Planning for DFRWS USA 2021 is underway, and we are taking our time to plan an all-virtual event for July 12-14, 2021.  The Call for Papers is has been extended through March 7, 2021.  Research papers are accepted via EasyChair.  The Call for Presentations and Workshops is open through April 12, 2021. 

We are thinking hard about what worked in 2020, and what can be even better in 2021.  Stay tuned here and on Twitter @dfrws.

Conference Location:

On the Internet

July 12, 2021 to July 14, 2021


We invite contributions in five categories: research papers, presentation proposals, panel proposals, workshop proposals, and demo proposals.  Due dates and submission method are listed below.

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 through March 7, 2021.

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 April 12, 2021.

Submit workshops and tutorials as a PDF to, by April 12, 2021.

POSTERS and DEMOS typically are held in one or two sessions at the end of the day or during a lunch break and allow presenters to discuss ideas or demonstrate new tools and techniques and get feedback from interested parties.  Though DFRWS-US 2021 will be virtual, the program will accommodate interactive presentations with participants.

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 Research Paper awardee — it will include registration, 4 nights hotel at the conference hotel, and $595, for the next in-person USA conference.  One or more Student Attendance Scholarships will also be awarded to include registration for DFRWS USA 2021. More travel scholarships may be awarded, depending on sponsorship funding each year. See the DFRWS website for further details, such as 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
07/03/2021 Call for Papers Due
02/04/2021 Author notification
12/04/2021 Calls for Presentations and Workshops Due
19/04/2021 Workshop and Presentation Notifications


Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Tim Vidas, Ph.D. (SecureWorks)

Conference Vice Chair

Alex Nelson, Ph.D. (NIST)

Technical Program Chair

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

Technical Program Vice Chair

Andrew Case (Volexity)

Keynote Chair

Joe Sylve, Ph.D. (Cellebrite)

Workshops Chair

Matthew Geiger (Qintel)

Rodeo Chair

Andrew White (Dell Secureworks)

Event Management/Production

Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions and DFRWS)


Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions and DFRWS)

Web Chair

Elizabeth Schweinsberg (Facebook)

Industry and Publicity

Jessica Hyde (George Mason University / Magnet Forensics )

Platform Chair

Dave Loveall (FBI)

Frank Adelstein, Ph.D. (NFA Digital)

Nicole Beebe, Ph.D. (UTSA)

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

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

Mark Guido (The MITRE Corporation)

Cory Hall (MITRE)

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

Erika Noerenberg (Carbon Black)

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

Bradley Schatz, Ph.D. (Schatz Forensic)

Wietse Venema, Ph.D. (Google)

Technical Program Committee

Golden Richard III, Ph.D.

Louisiana State University

Andrew Case


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 Lausanne

Florian Buchholz

James Madison University

Michael Cohen

Velocidex Enterprises

Ali Dehghantanha

University of Guelph

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

Xiaodong Lin, Ph.D.

University of Guelph

Zhiqiang Lin

The Ohio State University

David Loveall


Holger Morgenstern

Albstadt-Sigmaringen University

Alex Nelson, Ph.D.


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

US Digital Service

Jill Slay

La Trobe University

Christopher Stelly

University of New Orleans

Joe Sylve, Ph.D.


Wietse Venema, Ph.D.


Tim Vidas, Ph.D.


Andrew White

Dell Secureworks

Junyuan Zeng

The University of Texas at Dallas

Ziming Zhao

University at Buffalo


DFRWS USA 2021 registration will include access to all presentations, keynotes, workshops, and entrance to the famous rodeo challenge.  More details to follow in 2021.

Because the conference is being held online, there is only 1 price, no matter when you register!  But, there are combo passes so you can attend DFRWS APAC, EU, and USA for one low price.

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.  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... July 12, 2021 July 14, 2020
Regular TBD
Government TBD
Student TBD