Join us in Memphis, TN on July 19-22 for the 2020 DFRWS USA conference!  The Call for Papers was open until January 24, 2020 @ 2359 AOE.

Located on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, Memphis is world famous for barbecue and the influential strains of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll that originated there. It has become a regional center for commerce, education, media, art, and entertainment. Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Johnny Cash all recorded albums at the legendary Sun Studio and Presley’s Graceland mansion is now a popular attraction. Other landmarks include; the National Civil Rights Museum, the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Blues Hall of Fame and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Downtown, historic blues clubs and BBQ restaurants pepper Beale Street and rooftop bars overlook the activity on the riverfront.

DFRWS will be held at the GuestHouse at Graceland. This resort hotel, owned by the Presley family, is adjacent to the original Graceland Mansion. It features a complimentary shuttle to/from the Airport and the Downtown/Beale Street area. DFRWS attendees are eligible for the GSA approved rate of $121 per night by referencing DFRWS when placing their hotel registration.

Conference Location:

The Guest House at Graceland 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd Memphis, TN United States

July 19, 2020 to July 22, 2020

Guest House at Graceland


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.  Read the Submission Criteria for more information.  The Call for Papers is open until January 24, 2020 @ 2359 AOE.

PRESENTATIONS and WORKSHOPS undergo a light review process to select presentations of maximal interest to DFRWS attendees and filter out sales pitches. Presentations are of 20-minute duration and are delivered alongside academic papers in the main conference. Workshops occur before and after the main conference. These are intended as in-depth and practical learning opportunities for attendees and often include hands-on participation by attendees. Workshop proposals must specify their target length of either 2 or 4 hours. DFRWS will provide one free conference registration for each workshop accepted.

Submit presentation proposals as a PDF to by March 15, 2020.

Submit workshops and tutorials as a PDF to by March 15, 2020.

POSTERS and DEMOS are accepted through the first day of the conference, which is when the Poster and Demo session occurs. Poster authors have the option of having an abstract included in the printed proceedings. A PDF of the poster and the proposed abstract must be submitted via email by March 15, 2020.

Student award and student scholarship program

DFRWS continues its outreach to students studying digital forensics. DFRWS and its sponsors will award one scholarship to the Best Student Paper awardee — it will include registration, 4 nights hotel at the conference hotel, and a monetary award of $595. One or more Student Travel Scholarships may be awarded to include registration and 4 nights at the conference hotel, depending on sponsorship funding each year. 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 Registration Section for additional information on eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and award schedule and administration.

Topics of Interest

  • Memory analysis and snapshot acquisition
  • Storage forensics, including solid state
  • “Big data” forensics, related to the collection, analysis, and visualization
  • Incident response and live analysis
  • Forensics of cloud and virtualized environments
  • Malware and targeted attacks (analysis and attribution)
  • Network and distributed system forensics
  • Event reconstruction methods and tools
  • Mobile and embedded device forensics
  • Digital evidence storage and preservation
  • Data recovery and reconstruction
  • Multimedia analysis
  • Database forensics
  • Tool testing and development
  • Digital evidence and the law
  • Case studies and trend reports
  • Data hiding and discovery
  • Anti-forensics and anti-anti-forensics
  • Interpersonal communications and social network analysis
  • Non-traditional forensic scenarios and approaches (e.g. vehicles, Internet of Things, industrial control systems, and SCADA)
  • Archival preservation & reconstruction

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

Click Here For Proposal Requirements


Date Event
24/01/2020 Submission deadline for research paper
15/03/2020 Submission deadline for presentations & workshops
01/04/2020 Accepted Author registration deadline
08/06/2020 Early Bird Registration Ends
04/07/2020 Regular Registration Ends


Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Josiah Dykstra, Ph.D. (National Security Agency)

Conference Vice Chair

Tim Vidas, Ph.D. (SecureWorks)

Program Co-Chair

Alex Nelson, Ph.D. (NIST)

Program Co-Chair

Xiaodong Lin, Ph.D. (University of Guelph)


