Martin S Olivier


Martin Olivier Martin Olivier is a professor at the Department of Computer Science in the School of Information Technology at the University of Pretoria.

His current research interest is digital forensics. Previously he worked on privacy, database, application and system security.

He is author or co-author of more than 200 academic publications. Seven students obtained their doctorates with him as promoter. About 25 students completed their master's degrees under his (co-) supervision. He also supervised a number of student mini-dissertations that formed part of a course-based master's degree. He is a member of the editorial board of Data & Knowledge Engineering. He is also member of IFIP working group 11.9 on digital forensics, the ACM, the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (South African Academy for Science and Art) and an associate member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He regularly acts on the programme committee or as a reviewer for various conferences.

Prof Olivier started his career at the CSIR in Pretoria. In 1991 he joined the Department of Computer Science at the Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg as a lecturer. He has also lectured part-time at a number of tertiary institutions in South Africa.

From 1993 to 1996 he was responsible for presenting a weekly talk on computing on national radio. Prior to that he was a monthly columnist for Bit Magazine (SA) from 1989 to 1993.

Prof Olivier holds a BSc degree in Mathematical Sciences, BSc (Honours), MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science, a BA degree in Humanities, a BA (Honours) degree in Philosophy and an MPhil degree in Workplace Ethics. He is also a Certified Cyber Forensic Professional (CCFP).

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