DFRWS is the leading digital forensics research conference and the 11th annual conference was held from August 1 to 3, 2011 in New Orleans. The conference was last held there in 2005, right before the floods. See the location page for more information about this years hotel, which is located adjacent to the French Quarter. More details will be posted as we figure them out. The 2011 conference was held in cooperation with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and its Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC).
Congratulations to Robert Beverly, Simson Garfinkel and Greg Cardwell for winning the Best Paper Award. We would also like to congratulate Ivo Pooters, Steffen Moorrees & Pascal Arends from Fox-IT in the Netherlands for winning the Forensics Challenge. Thanks to the organizing committee, program committee, and sponsors for helping to make the conference go so smoothly.
This page provides access to many resources from the conference:
The annual DFRWS conference allows leading digital forensics researchers from government, industry, and academia to present their work and results to fellow researchers and practitioners. Many of the most cited digital forensics papers have been presented at DFRWS and the annual challenge has spawned research in important areas. Initial results and tool prototypes are also presented during the Works in Progress and demo sessions.
The conference typically has about 100 people and is therefore small enough so that attendees meet each other and can interact with the speakers. A tradition of DFRWS as been its casual and interactive atmosphere where break out sessions exist to discuss topics related to the presentations. There are also opportunities to interact during the welcome reception and banquet. After the banquet, attendees can put their forensics skills to the test when they form teams to participate in the annual Forensics Rodeo, which is a challenge that requires participants to analyze data and answer questions.
The DFRWS has a limited number of scholarships which may be awarded to students presenting a paper at the DFRWS Conference. The intent is to help alleviate the financial burden on a student who might otherwise be unable to attend due to the cost of hotel expenses and registration. To be eligible to receive a scholarship, the applicant must meet ALL of the following requirements:
Typically, scholarships only help defray the costs of lodging and registration. Scholarships are not transferable or otherwise redeemable. Consideration for scholarships will not take place until after the acceptance of papers. Scholarship requests have no bearing on whether or not a paper is accepted for presentation.
Scholarship requests must be submitted by April 25, 2011 (the same day that final drafts are due). Authors will be notified by May 29, 2011. The request must include a cover letter that explains why you should receive a scholarship. Prior to award, scholarship candidates will be required to provide written correspondence from a faculty advisor to the DFRWS (details provided to potential awardees when needed).
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