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Friday, August 21 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
College Students “Driving” Digital Crash Reconstruction

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In order to address the massive growth of digital evidence available in criminal investigations, the St. Joseph County (IN) Cyber Crimes Unit began a partnership with the University of Notre Dame in 2015. Unlike any other cyber crimes unit in the country, they took a leap of faith and began employing students as sworn law enforcement personnel and digital forensics examiners. We are two of those investigators. In this role, we conduct digital forensics examinations on real cases, write and execute search warrants, and testify in court. When we are not actively working on a case, we conduct research and testing, looking for novel ways to apply technology and digital forensics to existing real-world problems.

Since the inception of traffic crash reconstruction in 1985, its methods and formulas have remained relatively unchanged. So, we asked: can technology revolutionize traffic crash reconstruction? In this talk, we will discuss research that we have done related to the feasibility of using data automatically collected by a smartphone to reconstruct traffic crashes. We have found that depending on user interaction with the phone, it may be possible to build a detailed timeline of events leading up to, during, and after a crash. This timeline can include not only user interaction with the phone, but also detailed GPS information and vehicle speeds. Finally, we will talk about how our research can address the limitations of existing crash reconstruction methods and show case examples of where we have applied this research to local cases.

Speakers
avatar for Brianna Drummond

Brianna Drummond

St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit, Speaker
Brianna Drummond is a senior undergrad at the University of Notre Dame studying Political Science and Russian with a minor in Cyber Safety and Security. In addition to being a student, Brianna is a Senior Investigator for the St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit. She also holds the... Read More →
avatar for Laura Hernandez

Laura Hernandez

St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit, Speaker
Laura is a senior undergrad at the University of Notre Dame studying Sociology with a minor in Cyber Safety and Security. She is currently a Senior Investigator in the St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit in Indiana, where she works as a digital forensic examiner. She is also certified... Read More →


Friday August 21, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
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