AGENDA

To accommodate our users in various time zones, there will be two rounds of the same live presentations, one approximately in the European morning time zone, and the other in the North American morning time zone. All users are welcome to attend the sessions that work better based on their needs and time zone.


TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2021

Session 1 (Italy time)

10:00 - 10:20 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

11:00 – 11:20 AM EDT

Behind the Curtains of Amped R&D: How and Why We Develop

Amped has a rather opinionated way of doing things and develops software that matches the demanding needs of the users in the forensic field. In this presentation, we will see the basic ideas of the R&D activities and the testing and validation procedures behind the products.

Martino Jerian is the CEO and Founder of Amped Software. He graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of Trieste (Italy) with a thesis on forensic image processing and founded Amped Software in 2008. He has extensive software engineering experience designing and starting the development of the Amped Software products. He teaches as a contract professor in a few university courses related to investigations, forensics and intelligence, has published several scientific papers related to image and video forensics and also worked as a forensic expert in major judiciary cases.

Session 1 (Italy time)

10:20 – 11:00 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

11:20 – 12:00 PM EDT

Dealing with Deepfakes

We will provide a brief (and not-too-technical) introduction to the problems of deepfakes and their detection. We will look at the main artificial intelligence technologies behind some types of deepfakes and then briefly review the possible approaches to deepfakes detection.

Marco Fontani graduated in Computer Engineering in 2010 at the University of Florence (Italy) and earned his Ph.D. He is a member of the IEEE Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee and is the author or co-author of several journal papers and conference proceedings. He also has experience in delivering training to law enforcement and has provided expert witness testimony on several forensic cases involving digital images and videos. Marco is currently Product Manager at Amped Software.

Session 1 (Italy time)

11:00 – 11:20 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

12:00 – 12:20 PM EDT

Presenting the Evidence: Annotations and Video Redaction

In this presentation we will see the importance of presenting evidence clearly and concisely.

Samuel served within the Royal Military Police (RMP) for 6 years, becoming a crucial member of their Multimedia & Evidential Imagery Team (MEIT). Throughout his career within MEIT Samuel carried out a multitude of video forensic investigations and was the first member of the RMP to become a LEVA Certified Technician. He was quickly promoted within the department, becoming the lead video forensics investigator and assisted with all crucial video evidence investigations carried out by the Army, Navy and RAF worldwide. Samuel is a Trainer at Amped Software, bringing his enthusiasm for multimedia evidence.

Session 1 (Italy time)

11:20 – 11:40 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

12:20 – 12:40 PM EDT

Protecting the Evidence: From Replay to FIVE

In this presentation we will see the importance of maintaining integrity with a transparent workflow between the First Responder and the Forensic Video Analyst.

David served as a UK Police Officer for 24 years, the final 12 of which were spent as a CCTV investigator. He was the first LEVA certified Forensic Video Analyst in Europe and remains one of only four outside of North America. Since working with Amped Software, David has provided a key role in the development of Amped Software’s technical training, as well as spreading his passion for jurisprudence reform through the latest technological innovations. He is still a practicing forensic video analyst and has frequently been called as an expert witness to assist legal teams and law enforcement with on-going criminal investigations.

Session 1 (Italy time)

11:40 – 12:00 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

12:40 – 1:00 PM EDT

Byte Level Analysis for Accurate Video Conversion

Many times we are given a video from a manufacturer who adds their own information or obscures the video information within the file. This talk will look at a few issues that can show up because of this, why we clean, and what the cleaner is doing.

Blake Sawyer is certified as a LEVA Forensic Video Analyst and an IAI Certified Forensic Video Examiner. He has taught courses with LEVA, as well as served on their board. Currently he is the Chair of the Video subcommittee for SWGDE (Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence) and is a member of the Digital Evidence subcommittee at OSAC (Organization of Scientific Area Committees). Before working for Amped Software, Blake worked for the Plano Police Department in 2014, where he built the digital media unit of their Crime Scene.

Session 1 (Italy time)

12:00 – 12:40 PM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

1:00 – 1:40 PM EDT

The Quest for Image Reliability in Court: Do No Harm

The theme of this presentation is to emphasize the importance of establishing image reliability when video and still images are being tendered as evidence in court.There is a general default for viewers to believe what is seen absent a compelling reason to believe otherwise.This can give rise to faulty findings of fact and miscarriages of justice.Given that counsel and the court are typically lacking a robust visual literacy, they rely upon the expertise of technicians and analysts to guide them. In this presentation, interrelated topics of image reliability, integrity verification, authentication, and image accuracy will be discussed from a legal perspective. Also discussed will be the impact of image enhancement, clarification, and editing on image reliability. Reference will be made to authentication approaches and challenges in North American courts and international criminal tribunals and courts.

