DFRWS EU 2018 Conference was held March 21 to 23, 2019 at the CONVITTO DELLA CALZA – Oltrarno Meeting Center. DFRWS EU 2018 would like to extend a special thanks to ITTIG (Istito di Teoria e Tecniche dell’Informazione Giurdica). The generous support of ITTIG as a Co-Organizer of the event has made it possible to bring the DFRWS conference to Florence.

DFRWS EU 2018 published 15 peer-reviewed papers as a special issue of Digital Investigation Journal.  The conference also featured 6 workshops, 3 short presentations, and keynote addresses by Dr. Katrin Franke and Eugenio Albamonte.

Conference Location:

Florence, Italy

March 21, 2018 to March 23, 2018

The Convitto Della Calza is a charming, professional venue for very prestigious events. The splendid fourteenth-century setting, outfitted with modern technological equipment, makes it unique in Florence.


Dr. Katrin Franke


Katrin Franke is professor of computer science at the NTNU Digital Forensics Group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In 2005 she obtained her Ph.D. degree at the Artificial Intelligence Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She is an alumni of the Technical University of Dresden in Germany with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

After graduating in 1994, Dr. Franke began to conduct research at the Fraunhofer IPK in Berlin, Germany. Until December 2006, she has worked as a scientific project manager; leading research teams as well as internationally distributed project consortia. In 2007 Katrin Franke joined the Norwegian Information Security laboratory at Gjøvik University College in Norway, now NTNU Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK). She conducts research in Computational Forensics, supervises Ph.D. projects and teaches courses in Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition at the PhD and master level.

Dr. Franke has published more than 180 scientific articles including one patent. She is involved in the organization of international conferences; the most prominent among them is the International Workshop on Computational Forensics (IWCF). Dr. Franke is a founding member of the IAPR-TC6 on Computational Forensics founded in 2008 and served as its chair. Katrin Franke is an IAPR* Young Investigator Awardee in the year 2009. (* International Association of Pattern Recognition)

Eugenio Albamonte


Eugenio Albamonte is a magistrate and since 1995 he has played the role of public prosecutor in Italy at Cosenza and Grosseto.

From 2004 to 2009 he worked at the Superior Council of Magistracy, currently he is Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Court of Law in Rome (Italy). He deals with cybercrime, fight against child pornography and cyber terrorism. He is author of several papers and contributions in the fields of criminal law, judicial system, cybercrime and investigation techniques.

He carries out international activities within European public organizations devoted to judicial training, including the role of short term expert within projects funded by the European Union and the United Nations Organization (ONU) in support of judicial authorities of countries like Albania, Macedonia and Palestina. He also represents the Italian Ministry of Justice during international conferences in the field of fight against cybercrime.

He takes seminars on fight against cybercrime, organised by the Superior School of the Magistracy and professional associations. He teaches at Universities of Lucerna, Siena and Napoli where he takes courses on international cooperation in criminal matters.


DFRWS Call for Papers (CfP)
DFRWS invites contributions in five categories

  • Research papers
  • Practitioner / industry researcher presentations
  • Hands-on workshops / tutorials
  • Panel discussions
  • Demos and posters

RESEARCH PAPERS undergo double-blinded peer review, and the proceedings are published by Elsevier as a special issue of the Journal of Digital Investigation.

PRESENTATIONS, POSTERS, and DEMOS require a brief proposal, not a paper. These proposals undergo a light review process to select presentations of maximal interest to DFRWS attendees, and to filter out sales pitches. Presentation proposals must specify their target length from the following options: 20 minutes, 120 minutes (2 hours), 240 minutes (4 hours), or full day. Note, longer presentations and hands-on tutorials are referred to as ‘workshops’ described below.

WORKSHOPS / TUTORIALS 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 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.

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 of relevance and diversity of the panelists.

DFRWS will provide one free conference registration for each accepted workshop / tutorial.

Submission Information

Submission criteria and templates are provided here: Proposal Requirements & Submission Instructions

All research paper and practitioner presentation submissions must be submitted through the EasyChair site at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dfrwseu2018. Submissions must be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Tutorial/workshop proposals must be emailed to eu-workshops <at> dfrws <dot> org in PDF or plain text format.

Panel proposals must be emailed to eu-panels <at> dfrws <dot> org in PDF or plain text format.


