The DFRWS USA 2024 Conference will be held Tuesday, July 9 through Friday, July 12 as a hybrid event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

Conference Location:

The DFRWS USA 2024 conference will be held in cooperation with Louisiana State University.

July 9, 2024 to July 12, 2024


DFRWS has secured a room block at the Cook Hotel. Rooms start at $107 in accordance with GSA rates. To take advantage of the DFRWS Group Rate, please book via this link which is valid no later than June, 19th 2024.

The Cook Hotel overlooks the scenic University Lake on the LSU campus and is the only independent boutique hotel in Baton Rouge. Parking is included and a shuttle service to the conference venue will be provided in the morning and evening.

For those who prefer to stay in downtown Baton Rouge, it is approx. 15 minutes drive from the LSU Campus (depending on time of day). There are several options to choose from, including Hotel Indigo  and the Hampton Inn.


For out of state visitors, Baton Rouge Airport (BTR) is the closest airport and has the best ground transportation options to reach the conference. BTR airport is served by American, Delta, and United with direct flights from Atlanta (ATL), Charlotte (CLT), Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW), Houston Intercontinental (IAH) and Washington DC (DCA).

New Orleans Airport (MSY) has more accessibility but is about 75 minutes from Baton Rouge by car via I-10 Interstate.  There are several limited ground transportation options available. There are also some train and bus options available, but they require interchanges and take a few hours.

The best option for conference attendees arriving at MSY is to take a taxi from MSY Airport to LSU in Baton Rouge.

Student Travel Grants

For this conference, student travel grants are available. Please check out the details here:

Social Event

We will have an exciting tour at the LSU Tiger Stadium as one of our Social Events. Here are some aerial views of this great place. Enjoy the video below for some atmosphere…


Digital Forensics and Incident Response for Critical Infrastructure

Chris Sistrunk | Technical Leader, ICS/OT, Mandiant

Chris Sistrunk is Technical Leader on the Mandiant ICS/OT Security Consulting team at Mandiant (part of Google Cloud) focusing on helping protect and secure critical infrastructure around the world for the last 10 years. As technical leader of the ICS/OT Consulting team, Chris leads ICS/OT assessment methodology development, helps clients better secure their ICS networks, analyzes client networks for threats, assists Mandiant incident response investigations involving control systems, and teaches Mandiant’s ICS security training courses.Before Mandiant, Chris was a Senior Engineer at Entergy for over 11 years where he was a subject matter expert for Transmission and Distribution SCADA and Substation Automation systems, and cyber security. Chris was awarded Energy Sector Security Professional of the Year in 2014.Chris is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana. He founded BSidesJackson, co-founded the BEER-ISAC, and helped organize the ICS Village at DEF CON 22. He holds BS electrical engineering and MS engineering and technology management degrees from Louisiana Tech University.

The View from the Edge: Detecting and Responding to Cyber Attacks Against Controllers in Critical Infrastructure

Dr. Tommy Morris | Director, Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education, Eminent Scholar and Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Dr. Tommy Morris currently serves as the founding Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education (CCRE) and as an Eminent Scholar and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Morris received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering in 2008 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a research emphasis in cyber security. His primary research interests include cyber security for industrial control systems and cyber physical systems. His recent research outcomes include vulnerability and exploit taxonomies, intrusion detection systems, and modeling and simulation of cyber physical systems for cybersecurity research and education. He has authored more than 80 peer reviewed research conference and journal articles in these areas. Dr. Morris’s research projects are funded by the US Army, National Security Agency, National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, NASA, the US Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research Development Center (ERDC), and multiple technology companies. Prior to joining UAH, Dr. Morris served at Mississippi State University from 2008-2015 and Texas Instruments (TI) from 1991-2008. Dr. Morris is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).


DFRWS invites contributions in the categories listed below. The submission details are listed below under SUBMISSION INFORMATION.

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.

NOTE: Deadlines have been extended!

PRESENTATIONS or DEMOS require a brief proposal (~500 words, not a full research 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 (~15 minutes) during the conference. Note that the presentation/demo will not be part of the published proceedings.

POSTERS allow for the presentation of current research efforts and the discussion of preliminary results with the Digital Forensics Community. Consequently, posters can include early results, a brief demonstration of a prototype, or can outline research ideas. Posters will be available on the website, and authors have the opportunity to present during breaks to receive feedback from the community. Note that posters will not be part of the published proceedings.

Note: All posters will be printed onsite.

WORKSHOPS or TUTORIALS 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. Workshops can cover state-of-the-art research projects, useful tips and techniques for standard tools, or almost anything that DFRWS attendees would consider beneficial. While commercial tools can be used, these workshops should NOT be thinly veiled commercial advertisements.

