DFRWS USA 2014 Call for Tutorial and Workshop Proposals

DFRWS USA offers an opportunity to present vendor-agnostic workshops and tutorial sessions. Tutorials and workshops allow for an in-depth, detailed presentation of tools and techniques of interest to DFRWS attendees and they can cover state-of-the-art research projects, useful tips and techniques for standard tools, or most anything that DFRWS attendees would consider beneficial.

While commercial tools can be used, these sessions should NOT be thinly-veiled commercial advertisements.

DFRWS will provide one free registration to the presenter(s) for each tutorial and workshop accepted.

Topics of Interest

Topics include the normal DFRWS topics of interest (as listed in the CFP), but deeper, practical aspects of digital forensics are particularly attractive. This includes how to use particular digital forensic tools, what evidence is available on devices, how to acquire or process such evidence, and more.

Important Dates

Please note: all deadlines are firm.

  • Submission deadline: February 13, 2014 (any time zone).
  • Tutorial / Workshop proposal acceptance notification: April 7, 2014
  • First draft of slides due: June 1, 2014
  • Final draft of slides due: July 15, 2014
  • Presenter registration: April 30, 2014
  • Conference dates: August 3-6, 2014

Submission Requirements

Proposals for tutorials and workshops should be under five pages and include the following details:

  • Description of the topic, clearly indicating if the workshop is a lecture or is interactive/hands-on (1-2 paragraphs); this will appear on the website so attendees can determine if they would like to attend.
  • Intended audience and level of technical knowledge assume
  • A description of materials to be provided to participants (software, handouts, etc.)
  • DFRWS hardware requirements (projector, screen, wireless network, etc.)
  • Participant requirements (personal laptop, OS, software, etc.)
  • Time required (preferably a two- or four-hour block)
  • A short “blurb” for the website including your desired name, title, and affiliation (see last year's as a reference)
  • Outline of the talk/activities and the time breakdown, at 15-minute resolution

We strongly encourage workshop/tutorial authors to include activities that require active participation by attendees (e.g., a sample forensic analysis on their own laptops using a particular tool or set of tools).
All proposals will be evaluated and notifications sent at the same time DFRWS paper notifications are sent.
For accepted proposals, a draft of the presentation slides is due approximately two months before the conference. These slides will be reviewed by the workshop chairs. Subsequently, presenters must submit a final copy of their slides approximately FOUR WEEKS BEFORE DFRWS. Please see the important dates section for exact dates.

Proposals for tutorials and pre-conference workshops must be emailed to usa-workshops (at) dfrws (dot) org in PDF or plain text format.

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