The third annual DFRWS APAC 2023 Conference will be held 17-20 October 2023, as an in-person conference (pandemic permitting) run concurrently with attendees participating in both Singapore and Hong Kong.

We invite original contributions in the form of research papers, non-research presentations, demos, and posters in topic areas related to Digital Evidence and Digital Forensics.

Conference Location:

The DFRWS APAC 2023 conference will be held at 2 locations: Nanyang Technological University (Singapore Location) & Cyber Range, 8/F, Arsenal House, Police Headquarters, 1 Arsenal Street, Wanchai (Hong Kong Location)

October 17, 2023 to October 20, 2023


DFRWS APAC invites contributions in the categories listed below and follow the submission guidelines ( 

FULL RESEARCH PAPERS that align with the topics of interest undergo double-blinded peer review, and the proceedings are published by Elsevier (10 pages, blinded). 

PRESENTATIONS / DEMOS require a brief proposal (~500 words; not a paper) and undergo a light review process. Accepted proposals will be given a presentation slot (~15min) during the conference. 

POSTERS / DEMOS allow for the presentation of current research efforts and the discussion of preliminary results with the Digital Forensics Community during a dedicated poster session. 

WORKSHOPS can be 2 to 4 hours (please indicate) and ideally include hands-on participation by attendees, allowing for an in-depth, detailed exploration of tools and techniques of interest to DFRWS attendees. DFRWS will provide one free conference registration for each workshop accepted.

Birds of the Feather are informal gatherings and discussions of a specific topic without a pre-planned agenda. You may propose a topic that you feel is of interest to the community. 


All presentations must be delivered in-person, either from the primary conference venue in Singapore or the secondary venue in Hong Kong. Delivery remotely may be accepted by the organizing committee in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the organising committee. 


We ask you to submit all contributions via EasyChair (select the appropriate track during submission). Please make sure to follow the submission criteria ( on the website. Organizers may reject work that does not follow the listed criteria. 


Contact Information

For questions relating any kind of submissions contact the corresponding chair or send an email to: apac-oc-2023 [at] dfrws [dot] org

Student Scholarship and Award Program

DFRWS encourages the active participation of students studying digital forensics. One or more Student Scholarships are made available for students to present their accepted research papers for each event.
Scholarships are awarded on a first come first serve basis, depending on financial need and sponsorship funding available each year. Exact award amounts will vary, but usually cover registration expenses at a minimum.
Please apply using the Google form below.

Topics of Interest

DFRWS welcomes new perspectives that push the envelope of what is currently possible in digital forensics. Potential topics (alphabetical) to be addressed by submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Anti-forensics and anti-anti-forensics
  • Artificial intelligence-assisted digital forensics
  • Case studies and trend reports
  • Copyright infringement response
  • Cryptocurrency investigation
  • Data decoding, deserialization and decryption
  • Deleted/Damaged data recovery methods and tools
  • Development of digital forensic infrastructures
  • Digital evidence sharing and exchange
  • Digital forensic preparedness / readiness
  • Digital forensic tool validation
  • Digital forensics in smart cities
  • Digital investigation case management
  • Event reconstruction methods and tools
  • Forensic analysis of anonymous network based activities
  • Forensic analysis of cloud and virtualized environments
  • Forensic analysis of cloud-based services
  • Forensic analysis of databases
  • Forensic exploration of newly emerging devices, OSes, apps and services
  • Incident response on malware and targeted attacks
  • Laws and policies for digital evidence
  • Machine learning and data mining for digital forensics
  • Memory acquisition and analysis
  • Methodological frameworks for digital forensic activities
  • Mobile and embedded device forensics
  • Multimedia (image, audio, video) data analysis
  • Multi-source data integration and correlation analysis
  • Network and distributed system forensics
  • Non-traditional forensic scenarios / contexts
  • Steganography and steganalysis
  • Vehicle forensics (e.g., drones, cars, vessels)
  • Visualization methods and tools for forensic analysis

Click Here For Proposal Requirements


Date Event
March 17, 2023 Call for papers announced
May 1, 2023 Full papers: Submission via EasyChair
June 19, 2023 Full papers: Acceptance notification
June 30, 2023 Workshops : Submission via EasyChair
July 7, 2023 Full papers: Camera-ready submission
July 14, 2023 Workshops: Acceptance notification
July 31, 2023 Presentations: Submission via EasyChair
August 14, 2023 Presentations: Acceptance notification
September 15, 2023 Posters: Submission via EasyChair
September 22, 2023 Posters: Acceptance notification
October 17, 2023 Conference date (Hong Kong & Singapore)


Organizing Committee

Academic Outreach

Manoranjan Mohanty (University of Technology Sydney)

General Chair

Matthew Sorell (University of Adelaide)

Commercial Outreach

Sylvain Hirsch (Mandiant)

Conference Vice Chair (Hong Kong)

KP Chow (University of Hong Kong)

Conference Vice Chair (Singapore)

KY Lam (Nanyang Technological University)


Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions)

Emeritus Chair

Bradley Schatz (Schatz Forensic)

Keynote Chair

Bradley Schatz (Schatz Forensic)

Keynote Co-Chair

Pavel Gladyshev (University College Dublin)

TPC Chair

Jungheum Park (Korea University)

TPC Co-Chair

SM Yiu (University of Hong Kong)

Law Enforcement Outreach

Poster Chair

Presentation Chair


Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions)

Project Manager

Richard Matthews (University of Adelaide)

Proceedings Chair

Saed Alrabee (United Arab Emirates University)

Proceedings Co-Chair

Andrew Marrington (Zayed University)

Rodeo Chair

Secretary (Ex officio)

Frank Adelstein (NFA Digital)

Web & Social Media Chair

Yogesh Khatri (CyberCX)

Web & Social Media Co-Chair

Bhargav Rathod (Salesforce)

Workshop Chair

Manoranjan Mohanty (University of Technology Sydney)

Workshop Co-Chair

Asanka Sayakkara (University of Colombo)