Note that DFRWS will provide one free conference registration for each workshop accepted.

PANEL PROPOSALS should be one to three pages long 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

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

Easychair submission:


The DFRWS USA organizing committee is currently planning the conference as a hybrid event, where attendees can attend virtually (via Zoom) or physically in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Note that this may change according to government regulations. Regardless of how you participate, the program will include Keynotes, Papers and Presentations, Hands-on Workshops, Poster and Demo Sessions, the Forensics Rodeo, Interactive Birds of a Feather Sessions, Lightning Talks, and, of course, Social Events.

Student Scholarship and Award Program

DFRWS continues its outreach to students studying digital forensics. DFRWS and its sponsors will award scholarships each year to students (first authors) 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 entirely contingent on scholarship sponsorship by industry each year. Refer to the website for further details regarding eligibility, funding, and selection (Student Scholarship & Award Program).


We kindly ask first to register and submit the title, abstract, and author information. The full paper is then due one week later. Note that there will be two rounds of reviews; the first round is early rejections after receiving initial reviews. The papers qualifying for the second round will receive additional reviews for the final decision.

Please take a look at the DEADLINES section below for specific dates.

Contact Information

For questions related to participation (e.g., research papers, presentations, etc.), please send an email to: usa-papers (at) dfrws (dot) org

For general questions about DFRWS USA, please send an email to: usa (at) dfrws (dot) org

DFRWS USA 2024 Student Travel Grants

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
  • 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
  • Covert channels (e.g., TOR, VPN)
  • Additive manufacturing / 3D printers
  • 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


February 5, 2024 Full research papers: Paper Submission Deadline of Abstract & Title
February 5, 2024 Full research papers: Submission update (paper upload)
February 15, 2024 Panel Proposals, Workshop, Tutorial, Presentations, Demos: Submission (Round 1)
February 28, 2024 Panel Proposals, Workshop, Tutorial, Presentations, Demos: Notification (Round 1)
March 2, 2024 Full research papers: Early rejection
March 30, 2024 Full research papers: Notification of acceptance
March 31, 2024 Panel Proposals, Workshop, Tutorial, Presentations, Demos: Submission (Round 2)
April 10, 2024 Panel Proposals, Workshop, Tutorial, Presentations, Demos: Notification (Round 2)
April 10, 2024 Full research papers: Camera Ready Paper Submission and Presenter Registration
April 28, 2024 Posters: Submission (no DOI / abstract publication)
May 20, 2024 Posters: Notification
May 31, 2024 Presentations: Submission (Round 3)
June 10, 2024 Birds of a Feather: Submission (no DOI / abstract publication)
June 10, 2024 Presentations: Notification (Round 3)
June 30, 2024 Posters: Upload reviewed and unreviewed posters. All posters will be printed onsite.


Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Aisha Ali-Gombe

Conference Vice Chair

Ibrahim Baggili

Volunteer and Local Chair

Golden G. Richard III

Social and Local Chair

Andrew Case

Chief Organizational Officer (C.O.O.)

Daryl Pfeif


Alex Nelson

Technical Program Chair

Irfan Ahmed

Technical Program Vice Chair

Heng Yin

Workshop Chair

Cesar Vargas

Workshop Vice Chair

Modhuparna Manna

Presentation Chair

Cheche Agada

Demo and Poster Chair

Kevin Fairbanks

Demo and Poster Vice Chair

Bhargav Rathod

WinFC Chair

Raphaela Mettig

Rodeo Chair

Madi Brumbelow

Rodeo Vice Chair

Michele Gilles

Proceeding Co-Chair

Parag Rughani

Proceeding Co-Chair

Frank Breitinger

Academic Outreach Chair

Irfan Ahmed

Academic Outreach Co-Vice Chair

Ali Hadi

Academic Outreach Co-Vice Chair

Wooyeon Jo

Industry Outreach Chair

Ibrahim Bagilli

Web Chair

Sebastian Weigmann

Web Vice Chair

David Loveall

Platform Chair

Dave Loveall

Platform Vice Chair

Kevin Fairbanks

Lightning Talks and BoF Chair

Frank Adelstein

Pre-records Chair

Alex Nelson

Sponsorship Chair

Daryl Pfeif

Sponsorship Vice Chair


Registration Chair


Keynote Chair

Golden G. Richard III

Member at large

Wietse Venema

Technical Program Committee

Aisha Ali-Gombe, Ph.D.

Louisiana State University

Alex Nelson, Ph.D.

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Andrew Case


Brendan Saltaformaggio, Ph.D.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Changhoon Lee, Ph.D.

