The DFRWS-EU 2023 Conference will be held Tuesday, March 21 through Friday, March 24. The DFRWS EU program committee are currently planning the conference as a hybrid event, with it possible for attendees and presenters to attend either virtually or physically in Bonn, Germany (pandemic permitting).

Coronavirus
Currently, there are no local restrictions impacting the realization of a physical DFRWS EU 2023. However, the OC will keep an eye on the developments and provide updates to the website, when needed. Furthermore, the travel restrictions to Germany have been lifted for almost all countries. However, when transiting through Europe, a proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result may still be required. Please check the requirements for your trip by using the Re-open EU website and choosing “Travel Plan”. Note, that we do not take any responsibility if this information is not correct and you are denied entry.

Conference Location:

The DFRWS EU 2023 conference will be held in the “Hörsaalzentrum Poppelsdorf” on the campus of the University of Bonn.

March 21, 2023 to March 24, 2023

How to get there?
The city of Bonn is located in the center of Europe and can easily be reached by various means of transportation.

  • Via train: The recommended option for travelers from surrounding countries is traveling by train to Bonn central station, which is in close proximity to many hotels as well as the conference venue. Detailed information about connections can be found on the website of the German Rail.
  • Via plane: For travelers from Europe, Cologne/Bonn airport (CGN) is in most cases the best option with flights from all across Europe arriving daily. It connects to the city center via a direct bus. For long-distance flights, Frankfurt airport (FRA) and Dusseldorf airport (DUS) offer more options. If arriving in FRA, a high-speed train to Siegburg/Bonn station is the fastest way to reach Bonn. In some cases, flight tickets from Lufthansa may include the train ticket to Cologne station (QKL) as well. At Dusseldorf airport, a direct train leaves for Bonn central station every hour.
  • Via car: Bonn is well connected to the renowned German Autobahn.

 

Where to stay?

The conference venue is a 20-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride from the city center of Bonn. Thus, various hotels are available (note that there is no “conference hotel”). Some examples include:

 

 

Participation

DFRWS invites contributions in the categories listed below. We ask to submit all contributions via EasyChair (https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=dfrwseu2023) and follow the submission guidelines (https://dfrws.org/submission-criteria-eu/).

FULL RESEARCH PAPERS undergo double-blinded peer review, and the proceedings are published by Elsevier as a special issue of the Journal of Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation. We ask to submit articles according to the submission instructions.

PRESENTATIONS / DEMOS require a brief proposal (~500 words, informal), 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. Accepted proposals will be given a presentation slot (~15min) during the conference. These proposals must be submitted through EasyChair. Note that the presentation/demo will not be part of the published proceedings.

POSTERS This year’s conference will have a physical poster session. The posters will be exhibited during the whole conference, with a dedicated poster session during a break where poster authors will be available by their posters. For our online audience, the posters will be available on the conference webpage together with contact details such that online participants can communicate questions or comments to the authors. In addition, the poster authors are encouraged to sign up for a lightning talk to present their work.

The poster must:

  • Not exceed A0 size (841 mm x 1189 mm)
  • Be readable both printed and on-screen
  • Be of interest to the digital forensic community
  • Not be a sales pitch or advertisement

The poster layout is up to the authors to decide.

The posters are not included in the conference proceedings and will not be subject to a peer-review process. However, they will get a short audit before being exhibited to ensure they follow the above requirements.

Authors can submit posters in EasyChair for approval. The approval process typically takes 1-2 days. Please make sure that you submit early enough to have time for printing the posters after approval. Minor changes to the contents are accepted without a new audit, such as improving the quality of illustrations, correcting spelling or other errors, etc.

WORKSHOPS / TUTORIALS can be 2 to 4 hours (please indicate) 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. DFRWS will provide one free conference registration for each workshop accepted.

PANEL PROPOSALS should be one to three pages and clearly describe the topic, its relevance, and a list of potential panelists including their biographies (short). Panels will be evaluated based on the topic relevance and diversity of the panelists.

Submission Information

Paper submissions must be submitted through the EasyChair site at https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=dfrwseu2023. Submissions must be in PDF format and follow the submission criteria and guidelines (https://dfrws.org/submission-criteria-eu/ ). Organizers may reject work that does not follow the listed criteria.

Contact Information

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: Katerina <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions related to presenting a poster at DFRWS EU 2023 please send email to: Jens-Petter <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions about demo proposals, please send email to: Pavel <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions related to the organisation of DFRWS EU 2023 please send email to: eu <at> dfrws <dot> org

Student Scholarship and Award Program

DFRWS continues its outreach to students studying digital forensics. DFRWS and its sponsors will award one or more Scholarships each year to students (first author) who present their accepted research papers. One scholarship will be awarded to the Best Student Research Paper awardee. More scholarships may be awarded, depending on sponsorship funding each year. Exact award amounts will vary, but usually cover at least registration expenses. 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).