Vassil Roussev, Ph.D. (University of New Orleans)

Presentations and Industry Outreach Chair

Jessica Hyde (George Mason University / Magnet Forensics )

Workshop Chair

Joe Sylve, Ph.D. (BlackBag Technologies)

Workshop Vice Chair

Golden Richard III, Ph.D. (Louisiana State University)

Event Management/Production

Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions and DFRWS)


Matthew Geiger (Qintel)

Posters & Demos Chair

Frank Adelstein, Ph.D. (NFA Digital)

Forensic Rodeo Chair

Andrew White (Dell Secureworks)

Forensic Rodeo Vice Chair

Erika Noerenberg (Carbon Black)


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

Local Host

Denise Ferebee, Ph.D. (LeMoyne-Owen College)


Bradley Schatz, Ph.D. (Schatz Forensic)


Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions and DFRWS)

Web Chair

Elizabeth Schweinsberg (Facebook)

Social Media

Scar de Courcier (Forensic Focus)


Wietse Venema, Ph.D. (Google)

Volunteers Chair

Dave Loveall (FBI)

Works-in-Progress Chair

Nicole Beebe, Ph.D. (UTSA)

Awards Chair

Mark Guido (The MITRE Corporation)

At Large Member

Cory Hall (MITRE)

Technical Program Committee

Alex Nelson, Ph.D.


Xiaodong Lin, Ph.D.

University of Guelph

Frank Adelstein

NFA Digital

Irfan Ahmed

Virginia Commonwealth University

Aisha Ali-Gombe, Ph.D.

Towson University

Stefan Axelsson

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Ibrahim Baggili

University of New Haven

David Baker


Manish Bhatt

University of New Orleans

Frank Breitinger

University of New Haven

Florian Buchholz

James Madison University

Michael Cohen

Velocidex Enterprises

Ali Dehghantanha

University of Guelph

Rinku Dewri

University of Denver

Josiah Dykstra, Ph.D.

National Security Agency

Simson Garfinkel, Ph.D.

U.S. Census Bureau

Matthew Geiger


Paul Giura

AT&T Security Research Center

Mark Guido

The MITRE Corporation

Joshua James

Digital Forensic Investigation Research Laboratory, Hallym University

Andrea Lanzi

Universita` degli studi di Milano

Timothy Leschke, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins University

David Lillis

University College Dublin

Zhiqiang Lin

The Ohio State University

David Loveall


Holger Morgenstern

Albstadt-Sigmaringen University

Erika Noerenberg

Carbon Black

Fernando Perez-Gonzalez

Universidad de Vigo

Gilbert Peterson

US Air Force Institute of Technology

Tu-Thach Quach

Sandia National Laboratories

Mark Scanlon, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Bradley Schatz, Ph.D.

Schatz Forensic

Elizabeth Schweinsberg


Jill Slay

La Trobe University

Christopher Stelly

University of New Orleans

Joe Sylve, Ph.D.

BlackBag Technologies

Wietse Venema, Ph.D.


Andrew White

Dell Secureworks

Junyuan Zeng

The University of Texas at Dallas

Ziming Zhao

Arizona State University

Tim Vidas, Ph.D.



DFRWS USA 2020 registration includes access to all presentations, breakfasts, a welcome reception, and entrance to the famous rodeo challenge. Additionally, registered attendees may attend a banquet (including presentation of best paper awards).

Early Registration runs through June 8, 2020.  Regular rate runs through July 4, 2020.  After that the rate is the Onsite Rate.

Group discounts are available. If you have a group larger than four, please contact

If you are a student in a Ph.D., Masters, or Bachelors degree program, you may qualify for a student grant covering part or all of your registration fee and/or travel expenses. While travel grants are normally reserved for students presenting original research papers at the conference, all applications will be reviewed.  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.  For more information, please contact

Type of Registration Early Bird Rate Regular Rate Last Chance Rate
Available through...
Regular 725 825 895
Student 500 575 675
Law Enforcement 550 625 725


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