Seoul National University of Science and Technology

Christopher Stelly

University of New Orleans

David Loveall

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Elizabeth Schweinsberg

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Farkhund Iqbal, Ph.D.

Zayed University

Farzad Salim, Ph.D.

Splunk Inc.

Fernando Perez-Gonzalez, Ph.D.

University of Vigo

Florian Buchholz, Ph.D.

James Madison University

Frank Adelstein, Ph.D.

NFA Digital, LLC

Frank Breitinger, Ph.D.

University of Lausanne

George Grispos, Ph.D.

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Golden Richard, Ph.D.

Louisiana State University

Huw Read, Ph.D.

Norwich University

James Wagner, Ph.D.

University of New Orleans

Karan Dwivedi


Mark Guido

The MITRE Corporation

Mark Scanlon, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Michael Losavio

University of Louisville

Neil C Rowe, Ph.D.

Naval Postgraduate School

Parag Rughani, Ph.D.

National Forensic Sciences University, India

Paul Giura

AT&T Security Research Center

Rima Awad, Ph.D.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Saed Alrabaee, Ph.D.

United Arab Emirates University

Sharee Dorsey

Cleveland Clinic

Shiva Houshmand, Ph.D.

Santa Clara University

Stefan Axelsson, Ph.D.

Stockholm University

Sudhir Aggarwal, Ph.D.

Florida State University

Taeshik Shon, Ph.D.

Ajou University

Taesic Kim, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University

Tamas Lengyel, Ph.D.


Tu-Thach Quach, Ph.D.

Sandia National Labs

Umit Karabiyik, Ph.D.

Purdue University

Wietse Venema, Ph.D.


Xiaodong Lin, Ph.D.

University of Guelph

Xiaolu Zhang, Ph.D.

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Yin Pan, Ph.D.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Yong Guan, Ph.D.

Iowa State University

Alexander Rasin, Ph.D.

DePaul University

Zhenxiao Qi

UC Riverside

Wooyeon Jo, Ph.D.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Syed Ali Qasim, Ph.D.

Grand Valley State University

Muhammad Haris Rais, Ph.D.

Virginia State University

Adeen Ayub

Virginia Commonwealth University

Hany Atlam, Ph.D.

Warwick University UK

Gokila Dorai, Ph.D.

Augusta University

Vassil Roussev, Ph.D.

University of New Orleans

Rinku Dewri, Ph.D.

University of Denver

Ryan Maggio, Ph.D.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Ibrahim Baggili, Ph.D.

Louisiana State University

Shinelle Hutchinson, Ph.D.


Atefeh Ejiyeh

University of California, Santa Barbara

Jonathan Fuller, Ph.D.

United States Military Academy

Emmanuel Pilli, Ph.D.

Malaviya National Institute of Technology


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Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University (LSU) is a leading academic institution, renowned for its pioneering research and expertise in cybersecurity and digital forensics. Recognized as one of the elite 22 universities designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO), LSU consistently pushes the boundaries in these domains. As the proud sponsor of the DFRWS conference, LSU exemplifies dedication to advancing knowledge and fostering collaboration in digital forensics and related fields. The university's rich legacy and commitment to innovation underscore its stature as a premier hub for Cyberforensics research and education.

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Hexordia specializes in digital forensics research, training, development, and services. We research mobile devices to include live analysis, acquisition, and support of new native and 3rd party artifacts. We provide training in the areas Mobile Device Forensics, Mobile Advanced Acquisitions, Internet of Things Forensics, Parsing Unsupported Applications, Mac Forensics and more. We develop tools to support digital forensics researchers and practitioners. We perform digital forensic services for government customers providing practical experience to our research, training, and development. We specialize in supporting the unsupported and finding new and novel methodologies to deal with mobile artifacts. Hexordia a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB).

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Metafor LLC

Metafor LLC specializes in digital forensics and compliance assurance. We are conscientious and credible fact-finders who resolve questions involving electronic evidence that arise during legal, regulatory, and investigative matters. Areas of focus include determining whether electronic documents, emails, and text messages have been forged, backdated, or otherwise altered; and timelining activity on computers, smart phones, networks, and cloud platforms. Based in New York City, Metafor is led by Michael F. McGowan, who has been at the forefront of applying digital forensics, statistical analysis, and investigative skills to clarify issues involving electronic data for over 20 years.

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Project VIC International

At Project VIC International we build modern technologies to help our partners rescue children from sexual exploitation. We are a non-profit whose technologies are used by thousands of law enforcement officers worldwide, enabling them to find new victims faster. Our partners put our technologies into the popular tool suites used by law enforcement each day.

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