DFRWS EU 2016 Call for Papers

The DFRWS-EU Conference that will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland from 29 March - 31 March 2016.
The DFRWS is dedicated to the advancement of digital forensics research through open sharing of knowledge and ideas. Ever since it organized the first open workshop in 2001, the DFRWS continues to bring academics and practitioners together in an informal environment. DFRWS conferences publicize and discuss high quality research outcomes selected in a thorough peer review process.
In recent years, DFRWS conferences have added practitioner presentations and hands-on tutorials taught by leading experts in the fields.
The continued expansion of DFRWS-EU conferences is intended as a focal point for the European digital forensic community, allowing practitioners and researchers to meet and exchange ideas without the need for transatlantic travel. The proceedings of DFRWS-EU 2016 will be published on the DFRWS Website as well as in a special issue of Elsevier's Digital Investigation journal.
We invite original contributions as research papers, panel proposals, work-in-progress talks, tutorial and workshop proposals, and demo or poster proposals on the following topics:


Topics of Interest

  • "Big data" approaches to forensics, including data collection, data mining, and large scale visualization
  • Addressing forensic challenges of Systems-on-a-chip
  • Anti-forensics and anti-anti-forensics
  • Bridging the gap between analog and digital traces/evidences/investigators
  • Case studies and trend reports
  • Data hiding and discovery
  • Data recovery and reconstruction
  • Database forensics
  • Digital evidence and the law
  • Digital evidence storage and preservation
  • Event reconstruction methods and tools
  • Impact of digital forensics on forensic science
  • Incident response and live analysis
  • Interpersonal communications and social network analysis
  • Malware and targeted attacks: analysis, attribution
  • Memory analysis and snapshot acquisition
  • Mobile and embedded device forensics
  • Multimedia analysis
  • Network and distributed system forensics
  • Non-traditional forensic scenarios and approaches (e.g. vehicles, control systems, and SCADA)
  • Storage forensics, including file system and Flash
  • Tool testing and development
  • Triage, Prioritization, Automation: Efficiently processing large amounts of data in digital forensics
  • Typology of digital traces
  • Virtualized environment forensics, with specific attention to the cloud and virtual machine introspection

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: eu-papers <at> dfrws <dot> org

Possibilities to contribute

  • research paper
  • presentations (new)
  • panel proposals
  • tutorial / workshop proposals
  • demo or poster proposals
  • work-in-progress session with lightning talks

Important Dates

Please note: all deadlines are firm and dates are for any time zone.

  • Papers, Presentations and Panel proposals
    • Submission deadline : October 5, 2015
    • Notification : December 14, 2015
    • Final paper draft and presenter registration(*): January 25, 2016
  • Demo and poster proposals
    • Submission deadline : January 18, 2016
    • Notification : February 15, 2016
  • Workshop/Tutorials proposal
    • Submission deadline : October 26, 2015
    • Notification : December 14, 2015
  • Conference dates: March 30-March 31, 2016
    • Proposal of Lightning Talks submission is possible on-site during the conference.
    (* Papers for which no author has registered by this date may be dropped from the program.)


  • 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. 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.
    Research papers must be submitted through the EasyChair site at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dfrws2016eu. Submissions must be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Send any questions about research paper / presentation proposal submissions to eu-papers (at) dfrws (dot) org.
  • 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.
    Panel proposals must be emailed to eu-panels (at) dfrws (dot) org in PDF or plain text format.
  • PRESENTATIONS (NEW): This year DFRWS is soliciting proposals for 15-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.
    Presentation proposals must be submitted through the EasyChair site at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dfrws2016eu. Submissions must be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Send any questions about research paper / presentation proposal submissions to eu-papers (at) dfrws (dot) org.
  • DEMO OR POSTER PROPOSALS: DFRWS welcomes demonstrations or posters 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.).
    Demo or poster proposals must be emailed to eu-demos (at) dfrws (dot) org in PDF or plain text format.
  • WORKSHOP PROPOSALS: DFRWS offers an expanded opportunity to present workshops and vendor-agnostic tutorial sessions. For details about the scope of the workshops as well as instructions for submitting a proposal, please visit the Call for Workshop Proposals page.
    To submit a workshop proposal please visit the Call for Workshop Proposals page.
  • LIGHTNING TALKS: Conference attendees are invited to present parts of their ongoing work or open research questions for 5 minutes. Registration for lightning talks is possible at the conference.
In addition to the above, the conference features a work-in-progress session where any conference attendant can present their ongoing work for 5 minutes.

Student Scholarship Program

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 homepage for more information.

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