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Benjamin Fung, Associate Professor, McGill University

Tuesday August 27, 2013 (22:44:52)   (3982 Reads)
Dr Benjamin Fung
Benjamin, you're an Associate Professor of Information Studies at McGill University - can you tell us more about the role and how you entered academia?

Certainly. As you say, I am currently an Associate Professor of Information Studies at McGill University and previously was an Associate Professor of Information Systems Engineering at Concordia University. I am particularly interested in developing new, scalable data mining methods for privacy protection and crime investigation.

In 2003, after working in the software industry for four years, I noticed there was a need for scalable data mining methods. As a result, I resigned from my job at SAP Business Objects and studied a Ph.D. in computing science, specializing in data mining, at Simon Fraser University. Recently, there is a hot research topic called "big data", but data miners have been working on "big data" for more than 20 years already.   more ...


Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama

Friday August 16, 2013 (16:22:19)   (4817 Reads)
Kathryn, you’re currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama – can you tell us more about your role and how you entered academia?

First, I should start by saying that I never thought I would be a professor - I fully intended on becoming a law enforcement officer. While pursing my Bachelor of Arts degree, I double majored in Psychology and Law and Society and minored in Forensics. During my summers, I even worked as a jail officer in Indiana and interned for New York City’s Department of Corrections. However, all of my mentors kept telling me to stay in school, obtain my Ph.D., and “see what happens then.” It was like they knew where I was meant to be (before I even did). During the last year of my Ph.D. in 2010-2011, I had to decide: Am I the type of person who answers questions – or – Am I type of person who waits for someone else to do it for me? So to answer your question, the day I entered academia was the day I realized I never wanted to leave – I had too many unanswered questions.   more ...


Dr Kamil Reddy, Independent Consultant, South Africa

Saturday August 03, 2013 (00:46:32)   (2851 Reads)
Dr Kamil Reddy
Kamil, you’re currently an independent consultant in digital forensics – can you tell us more about your work and how you first became interested in the field?

My independent consulting has, to date, been predominantly in the fields of information security and privacy. I haven't had an opportunity yet to work directly in digital forensics as an independent consultant. Mostly my work in information privacy revolves around ensuring compliance with impending information privacy legislation in South Africa. This legislation is modelled around European Union information privacy law and mandates the use of generally accepted information security standards, such as ISO 27001/2. Thus, much of my work also involves providing consulting advice on the necessary information security controls.   more ...


Jim Grady, President, Cellebrite USA

Sunday July 28, 2013 (12:28:05)   (3230 Reads)
Jim Grady, President, Cellebrite USA
Jim, please tell us a bit about yourself and your background before joining Cellebrite.

I´ve been involved in the wireless industry as an executive for over 20 years, both on the carrier side and the vendor side. Prior to Cellebrite, I was vice president and general manager at Bell Labs. I have an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine.

You became CEO of Cellebrite USA, Inc. at the end of 2011. What prompted that move and what does your current role involve?

I felt drawn to this opportunity based not only on the growth of the market, but also the chance and the ability to help law enforcement and private sector investigators adapt more smoothly to the demands mobile technology places on their skills. As CEO of Cellebrite USA, I am responsible for the vision, strategies and people that drive business for the largest market in mobile forensics.   more ...


Dr Richard Overill, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Informatics, King's College London

Saturday July 27, 2013 (23:17:20)   (4245 Reads)
Dr Richard Overill
Richard, you’re currently a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at KCL – can you tell us more about your role and how you entered academia?

Like much, perhaps most, of my life, it was purely serendipitous! I had finished the research for a PhD in computational quantum theory at the University of Leicester, and needed a job to support myself while I wrote up the thesis. I just happened to spot an advert for an Analyst-Programmer at King's College London in the trade press, applied and got the job. After a year the PhD was completed, but I was asked to stay on and contribute some teaching of programming and do some collaborative computational research. And when King's subsequently set up an academic Department of Computer Science (which has now become the Department of Informatics) it was the natural place for me to migrate to. Rather unenterprisingly, I've been here ever since!   more ...