DFRWS USA 2015 Call for Tutorial and Workshop Proposals

DFRWS USA invites submissions to present tutorial and workshop 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 workshops or tutorials should NOT be thinly-veiled commercial advertisements.

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).

DFRWS will provide one free conference registration for each tutorial and workshop accepted.

Topics of Interest

Besides the topics of interest as listed in the CFP, we particularly encourage submissions about deeper, practical aspects of digital forensics. For example, 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 9, 2015 (any time zone). Extended until April 15.
  • Tutorial / Workshop proposal acceptance notification: April 1, 2015
  • Presenter registration: April 30, 2015
  • First draft of slides due: June 7, 2015
  • Final draft of slides due: July 11, 2015
  • Conference dates: August 9-13, 2015

Submission Requirements

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

  • Summary (1-2 paragraphs), clearly indicating if the workshop is a lecture or is interactive/hands-on; this text will appear on the website so that attendees can determine if they would like to attend.
  • Intended audience and their level of technical knowledge.
  • A description of materials that you will provide to participants (software, handouts, etc.). Please indicate what materials you expect participants to download before or during the workshop.
  • What DFRWS should provide (projector, screen, wireless network, etc.).
  • What participants should provide (personal laptop, disk space, OS, software, etc.).
  • Time required (preferably a two- or four-hour block).
  • A short “blurb” for the website including your name, title, and affiliation (see last year's program schedule as a reference).
  • Outline of the talk/activities and the time breakdown, at 15-minute resolution.

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 THE CONFERENCE. Please see the important dates section for exact dates.

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

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