Digital Forensics Research Conference USA 2022 (DFRWS USA 2022)
July 11 - 14, 2022
Fully virtual event

Full paper submission deadline: January 31, 2022

1) Topics of Interest
DFRWS welcomes new perspectives that push the envelope of what is
currently possible in digital forensic. 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)
- Implanted 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

2) 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.

PRESENTATIONS / DEMOS require a brief proposal (~500 words; 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. Note, 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,
posters will not be part of the published proceedings.

WORKSHOPS / TUTORIALS can be 2 or 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 most
anything that DFRWS attendees would consider beneficial. While
commercial tools can be used, these workshops 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.

3) 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:

4) Venue
For the past two events, we successfully replicated all the components
of the regular physical DFRWS event for DFRWS USA and EU, both held
online, incorporating the formal technical program and the social
events. Due to the uncertainty surrounding potential travel
restrictions for the 2022 event due to COVID-19, we have made the
decision early to run DFRWS USA 2022 fully online. Despite the
conference running online, DFRWS USA 2022 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.

5) 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).

6) Contact Information

Additional information about DFRWS USA 2022 is available on website:

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

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

7) Deadlines (all deadlines are Anywhere on Earth)
Full Research Papers deadline: January 31, 2022

Notification of acceptance: ~ March 15, 2020

Camera Ready Paper Submission and Presenter Registration: March 31, 2022

Panel Proposals, Workshop / Tutorial and Presentations / Demos deadline:
Round 1: Submit by February 15, 2022; notified by February 28, 2022
Round 2: Submit by March 31, 2022, notified by April 10, 2022

Poster deadline: June 10, 2022 (no DOI / abstract publication)