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G-GPF 2012 : Guide to Geo-Positional Forensics - Edited Book to be published by Springer in 2012


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Submission Deadline Feb 15, 2012
Categories    forensics   geo-positional   gps forensics   GPS

Call For Papers


Guide to Geo-Positional Forensics
(An edited book - to be published by Springer in 2012)

Chapter Proposals Submission Deadline: 15 Feb 2012 (extended)
Full Chapter submission Deadline: 15 Apr 2012

Further details:

***** Introduction

Geographical Positioning Systems (GPS) technology has become prevalent in many areas of life. One of the more popular applications of the technology is in Satellite Navigation based systems. Often, there is a need, especially by law enforcement agencies, to investigate the GPS systems for geo-positional forensic purposes. However, this is a complex activity, particularly due to the fact that there are a huge variety of such devices - each differing in terms of hardware constructs, proprietary operating systems, data storage mechanisms and interface level applications.
Research into geo-positional forensics, although in its infancy, can be divided into three categories:
• Legal engineering
• Operating system/application analysis
• Physical extraction and data analysis.

Legal engineering is the process of ensuring that the investigation is conducted appropriately and in a sound manner so that the results obtained can be admissible in a court of law. Operating System/Application Analysis with respect to GPS technology is a complex activity due to the multitude of operating systems and varieties of applications e.g. the way the data is stored on the storage media depends greatly on the file system of the operating system in question. The physical extraction and analysis of data is the process of recovering the required data from GPS devices. This again is complex due to the variety of operating systems, file and storage systems as well as the memory systems used in GPS technology.

The book aims to describe, discuss and analyze Geo-positional principles, infrastructures, technologies and current practices, particularly in the context of digital investigations. The objectives are:
• To capture the state-of-the-art research and practice
• To identify research directions and technologies to facilitate more efficient investigations
• To explore issues, limitations and barriers
• To present case studies in the context of Geo-Positional forensics and criminal investigations
• To advance the understanding of Geo-Positional forensics.

***** Topics

Recommended topic areas include, but are not limited to:

Uses of GPS in areas such as:
• Sports
• monitoring movement of children
• parcel and courier tracking
• clock synchronisation
• geotagging
• tracking sex offenders and bailed/paroled prisoners
• differentiated/mobility pricing to calculate insurance or road tax premiums,

Legal engineering and the challenges presented by GPS systems in terms of:
• accuracy and reliability of GPS data
• GPS tampering/anti-forensics/anti-anti-forensics
• GPS Jamming
• improper legal engineering
• spoof attacks on GPS systems
• the ethics of location monitoring.

Technology and Operating System/Application Analysis:
• Assisted GPS (AGPS)
• Operating systems and file systems
• Hardware systems (Tomtom, Garmin, ProNav)
• 'Custom built' after-market GPS/SatNav systems
• Factory Fit GPS and Satnav Systems

The physical extraction and analysis of data:
• Removal and imaging of data store
• Extraction through USB or other port
• JTAG extraction
• Kernel modification

***** Submission Information

Academics, researchers and industry practitioners are invited to submit 1-2 page manuscript proposals in the form of an abstract detailing the background, the objective and structure of their proposed chapter as well as a broad indication of the subject matter to be covered - by the date shown below. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified within two weeks and will be given instructions and guidelines for full chapter preparation. Full chapters should be about 10,000 words or 15-20 pages in length. All chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind basis: emphasis will be on relevance, quality and originality. Case studies are especially welcome. The book is scheduled to be published by Springer Verlag in Q3/Q4 of 2012. Proposals and final chapters (WORD or PDF format) should be sent to the editors:
Mr Harjinder S Lallie, University of Warwick, UK:
Dr Zaigham Mahmood, University of Derby, UK:

***** Important Dates:

Proposal Submission Deadline: 15 Feb 2012
Notification of Proposal Acceptance: 29 Feb 2012
Full Chapter Submission deadline: 15 Apr 2012
Notification of Full Chapter Acceptance: 1 May 2012
Revised Chapter Submission Deadline: 1 June 2012
Final Submission to Publishers: 1 Aug 2012

For enquiries, please contact:

Dr Zaigham Mahmood, University of Derby, UK:


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