Student Scholarship and Award Program

DFRWS continues its outreach to students studying digital forensics. DFRWS and its sponsors will award one or more Student Travel Scholarships each year to students who present their accepted research papers. 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. 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. 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 to the website for further details regarding eligibility, funding and selection (Student Scholarship & Award Program).

Contact Information

Additional information about DFRWS EU 2018 is available on website: https://dfrws.org/conferences/dfrws-eu-2018

For questions related to paper, presentation, and demo submissions, please send email to: eu-papers <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions about workshop/tutorial proposals, please send email to: eu-workshops <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions related to the organization of DFRWS-EU 2018 please send email to: eu <at> dfrws <dot> org

Topics of Interest

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

  • Machine learning and data mining for digital evidence extraction/query
  • Social networking analysis and OSINT (Open Source Intelligence)
  • Malware and targeted attacks (analysis and attribution)
  • Forensics analysis and visualization of Big Data
  • Non-traditional forensic scenarios / contexts
  • Network and distributed system forensics
  • Mobile and embedded device forensics
  • Cloud and virtualized environments
  • Vehicle forensics (e.g., drones, cars)
  • SCADA / industrial control systems
  • Convert channels (e.g. TOR, VPN)
  • Implanted medical devices
  • Smart power grids
  • Smart buildings
  • Virtual currency
  • Digital forensic preparedness / readiness
  • Digital investigation case management
  • Digital evidence sharing and exchange
  • Digital forensic triage / survey
  • Digital forensic tool validation
  • Event reconstruction methods and tools
  • Digital evidence and the law
  • Case studies and trend reports
  • Anti-forensics and anti-anti-forensics

Click Here For Proposal Requirements


October 9, 2017 ORIGINAL: Papers / Presentations / Panel Proposals Submission Deadline
October 15, 2017 EXTENDED: Papers / Presentations / Panel Proposals Submission Deadline
October 23, 2017 Workshop / Tutorials Proposals Submission Deadline
November 30, 2017 Special Hotel Rates held for DFRWS Attendees Released
December 18, 2017 Papers / Presentations/Panel Proposals Notification
January 22, 2017 Demo / Poster Proposals Submission Deadline
January 29, 2018 Final Paper Draft and Presenter Registration
March 7, 2018 Last Call Registration Rate takes Effect


Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Mariangela Biasiotti (Italian National Research Council)

Program Chair

Joshua James (Digital Forensic Investigation Research Laboratory, Hallym University)

Program Vice Chair

Holger Morgenstern (Albstadt-Sigmaringen University)

Local Event Chair

Fabrizio Turchi

Keynote Chair

Bruce Nikkel, Ph.D. (Bern University of Applied Sciences)

Outreach Chair

Mattia Epifani (ITTIG - CNR)

Workshop Chair

Hans Henseler, Ph.D. (University of Applied Sciences Leiden)

Workshop Chair

Felix Freiling (Friedrich-Alexander-University)

Web Chair

Mark Scanlon, Ph.D. (University College Dublin)

Proceedings Chair

Babak Habibnia (University College Dublin)

Forensic Challenge

Joshua James (Digital Forensic Investigation Research Laboratory, Hallym University)

Forensic Challenge

Eoghan Casey, Ph.D. (University of Lausanne)

Rodeo Chair

Francesco Picasso (Reality Net)

Rodeo Chair

Mattia Epifani (ITTIG - CNR)

Poster Chair

Holger Morgenstern (Albstadt-Sigmaringen University)


In addition to the main conference, DFRWS registration fees include access to technical workshops and the DFRWS Welcome Reception, Forensics Rodeo and Awards Banquet*. A light lunch and coffee breaks will be served during the conference.  A copy of the printed proceedings and a t-shirt are included with the registration materials.

* Additional tickets to social events, proceedings and shirts can be added at registration.


Sponsors help DFRWS to produce quality events and foster community. Click a logo to learn more about the sponsor.

Information about sponsorship opportunities is available at: http://www.dfrws.org/sponsorship-opportunities

Dell - Platinum Sponsor

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Forensic Focus

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Google - Student Scholarship Sponsor

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google is pleased to sponsor scholarships for students to attend DFRWS.

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Banquet Sponsor

The Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques (ITTIG) belongs to the Italian National Research Council. It conducts research in the field of legal informatics and information technology law. The Institute operates in continuous interaction with the academic and scientific world as well as with public administrations on topics related to e-government. The Institute also produces and distributes legal databases and make specialized software and tools for legal information online dissemination and for the interoperability of government data.

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Demo Sponsor

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