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ITL Speakers Bureau: James Lyle



Following A Tasty Case
Natasha Romanov (former secret agent) has retired and opened a new Russian Tea Room on Lubyanka Square in Moscow. However, her employee Nick Ulyanov has vanished and may have stolen her award-winning menu. The last he was seen; he was hovering near the computer with a flash drive in his hand. Natasha suspects that Nick copied her award-winning menu to the flash drive and plans to open his own Tea Room in Saint Petersburg with his own version of Natasha’s award-winning menu. Let’s follow Officers Andrew and Sasha as they use digital forensics to try to solve the mystery of the missing Menu. After we finish the case we will discuss some of the activities in the Computer Forensics Tool Testing program and related projects.

Keywords: digital forensics


Image: James Lyle - ITL Speakers Bureau

Dr. Lyle wrote his first FORTRAN program in 1968 and has been programming ever since. He received a B.S. in Mathematics (1972) and an M.S. in Mathematics (1975) from East Tennessee State University; from the University of Maryland at College Park, Dr. Lyle received an M.S. (1982) and PhD (1984) in Computer Science. Before joining NIST full time in 1993, Dr. Lyle was a Faculty Associate at NIST and an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Since 2004, Dr. Lyle has been a member of the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) and is currently an associate member of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Subcommittee on Digital Evidence.

Dr. Lyle's interests include Software Engineering, Computer Graphics, Human Factors, Digital Forensics and Computer Science Education.

His interests within Digital Forensics include:

  • Specification of requirements for digital forensic tools
  • Testing digital forensic tools
  • Characterizing errors in digital forensic tools


Created March 18, 2022, Updated June 12, 2023