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

Accomodations

DFRWS has secured a room block at the Cook Hotel. Rooms start at $107 in accordance with GSA rates.

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.

Transportation

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: https://dfrws.org/usa-2024-student-travel-grants/

Participation

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.

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 (https://dfrws.org/submission-criteria/). Organizers may reject work that does not follow the listed criteria.

Easychair submission: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dfrwsusa2024

Venue

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).

Deadlines

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

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

Deadlines

DateEvent
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
June 10, 2024 Birds of a Feather: Submission (no DOI / abstract publication)

Committees

Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Aisha Ali-Gombe

Conference Vice Chair

TBD

Volunteer and Local Chair

Golden G. Richard III

Social and Local Chair

Andrew Case

Chief Organizational Officer (C.O.O.)

Daryl Pfeif

Secretary

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

TBD

Registration Chair

TBD

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

Volatility

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

Google

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.

Intel

Tu-Thach Quach, Ph.D.

Sandia National Labs

Umit Karabiyik, Ph.D.

Purdue University

Wietse Venema, Ph.D.

Google

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.

Walmart

Atefeh Ejiyeh

University of California, Santa Barbara

Jonathan Fuller, Ph.D.

United States Military Academy

Emmanuel Pilli, Ph.D.

Malaviya National Institute of Technology

Sponsors

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

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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