* Mobile Forensics World
* Purdue Cyber Forensics Lab

October 22, 2007

Purdue sponsoring conference on mobile forensics in Chicago

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The first Mobile Forensics World conference will bring together experts from around the world who specialize in digital device investigation to Chicago.

Purdue University's Cyber Forensics Lab, housed in the Department of Computer and Information Technology in the College of Technology, and CERIAS will sponsor the event that will be held May 8-10 at the O'Hare Marriott.

The conference is open to federal, state and local forensic specialists; corporate and private forensic examiners; industry leaders; and academic researchers, said Rick Mislan, an assistant professor of computer and information technology in Purdue's College of Technology and the conference director.

"Cell phones and other digital devices are ubiquitous in today's world, and nearly all crimes have a digital component to them," he said. "That's why it's so important that investigators and researchers stay on top of the latest techniques, trends and technology.

"Mobile Forensics World 2008 will bring together some of the world’s top experts in this area and will be an educational, productive and enlightening experience for all who attend."

Topics will include the forensic examination of mobile or portable devices such as cell phones, personal digital assistants, SmartPhones and GPS devices; media card and handset analysis; cell site analysis; call data record analysis; mobile forensics research; and current and future technologies and applications.

Speakers will include Richard Ayers, a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, who will discuss data acquisition techniques of mobile devices; Sam Brothers, a senior computer forensics analyst for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who will discuss how cell phone forensic tools work; Michael Harrington of the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit, who will discuss "hex dumps," or printouts of the computer memory of mobile phones; and Kevin Mansell, managing director of Control-F, a United Kingdom digital investigation firm, who specializes in mobile phone forensics and the safe and effective retrieval of digital evidence in criminal investigations.

Workshop planners also are seeking academic paper submissions. Papers are due March 1 and will be published in the June issue of Small Scale Digital Device Forensics Journal. Paper submission guidelines can be found at

Registration before March 1 is $250 and after March 1 is $300. To register, go to For more information about registration, contact Kim Stockment at Purdue Conferences at (765) 494-7225,

For additional information about the conference agenda, e-mail  or call Mislan at the Cyber Forensics Lab at (765) 494-2563.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Source: Rick Mislan, (765) 494-2563,

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