John Dempsey

John Dempsey

Forensic Computing Course Leader

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Computing and Technology Building, CM007

+44 (0) 1772 89 3307

Subject Areas: Computing

John's main teaching interests are related to the investigation of digital devices, for example mobile phones, computers and networks. He is the School contact for the Cyber Champions initiative.

Full Profile

John's main research interests revolve around a methodological approach to the reverse engineering of data structures that are used for reconstructing activities on digital devices. He is in the process of creating his own methodology by combining existing techniques that include scientific method, finite state machines, and the use of freely available software.

John is certified to use the Cellebrite UFED system and is an accredited mobile phone examiner. John is in the process of earning his EnCE professional accreditation. John has attended the Bond Solon expert witness training course.

John has worked on several software development projects both before and during his time at UCLan. John has developed software to provide electronic data interchange on Windows and Unix systems, used Oracle PL/SQL to control data, and developed middleware for enterprise resource planning software and contact relationship managers.

John is keen to develop working relationships with Forensic Computing companies who work in criminal or civil investigations

External Activities

Cyber Champions 


Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Digital Forensic Experimentation

Investigating Hardware and Operating Systems

Digital Forensic Investigation

Network-based Forensic Investigation