URI professor to speak about computer forensics

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KINGSTON, R.I. – February 23, 2009 – Victor Fay Wolfe, a University of Rhode Island professor of computer science and statistics, will present an overview of the field of computer forensics as part of the University’s Forensic Science Seminar Series. Fay Wolfe’s seminar will take place Friday, Feb. 27 at URI’s Pastore Hall, Room 124. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Fay Wolfe’s lecture will introduce the field of digital forensics.

“Digital forensics is the science of acquiring digital evidence through e-mail, hard drives, images, etc.,” said Fay Wolfe.

Fay Wolfe is the founder and director of URI’s Digital Forensics Program, which is one of the first such programs at a major university in the country. He has received more than $8 million in federal grants and been published more than 100 times during his career.

In 2006, Fay Wolfe and his team at the Digital Forensics Center received a $600,000 grant to fight child pornography and steganography from the National Institute of Justice, a branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. Steganography is a technique that can hide messages in innocent looking digital documents such as photographs.

Fay Wolfe has a doctorate and master of science degree in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University in Massachusetts.