Jonathan W. Hak, Q.C. is a barrister and solicitor, adjunct associate law professor, law lecturer, and PhD Candidate.He has specialized in legal perspectives regarding forensic video and image analysis and expert witness testimony issues since 2000. He obtained his formal legal education in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.He is currently a PhD Candidate at Leiden University in the Netherlands where he is focusing on the use of non-textual evidence in international criminal prosecutions.

Session 1 (Italy time)

12:40 – 1:00 PM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

1:40 – 2:00 PM EDT

User Spotlight: Case Studies and Insights (1)

Amped users will present interesting cases and applications of Amped products to help inspire other users.

Speaker: Amped Users

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2021

Session 1 (Italy time)

10:00 – 10:20 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

11:00 – 11:20 AM EDT

Amped Support Casework Statistics: Issues, Solutions, Trends

In this presentation we will show the results of an internal study to analyze the characteristics of the support casework we receive and its trend over time.

Martino Jerian is the CEO and Founder of Amped Software. He graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of Trieste (Italy) with a thesis on forensic image processing and founded Amped Software in 2008. He has extensive software engineering experience designing and starting the development of the Amped Software products. He teaches as a contract professor in a few university courses related to investigations, forensics and intelligence, has published several scientific papers related to image and video forensics and also worked as a forensic expert in major judiciary cases.

Session 1 (Italy time)

10:20 – 11:00 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

11:20 – 12:00 PM EDT

Video PRNU: More Than Source Identification

With an increasing interest in video authentication, Amped Authenticate now provides tools to address these issues. In this presentation, we will take a look at how the new Video PRNU Tools work and specifically how to use them for Source Identification.

Stefano Bianchi graduated in Computer Engineering at the University of Trieste (Italy) with a thesis on reverse engineering of proprietary video codecs. He has contributed to research and development activities, mainly in the field of video and metadata decoding, and is currently a Trainer at Amped Software, also providing technical support, especially for video decoding and conversion.

Session 1 (Italy time)

11:00 – 11:20 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

12:00 – 12:20 PM EDT

Creating Demonstratives: NLE Functionalities in Amped FIVE

In this presentation we will take a look at Amped FIVE's ever growing editing filters, allowing users to create a timeline of events using their evidence for a powerful delivery of that evidence.

Samuel served within the Royal Military Police (RMP) for 6 years, becoming a crucial member of their Multimedia & Evidential Imagery Team (MEIT). Throughout his career within MEIT Samuel carried out a multitude of video forensic investigations and was the first member of the RMP to become a LEVA Certified Technician. He was quickly promoted within the department, becoming the lead video forensics investigator and assisted with all crucial video evidence investigations carried out by the Army, Navy and RAF worldwide. Samuel is a Trainer at Amped Software, bringing his enthusiasm for multimedia evidence.

Session 1 (Italy time)

11:20 – 11:40 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

12:20 – 12:40 PM EDT

User Spotlight: Case Studies and Insights (2)

Amped users will present interesting cases and applications of Amped products to help inspire other users.

Speaker: Amped Users

Session 1 (Italy time)

11:40 – 12:00 PM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

12:40 – 1:00 PM EDT

Insights from the Amped Research Lab

Amped Software invests a lot of time in research activities, cooperating with universities and writing scientific papers. In this session we will present a few of the latest studies we have been working on and experimenting with.

Gianmaria Rossi graduated in ICT for Internet and Multimedia at the University of Padua (Italy) with a thesis on deepfakes detection using neural networks. He is currently working as a Software Developer at Amped Software, focusing on artificial intelligence methods for the authentication and analysis of images and videos. He is also a researcher and author of a recently published paper on a license plate reader.

Session 1 (Italy time)

12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Amped Products Roadmap and Discussion

In this session we will present a general idea of the roadmap and priorities on the development of the Amped products and foster interaction with the users to discuss the mostly requested new features and improvements.

Martino Jerian is the CEO and Founder of Amped Software. He graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of Trieste (Italy) with a thesis on forensic image processing and founded Amped Software in 2008. He has extensive software engineering experience designing and starting the development of the Amped Software products. He teaches as a contract professor in a few university courses related to investigations, forensics and intelligence, has published several scientific papers related to image and video forensics and also worked as a forensic expert in major judiciary cases.


THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021

Session 1 (Italy time)

10:00 – 10:20 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

11:00 – 11:20 AM EDT

What's New in the Amped World

With the advent of the pandemic a lot has changed for many of us, including Amped. In this session we will present and discuss all the most recent changes: online training, subscription licenses, bundle licenses, webinars and our experimental Discord channel.

Martino Jerian is the CEO and Founder of Amped Software. He graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of Trieste (Italy) with a thesis on forensic image processing and founded Amped Software in 2008. He has extensive software engineering experience designing and starting the development of the Amped Software products. He teaches as a contract professor in a few university courses related to investigations, forensics and intelligence, has published several scientific papers related to image and video forensics and also worked as a forensic expert in major judiciary cases.

