Monday, April 28, 2014

American Academy of Forensic Sciences Honors Two Faculty With Outstanding Research Award

Golden Richard and Irfhan AhmedProfessor of Computer Science Golden Richard III, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Irfhan Ahmed received the Outstanding Research Award for the Digital and Multimedia Section of the American Academy of Forensic Science.

Two leading computer scientists at the University of New Orleans recently received an Outstanding Research Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for research in their field.

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a professional society for all who practice the forensic sciences, or the scientific method of gathering and examining information about the past. The AAFS, as the world's most prestigious forensic science organization, promotes education and the elevation of accuracy, precision, and specificity in the forensic sciences, according to the organization's website. The organization publishes the Journal of Forensic Sciences, an internationally recognized journal.

Members presented more than 500 scientific papers, seminars and workshops at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting held in February in Washington DC. The annual scientific meeting is designed to gather professionals to present the most current information, research, and updates in this expanding field. Forensics is especially important in law enforcement, where forensics is applied to criminal or civil law, and is used in other fields, such as astronomy, archaeology, biology and geology. The AASF's nearly 6,000 members are divided into 11 sections spanning forensic fields. Included in this membership are physicians, attorneys, dentists, toxicologists, physical anthropologists, document examiners, psychiatrists, engineers, physicists, chemists, criminologists, educators and others who practice forensic science or teach and conduct research in the field.

Professor of Computer Science Golden Richard III, who founded a cutting-edge information assurance program at UNO in 2002, was promoted to Fellow at the annual meeting. Under Richard's direction, UNO founded the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance, a Board of Regents sponsored center with two state-of-the-art computer labs, where researchers have obtained several million dollars in federal research grants and gained certifications from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Richard and Irfhan Ahmed, assistant professor of computer science, received the Outstanding Research Award for the Digital and Multimedia Section of the AAFS, which is essentially, the digital forensics community within AAFS. They received the award for their paper "Live Forensic Analysis of Kernel Code for Malware Detection in Cloud Computing Environments," presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), in Washington DC.

The research was conducted under a recent $498,984 grant from the National Science Foundation which Richard received for his project, "TC-Small-Virtual Machine Introspection-based Live Forensics for Detection of Malicious Software." Ahmed worked as a post-doctorate on the grant before he was hired as a faculty member at UNO.


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