DFRWS USA 2015 Call for Papers

DFRWS USA 2015 Call for Papers
August 9-13, 2015
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA 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 forum to present both cutting-edge research and perspectives on best practices for all aspects of digital forensics. As an independent organization, we promote open community discussions and disseminate the results of our work to the widest audience.

We invite contributions in five categories: research papers, presentation proposals, panel proposals, tutorial/workshop proposals, and demo proposals.

RESEARCH PAPERS are evaluated through a double-blind, peer-reviewing process, and accepted research papers will be published in printed proceedings by Elsevier.

PRESENTATIONS are opportunities for industry researchers and practitioners who do not have the time to write a paper, but who have forensics information and experiences that would be of interest to DFRWS attendees. Presentation proposals undergo a light reviewing process to filter out sales pitches and ensure the topic is relevant to our audience.

The 15th Annual DFRWS Conference is held in cooperation with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and its Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC).

The 15th Annual DFRWS Conference is held in cooperation with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and its Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC).

Topics of Interest

  • Memory analysis and snapshot acquisition
  • Storage forensics, including file system and Flash
  • "Big data" approaches to forensic, including collection, data mining, and large scale visualization
  • Incident response and live analysis
  • Virtualized environment forensics, with specific attention to the cloud and virtual machine introspection
  • Malware and targeted attacks: analysis, 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, control systems, and SCADA)

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

Important Dates

Please note: all deadlines are firm.

  • Paper and panel submission deadline: February 9, 2015 (any time zone).
  • Paper author notification: April 1, 2015
  • Final paper draft and presenter registration(*): April 30, 2015
  • Presentation and poster abstract submission deadline: April 17, 2015 (any time zone)
  • Presentation notification: May 1, 2015
  • Conference dates: August 9-13, 2015
(* Papers for which no author has registered by this date may be dropped from the program.)

Submission Criteria

  • RESEARCH PAPERS: Research papers must be original contributions, not duplicate previous work (including the authors' own), and must not be under simultaneous publication review elsewhere. The review process will be "double-blind" (reviewers will not know who the authors are, and authors will not know who the reviewers are). Therefore, the version submitted for review should not contain the names or affiliations of the authors, and should anonymize content that readily identifies the authors, such as references to tools developed by the authors. When referring to their own previous work, authors should use the third person instead of the first person (i.e. "Smith and Jones [2] previously determined..." instead of "We [2] previously determined...").
    Papers must be written in English and should not exceed 10 single-spaced, two-column pages with 1 inch margins and 10pt font. Papers should be submitted as PDF files. Accepted papers will be required to utilize the provided Microsoft Word template or Elsevier's LaTeX template (elsarticle class with the "5p" option). Authors are encouraged to use these templates for the submission version as well. After using the templates, do not forget to remove authors' names and other revealing information for double-blind submission.
    Authors are expected to present their work in person at the conference. At least one registration per paper is required in order to be included in the proceedings. Authors shall register for the conference prior to submitting their final draft for publication.
    At the conference, authors of accepted papers will be given 25 minutes to present their work, followed by 5 minutes of questions.
  • PRESENTATIONS: This year DFRWS is soliciting proposals for 20-minute presentations that showcase forensics experiences of interest to DFRWS attendees, including (but not limited to) case studies and advances in user interface, real-time analysis, and triage. Presentation proposals are not included in the printed proceedings and should not be anonymized. Presentation proposals only undergo a light reviewing process to make sure they are of interest to the community. Sales pitches will not be accepted.
    Presentation proposals are in the form of an abstract (150-300 words) in PDF format.
    At least one author is expected to register and present their work in person at the conference.
    Presenters will be given 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions. Presentation duration will be strictly enforced.
  • PANEL PROPOSALS: These should be one to three pages and clearly describe the topic, its relevance, and a list of potential panelists and their biographies. Panels will be evaluated based on the topic relevance and diversity of the panelists.
  • TUTORIAL/WORKSHOP PROPOSALS: DFRWS offers an expanded opportunity to present workshops and vendor-agnostic tutorial sessions. For details about the scope of the workshops and tutorials as well as instructions for submitting a proposal, please visit the Call for Workshop Proposals page.
  • DEMO PROPOSALS: DFRWS welcomes demonstrations of proof of concept and research-based tools. Proposals should describe the tool, its relevance to the forensics field, and space/equipment needs (e.g., table size, power, networking, etc.).
In addition to the above, the conference features a work-in-progress session where any conference attendant can present their ongoing work for five minutes.


  • Research papers and presentation proposals must be submitted through the EasyChair site at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dfrws2015. Submissions must be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Send any questions about research paper / presentation proposal submissions to usa-papers (at) dfrws (dot) org.
  • Panel proposals must be emailed to usa-panels (at) dfrws (dot) org in PDF or plain text format.
  • Demo proposals must be emailed to usa-demos (at) dfrws (dot) org in PDF or plain text format.
  • To submit a tutorial/workshop proposal please visit the Call for Workshop Proposals page.

Student Award and Scholarship Program

DFRWS continues its outreach to students studying digital forensics.

  • This year DFRWS will be offering an award with a cash prize to the best student paper. A student paper is any paper in which the majority of the work was performed and the paper written by full-time students at an accredited university, college, or high school.
  • A limited number of scholarships may be awarded to students presenting a paper at the conference. The intent is to help alleviate the financial burden due to the cost of hotel expenses and conference registration. See the DFRWS USA 2015 homepage for more information.

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