Session 1 (Italy time)

10:20 – 10:40 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

11:20 – 11:40 AM EDT

Questioning PRNU Fingerprint Uniqueness

With the introduction of computational photography, most recent devices heavily process the acquired pixels, possibly introducing non-unique artifacts that may reduce PRNU noise's distinctiveness. In this presentation we will discuss how we performed an extensive testing campaign on over 33.000 Flickr images belonging to 45 smartphone and 25 DSLR camera models released recently to determine how widespread the issue is and investigate the possible causes.

Marco Fontani graduated in Computer Engineering in 2010 at the University of Florence (Italy) and earned his Ph.D. He is a member of the IEEE Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee and is the author or co-author of several journal papers and conference proceedings. He also has experience in delivering training to law enforcement and has provided expert witness testimony on several forensic cases involving digital images and videos. Marco is currently Product Manager at Amped Software.

Session 1 (Italy time)

10:40 – 11:20 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

11:40 – 12:20 PM EDT

Shadows Analysis for Authentication

When creating a forgery, it's very hard to keep shadows consistent. In this presentation, we will take a look at Amped Authenticate's Shadows filter, showing how a discrepancy in shadows cast over a certain scene can assist with the authentication of the evidence.

Stefano Bianchi graduated in Computer Engineering at the University of Trieste (Italy) with a thesis on reverse engineering of proprietary video codecs. He has contributed to research and development activities, mainly in the field of video and metadata decoding, and is currently a Trainer at Amped Software, also providing technical support, especially for video decoding and conversion.

Session 1 (Italy time)

11:20 – 11:40 PM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

12:20 – 12:40 PM EDT

Using Amped FIVE to Capture the Details That Lead to Identification

We'll examine how the Norman Police Department used Amped FIVE to identify the often overlooked parts of a fraudulent transaction that led to the identification of two suspects in a series of high profile vehicle burglaries.

Blaine Davison is a retired Forensic Video Analyst and Digital Evidence Administrator from the Norman, Oklahoma Police Department. He joined the team at Amped Software in March of this year after over 23 years of commissioned service. He is also a LEVA certified Forensic Video Technician and served on the LEVA board of directors as President, Corporate Vice President and Webmaster. He was also a recent member of the video subcommittee of the Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence (SWGDE).

Session 1 (Italy time)

11:40 – 12:00 AM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

12:40 – 1:00 PM EDT

Using the New Variable Motion Deblurring in Amped FIVE

Frame by frame linear blur correction allows a user to enter different blur parameters on consecutive frames. This short presentation will give an overview of its use.

David served as a UK Police Officer for 24 years, the final 12 of which were spent as a CCTV investigator. He was the first LEVA certified Forensic Video Analyst in Europe and remains one of only four outside of North America. Since working with Amped Software, David has provided a key role in the development of Amped Software’s technical training, as well as spreading his passion for jurisprudence reform through the latest technological innovations. He is still a practicing forensic video analyst and has frequently been called as an expert witness to assist legal teams and law enforcement with on-going criminal investigations.

Session 1 (Italy time)

12:00 – 12:20 PM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

1:00 – 1:20 PM EDT

Audio Redaction and Audio Support in Amped FIVE

Back in college I dreamed of being a recording engineer so that each sound came through exactly how I wanted it. Nowadays, I'm content with the sound of silence. This talk with show you more about the audio waveforms in Amped FIVE and how to redact the audio when you could use a little bleeping silence.

Blake Sawyer is certified as a LEVA Forensic Video Analyst and an IAI Certified Forensic Video Examiner. He has taught courses with LEVA, as well as served on their board. Currently he is the Chair of the Video subcommittee for SWGDE (Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence) and is a member of the Digital Evidence subcommittee at OSAC (Organization of Scientific Area Committees). Before working for Amped Software, Blake worked for the Plano Police Department in 2014, where he built the digital media unit of their Crime Scene.

Session 1 (Italy time)

12:20 – 12:40 PM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

1:20 – 1:40 PM EDT

Why Certification is Important

In this presentation, we will discuss the importance of certification in video forensics to ensure people have the basic qualifications and a common body of knowledge to perform their job. Most professions require practitioners to be tested and licensed so that they can demonstrate they are minimally capable of not performing a critical error before they are given a task. In addition to training before work begins, ongoing training in a profession is equally important as skills and technology will change and the skills of the practitioner need to continuously be updated.

Christi is a forensic video analyst a the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and Chairman of the Board of The Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA), recognized as the global leader in evidence-based forensic video and digital multimedia evidence processing training and the only organization in the world to offer professional training leading to certification in this science.

Session 1 (Italy time)

12:40 – 1:00 PM CEST

Session 2 (New York time)

1:40 – 2:00 PM EDT

User Spotlight: Case Studies and Insights (3)

Amped users will present interesting cases and applications of Amped products to help inspire other users.

Speaker: Amped Users