DFRWS USA 2017 Call for Papers

August 6-9, 2017 in Austin, Texas, 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. DFRWS USA 2017 is being held at the beautiful Austin Hilton Convention Center in Austin, TX.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.

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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 usually include hands-on participation by attendees. Additional information regarding each type of submission can be found on the DFRWS.org website at the following URL: https://dfrws.org/submission-criteria


• Submission deadline for research papers: February 1, 2017.
• Submission deadline for presentations: March 31, 2017.
• 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 31, 2017.
◦ 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 April 19, 2017. Those without a
registered author/presenter may be dropped from the program – see the
dfrws.org website for policy.

All referenced deadlines fall at 11:59pm under the Anywhere on Earth (AOE) time zone convention.


DFRWS continues its outreach to students studying digital forensics. DFRWS and its sponsors will award one or more Student Travel Scholarships each year. One scholarship will be awarded to the Best Student Research Paper awardee. More travel scholarships may be awarded, depending on sponsorship funding each year. Exact award amounts will vary, but are estimated to be between $1,000-$1,500 per award. See the DFRWS website for further details, such as eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and award schedule and administration.

For more information, see the DFRWS 2017 homepage at:

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