DFRWS USA 2017 is being held at the Austin Hilton Convention Center in Austin, TX.
All accommodations are the responsibility of DFRWS USA attendees. Accommodation is not included as part of the conference registration fee. DFRWS USA has reserved a room block with reduced rates. August is peak season in Austin so we encourage people to plan ahead and book their rooms prior to the cut off date of July 8. Please utilize the link below or call the provided phone number to reserve your room.
We invite contributions in five categories: research papers, presentation proposals, panel proposals, workshop proposals, and demo proposals.
RESEARCH PAPERS undergo double-blinded, peer review, and are published by Elsevier in a special issue of Digital Investigation.
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’ described below.
WORKSHOPS can be several hours or full day, and typically include hands-on participation by attendees, allowing for an in-depth, detailed exploration of tools and techniques of interest to DFRWS attendees. Workshops can 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.
DFRWS will provide one free conference registration for each tutorial and workshop accepted.
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. DFRWS will notify the recipient of the Best Student Research Paper award on or before the conference registration deadline. Other awards (e.g. industry sponsored awards for research in specific topic areas) may be awarded after the registration deadline and are fully contingent on scholarship sponsorship by industry each year. Refer below for further details regarding eligibility, funding and selection.
ELIGIBILITY: Students must be co-authors on research paper submissions—presentation session presenters and poster presenters are not eligible. The student recipient of the Best Student Research Paper award must be the lead author on the paper being awarded. Student recipients of other travel scholarships (i.e. research paper awards on specific topics of interest funded by industry sponsors) must be co-authors, but they need not be lead authors. Awarded students must be the presenter of the paper for which the award was given at the conference.
FUNDING: Students must register (and pay the registration fee) for the conference and cover all travel expenses. The travel scholarships will be dispersed at the conference to reimburse student travel costs.
SELECTION: Student travel scholarship recipients will be selected by a student scholarship committee, consisting of DFRWS Organizing Committee members, DFRWS Board of Directors, and/or industry scholarship sponsors. Award recipients will be selected based on research paper quality (contribution and writing), student contribution to the paper (authorship position), and research topic.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
DFRWS USA 2017 registration includes access to all presentations, a copy of the printed proceedings, breakfasts, a welcome reception, and entrance to the famous rodeo challenge. Additionally, registered attendees may attend a banquet (including presentation of best paper awards).
Group discounts are available. If you have a group larger than four, please contact email@example.com
If you are a student in a third level graduate or postgraduate degree programme, you may qualify for a student grant covering part or all of your registration fee and/or travel expenses. Please note that travel grants are normally reserved for students presenting original research papers at the conference. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The decisions will be made by the organizing committee on a case-by-case basis considering your circumstances, provided evidence, objectives of the conference, and the available/remaining funds.
Registration fees for 2017 have not been determined, but 2016's fees were:
|Type of Registration||Early Bird||Regular Rate||Onsite Registration|
|(2016) Regular Attendee||$700 (USD)||$775 (USD)||$800 (USD)|
|(2016) Full Time Student Special Rate||$500 (USD)||$575 (USD)||$600 (USD)|
|(2016) Law Enforcement Special Rate||$500 (USD)||$575 (USD)||$600 (USD)|
|(2016) Single Day (no other discounts apply; additional charge for Tuesday banquet)||$300 (USD)||$300 (USD)||$300 (USD)|
Sponsors of the conference will gain visibility for their companies, demonstrate their support of forensic research and development, and contribute to the success of the conference. All sponsors will have their logo listed on the DFRWS USA 2017 website with a link to their website and will be listed in the printed proceedings. They will also get recognition at specific events that they sponsor.
Details on becoming a sponsor can be found here.