

When using an image as evidence during a court case, the point of view it represents acquires a resonance much stronger than the testimony of a witness. With video, this is even more true, as we may understand the dynamics even from the frames and any additional information which may be gleaned from the audio track.

Nowadays, there are many free and easy tools which can be used to modify pictures with ease, and thus the authentication of images is of paramount importance. But even more importantly, we need to understand how much data there is in an image, in addition to what we can already see.

Read the full article published in Lawyer Monthly.

Come Meet Us in Florence and Bern!

We are on the road again next week to go meet customers, partners, and friends. Come see us in Bern, Switzerland at the IT Forensic Investigator Conference, and in Florence, Italy at the DFRWS EU Conference. We also have a workshop at each event, so don’t miss those! Read below for details on each event.


IT Forensic Investigator Conference

When: March 21, 2018

Where: Stade de Suisse, Papiermühlestrasse 71,3014 Bern, Switzerland

Why: This event is organized by the Swiss Federal Police and Arina AG for all government IT-Forensic Investigators in Switzerland.

Workshop: 

The Proper Use of Images and Videos as Evidence

Presenter: Stefano Bianchi

March 21, 14:15 – 15:00, Raum 3 Sky Lounge vorne (4. OG)

Photos and videos have always been valuable sources of evidence. Images from CCTV, body-worn cameras, dash cams and mobile devices can now be easily acquired and enhanced, but also manipulated. This can lead to breaks in the chain of custody or questions surrounding the admissibility. Relying on tools that follow a scientific methodology ensures the integrity of the digital evidence through the use of forensic workflows starting from the acquisition, to the restoration, enhancement, and the writing of the report for use in the courtroom. During this workshop, you will learn about some of these workflows, using Amped FIVE, a software for forensic image and video enhancement, identifying their compatibility within the image and video forensic community.


 DFRWS EU 2018

When: March 21-23, 2018

Where: Convito Della Calza – Oltrarno Meeting Center, Florence, Italy

Why: Amped Software is a proud sponsor of this event that fosters transdisciplinary approaches to address emerging challenges in digital forensics by bringing together innovative researchers, developers, and practitioners from around the globe.

Workshop

Image and Video Forensics: Enhancement and Analysis

Presenter: Martino Jerian (Amped Software) and Sebastiano Battiato (University of Catania)

March 21, 21:30 – 12:30, Room B

Video analysis is one of the most fascinating fields of digital and media forensics, but there’s much more to it than simply enhancing a picture. This workshop will introduce the attendees to the field of forensic image and video analysis and will provide a summary of all the steps needed to get evidence out of the source (typically a digital video recorder or a digital camera), extract parts of interest, properly enhance them, take measurements, and prepare the results for presentation in the courtroom. The attendees of the workshop will learn how to enhance and analyze images with the software Amped FIVE, using it on some practical cases. The argument of image authenticity will be briefly introduced at the end of the session with a few practical examples with the software Amped Authenticate. Requirements: Attendees of the workshop must bring their own computers for the hands-on practical exercises. A Windows system, either native or virtualized, must be available. The instructors will provide fully functional versions of the software and casework examples on USB drives.

Digital images – trust must be earned

The science behind forensic image analysis is growing fast and constantly evolving. Even within the last 5 years, the ability to take a photo, manipulate it to tell a different story, and circulate the misinformation online has become infinitely easier. The advent of smartphones, convenient digital image manipulation software and easy dissemination of information are throwing up new challenges that investigators and forensic technicians must adapt to.

Unfortunately, it is too risky to simply take digital images at face value. Instead, we must ask and have the tools to query, such as “Where did the image or video originate from?”; “Who provided it and is there any reason they might have modified it?”; “Is it a camera-original?”; and “Do I believe this is a true and accurate representation of events?”

To give a practical example, back in the summer of 2017, two images featured prominently in the initial reporting of Hurricane Harvey. The first was of a shark swimming along the Houston freeway. The second showed several aeroplanes virtually underwater at what was claimed to be Houston airport. These iconic images were circulated widely on Twitter and were featured on mainstream national media such as Fox News. There was just one small problem. Neither situation had actually occurred!

If this behaviour is widespread on social and traditional media, then why shouldn’t we believe it is also impacting police and legal investigations? After all, if members of the public are prepared to manipulate images for the sake of a few likes and retweets, what will they be prepared to resort to when the stakes are much higher?

Read the full article published in eForensics Magazine.