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 any digital forensic related topic, for example (but not limited to):

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

Click Here For Proposal Requirements

Deadlines

Date Event
October 10, 2022 Full papers: Submission of Abstract & Title via EasyChair
October 17, 2022 Full papers : Final submission via EasyChair
November 23, 2022 Full papers: Acceptance notification
December 14, 2022 Full papers: Camera-ready submission of full papers and registration of presenters
December 23, 2022 Workshops & Presentations: Submission via EasyChair
January 13, 2023 Workshops & Presentations: Acceptance notification
March 15, 2023 Poster: Submission via EasyChair

Committees

Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Jan-Niclas Hilgert (Fraunhofer FKIE)

Conference Co-Chair

Frank Breitinger, Ph.D (University of Lausanne)

Local Chair

Elmar Padilla, Ph.D. (Fraunhofer FKIE)

Workshop Chair

Aikaterini Kanta (University College Dublin)

Workshop Co-Chair

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

Keynote Chair

John Sheppard, Ph.D. (Waterford Institute of Technology)

Keynote Co-Chair

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

TPC Chair

Christian Riess (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

TPC Co-Chair

Ondrej Rysavy, Ph.D.

Proceedings Chair

Edita Bajramovic (Siemens Energy)

Proceedings Co-Chair

Ricardo J. Rodríguez, Ph.D. (University of Zaragoza)

Promotion Chair

Noémi Bitschnau

Promotion Co-Chair

Immanuel Lautner (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Web Chair

Maike Raphael

Web Co-Chair

Holger Morgenstern (Albstadt-Sigmaringen University)

Demo Chair

Pavel Gladyshev, Ph.D. (University College Dublin)

Poster Chair

Jens-Petter Sandvik (Norwegian University of Technology and Science)

Poster Co-Chair

Erisa Karafili (University of Southampton)

Proceedings Chair

Edita Bajramovic, Ph.D. (Siemens Energy)

Program Scheduling Chair

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

Program Scheduling Co-Chair

Radek Hranický, Ph.D.

Hybrid Chair

Felix Freiling, Ph.D. (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Hybrid Co-Chair

Chris Hargreaves, Ph.D. (University of Oxford)

Rodeo Chair

Harm van Beek (Netherlands Forensic Institute)

Rodeo Chair

Ruud Schramp (Netherlands Forensic Institute)

Sponsorships

Daryl Pfeif (DFRWS)

Sponsorships

David-Olivier Jaquet-Chiffelle, Ph.D. (University of Lausanne)

Frank Adelstein, Ph.D. (NFA Digital)

Technical Program Committee

Ashu Sharma, Ph.D.

WatchGuard

Bruce Nikkel, Ph.D.

Bern University of Applied Sciences

Chris Hargreaves, Ph.D.

University of Oxford

Christian Keil, Ph.D.

DFN-CERT

Christian Riess, Ph.D.

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Cosimo Anglano, Ph.D.

Universitá del Piemonte Orientale

Daryl Pfeif

Digital Forensics Solutions LLC

David-Olivier Jaquet-Chiffelle, Ph.D.

University of Lausanne

Edita Bajramovic, Ph.D.

AREVA GmbH

Elias Bou-Harb, Ph.D.

University of Texas at San Antonio

Erisa Karafili, Ph.D.

University of Southampton

Erwin van Eijk

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Farkhund Iqbal, Ph.D.

Zayed University

Felix Freiling, Ph.D.

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Frank Adelstein, Ph.D.

NFA Digital

Frank Breitinger, Ph.D.

University of Lausanne

Gilbert Peterson, Ph.D.

US Air Force Institute of Technology

Graeme Horsman, Ph.D.

Teesside University

Hanno Langweg, Ph.D.

HTWG Konstanz

Harald Baier, Ph.D.

Universität der Bundeswehr München

Harm Van Beek, Ph.D.

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Holger Morgenstern

Albstadt-Sigmaringen University

Irfan Ahmed, Ph.D.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Jan-Niclas Hilgert

Fraunhofer FKIE

Jeroen van den Bos, Ph.D.

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Marian Svetlik

Freelance InfoSec Consultant

Mario Hildebrandt, Ph.D.

Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg

Marko Schuba, Ph.D.

Aachen University of Applied Sciences

Mark Scanlon, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Martin Lambertz

Fraunhofer FKIE

Mattia Epifani

ITTIG - CNR

Michael Johnson

self-employed

Michael Spreitzenbarth, Ph.D.

Siemens CERT

Olga Angelopoulou, Ph.D.

University of Warwick

Ondrej Rysavy, Ph.D.

Brno University of Technology

Owen Brady, Ph.D.

King's College London

Owen O'Connor

self-employed

Patrick De Smet, Ph.D.

Nationaal Instituut voor Criminalistiek en Criminologie (NICC/INCC)

Ricardo J. Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Universidad de Zaragoza

Saed Alrabaee, Ph.D.

United Arab Emirates University

Stefan Kiltz, Ph.D.

Universität Magdeburg

Wietse Venema, Ph.D.

Google

Xiaolu Zhang, Ph.D.

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Zeno Geradts, Ph.D.

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Registration

Authors – please note that one Full Registration is required (at the in-person rate) for each accepted paper. Any additional authors that attend in-person qualify for reduced registration rates if they are either employed in law enforcement or are full-time students.

In-Person Early Bird Discounts
Early Bird registration discount will be in effect until January 31st for all In-person registrations. To take advantage of the Early Bird Discount, please be sure to apply the code: EarlyBird when you register to receive a €100 discount on each in-person registration!

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