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DFRWS USA 2018 : 2018 USA Digital Forensics Research Workshop


When Jul 15, 2018 - Jul 18, 2018
Where Providence, RI
Submission Deadline Jan 12, 2018
Categories    digital forensics   incident response   data recovery   security

Call For Papers

DFRWS 2018 USA Call for Papers
July 15-18, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA

The DFRWS digital forensics conference brings together leading researchers, developers, practitioners, and educators from around the world to advance the state of the art in digital forensics. Established in 2001, DFRWS has become the premier digital forensics conference.

We invite original contributions in the form of research papers, non-research presentations, demos, and posters in the following topic areas:
Memory analysis and snapshot acquisition
Storage forensics, including solid state
"Big data" forensics, related to collection, analysis, and visualization
Incident response and live analysis
Forensics of cloud and virtualized environments
Malware and targeted attacks (analysis and attribution)
Network and distributed system forensics
Event reconstruction methods and tools
Mobile and embedded device forensics
Digital evidence storage and preservation
Data recovery and reconstruction
Multimedia analysis
Database forensics
Tool testing and development
Digital evidence and the law
Case studies and trend reports
Data hiding and discovery
Anti-forensics and anti-anti-forensics
Interpersonal communications and social network analysis
Non-traditional forensic scenarios and approaches (e.g. vehicles, Internet of Things, industrial control systems, and SCADA)
Archival preservation & reconstruction

The above list is only suggestive. We welcome new, original ideas from people in academia, industry, government, and law enforcement who are interested in sharing their results, knowledge, and experience. Authors are encouraged to demonstrate the applicability of their work to practical issues. Questions about submission topics can be sent via email to: usa-papers (at) dfrws (dot) org

Research papers undergo double-blinded, peer review, and are published by Elsevier in a special issue of Digital Investigation.

Presentations, posters, and demos undergo a light review process to select presentations of maximal interest to DFRWS attendees and filter out sales pitches. Presentation proposals must specify their target length from the following options: 20 minutes, 120 minutes (2 hours), or 240 minutes (4 hours). Note, 2-4 hour presentations are referred to as ‘workshops’ and often include hands-on participation by attendees. Additional information regarding each type of submission can be found on the website.

Submission deadline for research papers: January 12, 2018.
Submission deadline for presentations: March 10, 2018.
Submission deadline for posters and demos:
Poster authors who wish to have an abstract included in the printed proceedings must submit a PDF of the poster and the proposed abstract by March 10, 2018.
Demo providers and poster authors who do not wish to have an abstract included in the printed proceedings may submit their poster or demo request through the first day of the conference.
Conference registration deadline for all papers, presentations, and posters with abstracts in the proceedings is March 27, 2018. Those without a registered author/presenter may be dropped from the program -- see the website for policy.

All deadlines are at the end of the stated day at Midnight using the Anywhere on Earth (AOE) convention.


DFRWS continues its outreach to students studying digital forensics. DFRWS and its sponsors will award one scholarship to the Best Student Research Paper awardee -- it will include registration, 4 nights hotel at the conference hotel, and $595. One or more Student Travel Scholarships will also be awarded to include registration and 4 nights at the conference hotel. More travel scholarships may be awarded, depending on sponsorship funding each year. See the DFRWS website for further details, such as eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and award schedule and administration.

For more information, see the DFRWS 2018 homepage at

DFRWS USA Organizing Committee

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