After graduating in 1994, Mrs. Franke began to conduct research at the Fraunhofer IPK in Berlin, Germany. The institute belongs to the Fraunhofer Society, a non-profit organization, conducting applied research on behalf of industrial and governmental entities. Mrs. Franke carried out extensive research on digital image processing and pattern recognition at Fraunhofer IPK. Until December 2006, she has worked as a scientific project manager; leading research teams as well as internationally distributed project consortia. Katrin Franke was in charge of founded research and industrial projects on document processing, signature and custom stamp analysis, applied in banking and in forensics. These projects have brought forth software modules and software systems, now operating in banks in Germany, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Jamaica as well as in forensic laboratories in Germany.
In 2007 Katrin Franke joint the Norwegian Information Security laboratory at Gjøvik University College in Norway. She conducts research in Computational Forensics, supervises Ph.D. projects and teaches courses in Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition at the PhD and master level. She is appointed in the Research and Advisory board at Gjøvik University College.
Dr. Franke has published more that 70 scientific papers including one patent. She regularly reviews technical papers for research organizations, international conferences, and some leading scientific journals, like IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI), International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition (IJDAR) where she also serves as an associate editor. She is a member of the World Federation on Soft Computing (WFSC) and the World-Wide-Web Consortium (W3C) where she contributes to the international standardization of InkML, an Xml-application for handwriting data. She is a member of several international program committees. She is involved in the organization of international conferences; the most prominent among them is the International Workshop on Computational Forensics (IWCF). Dr. Franke is a founding member of the IAPR-TC6 on Computational Forensics founded in 2008 and serves currently as its chair.
Katrin Franke is an IAPR* Young Investigator Awardee in the year 2009. (* International Association of Pattern Recognition)