On August 7th and 8th, 2001 the first Digital Forensic Research Workshop (DFRWS 2001) was held in Utica, New York. Over 50 university researchers, computer forensic examiners, and analysts attended the workshop. This event was sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Defensive Information Warfare Branch. The Research Roadmap describes the major highlights of key presentations and the outcomes of this workshop.
In the following years, the workshop was more open to the public and eventually became a conference with a double blind review process and printed proceedings. See the archives for details on specific years.
In 2005, Frank Adelstein, Brian Carrier, Eoghan Casey, Golden Richard, and Vassil Roussev became the main organizers of the annual workshop and DFRWS became a 501(c) non-profit organization.