Call for Book Chapters: Computational Forensics

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Series in Studies in Computational Intelligence

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Methods, Applications and Challenges in Computer-Assisted Criminal Investigations

Due to increasing awareness of the importance of computer-based analysis in security applications and criminal investigations, there is an expanding need for advanced computational methods and intelligent systems. The focus of this book is not only restricted to digital computer forensics and incidence response. It also addresses a broad spectrum of forensic disciplines that use computer tools for crime prevention and investigation. Possible disciplines are pathology, trace, biology, prints, ballistics and anthropology. Objects to be studied are for example tool marks, shoeprints, fire debris, vehicles, tire impressions, questioned documents, physiological and behavioral patterns.

The Overall Objective of the Book

There exists a need for an edited collection of articles in this interdisciplinary area that will give a comprehensive view of most recent advances in research and development of computer-based methods, system designs and applications that support forensic investigation services. The book aims to provide relevant theoretical foundations and latest empirical research findings in this regard. Readers can benefit from this book in understanding the basics and current techniques applied for solving the digital acquisition of pieces of evidences, the extraction salient characteristics, the retrieval of similar items in a data pool, the identification of objects and persons as well as the analysis of fine details of a questioned object.

The Target Audience

The audience of this book includes senior or graduate students major in computer science, computer engineering, applied informatics, or management information systems as well as professional instructors and researchers. The book is also written for professionals in forensic sciences who want to understand the essentials and the impact of using computer-based methods in crime prevention, investigation and the prosecution of criminal offences.

Topics

The topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

Algorithms: Filtering, Image and Data Representation, Image Registration, Super resolution, Feature Extraction, Data Mining, Search Techniques, Machine Learning and Statistical Data Analysis, Fuzzy Logic, Evolutionary Algorithms, Fusion and Ensemble Learning.

Applications: Anthropology, Ballistics, Biology, Digital Computer Forensics, Fiber Analysis, Fire Debris, Incidence Response, Pathology, Physiological and Behavioral Patterns, Prints, Questioned Documents, Tire Impressions, Tool marks, Trace, Shoeprints, Vehicles.

Submission Procedure and Schedule

The book is intended to be published in the Springer Verlag, Series - 'Studies in Computational Intelligence'. Please prepare the manuscript using the author guidelines and format given in the following link: Author Guidelines

Proposal : Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit by Juni 15, 2007 , a 2-5 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors will be notified about the suitability of the chapters within 2 weeks of the submission date.

Full Chapter Submission : September 30, 2007 - Chapters have to be no more than 40 pages length and will be peer-reviewed by at least three referees.

Notification : Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 15, 2007 , about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines.

Full-accepted Chapters are expected to be submitted by December 15, 2007 .

The book is scheduled to be published by Springer-Verlag by beginning of 2008. Inquiries and Submissions can be forwarded electronically (as a PDF file ) to the volume editors.

Volume editors

Katrin Franke [ katrin.franke @ hig.no ]
Slobodan Petrovic [ slobodan.petrovic @ hig.no ]
Ajith Abraham [ ajith.abraham @ ieee.org ]

Technical Program Committe

Gonzalo Álvarez Marañón, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain
Faouzi Alaya Cheikh, Gjøvik University College, Norway
Oscar Cordón, University of Granada, Spain
Patrick De Smet, FOD Justitie, Belgium
Zeno Geradts, Netherlands Forensic Institute, The Netherlands
Janusz Kacprzyk, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Cheng-Lin Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Milan Milosavljević, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Javier Ruiz del Solar, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Hiroshi Sako, Hitachi Central Research Laboratory, Japan
Sargur Srihari, University at Buffalo, USA
Lasse Øverlier, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Norway

... to be extended

Further Information

The 2007 International Workshop on Computational Forensics (IWCF 2007) will take place in conjunction with the 3rd International Symposium on Information Assurance and Security (IAS 2007) in Manchester, United Kingdom, August 31, 2007.

In case of any further questions you may contact the volume editors.

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