Mobile Phone Extraction Research at Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is doing groundbreaking research about how to better extract evidence from mobile phones, by developing new efficient and reliable tools, led by Assistant Professor Helena Webb.

This work about the digital economy is a top research priority because personal mobile phones are a very valuable repository of information, and can be vital as a source of evidence in criminal investigations. Extracting information from mobiles in the past has been problematic because the analysis process is too slow and very resource intensive.

The need for better investigation tools

The work to advance mobile phone extraction is not only abut increased efficiency but also about public trust. That is because the invasion of privacy involved is significant, where any mismanagement of data could result in both the collapse of a criminal case and undermine trust in the police and potentially the whole criminal justice system. 

Further to previous and ongoing work, a new survey is now seeking participants to inform better visualisations of data extracted from a mobile phone. The survey is intended for (police) investigators and others with knowledge/experience in this area. This work is being driven via the School of Computer Science, and involves an 8 question survey, that only takes around 10 minutes to complete. 

Be a part of research: take the survey

The survey is anonymous and has been given ethical clearance by the University of Nottingham. Participants are encouraged to complete it in order to support the research, and improve law enforcement’s capabilities in digital forensics.

You can complete the survey here:

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