Kripos New Building
Conference Location: 
National Criminal Investigation Service (KRIPOS)

According to the Norse sagas, Oslo was founded around 1049 by Harald Hardrada. Recent archaeological research, however, has uncovered Christian burials which can be dated to prior to AD 1000, evidence of a preceding urban settlement. This called for the celebration of Oslo's millennium in 2000. It has been regarded as the capital city of Norway since the reign of Haakon V of Norway (1299–1319), the first king to reside permanently in the city. Oslo occupies an arc of land at the northernmost end of the Oslofjord. The city is surrounded by green hills and mountains. There are 40 islands within the city limits.

DFRWS EU 2019 would like to extend a special thanks to Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service, commonly known as KRIPOS. The generous support of KRIPOS as a Co-Organizer of the event has made it possible to bring the DFRWS conference to Oslo.

DFRWS EU 2019 will be held at the KRIPOS Headquarters at Bryn, Oslo. Kripos has several roles, of which the main ones are to be a national centre of expertise for the Norwegian police, point of contact for international police cooperation, data controller for national police databases, and a national police forensic laboratory. In addition Kripos has cyber crime investigation expertise and an advanced digital forensics lab. 

Kripos has been located at Bryn since the autumn 2000, at the location of an old farm close to the Alna river with a history dating from at least 1200 CE. The original name of the place (Bruvin) indicates that the place has been pastureland before the viking age. The farm was demolished in the 1950's and is now a mixed residential and industrial area, and is a public transportation hub with buses, a subway station (Brynseng) and a train station. 

In 2017, the construction of a new building next to the old Kripos building was finished, which included a modern conference centre. DFRWS EU 2019 is the first international academic conference held in this new conference centre.  

Some more information of the main roles can be found here: http://www.politiet.no/en/om/organisasjonen/sarorganene/kripos/key-roles-of-ncis/

Social events and lunches are included in the registration fee. However, accomodation is not included. Accomodation is the responsibility of DFRWS attendees. There are many nice hotels throughout Oslo to choose from.

A bulk reservation has been made at the hotel nearest to the conference venue, Scandic Helsfyr Hotel, for information contact Hilde Melheim Hilde.Melheim@scandichotels.com and bookings should be make using the booking code BKRI230419.

As an alternative, hotel rooms may be booked at Smarthotel. Contact person: Kim Kallåk-Ertsås, ke@smarthotel.no. Smarthotel (https://www.smarthotels.no/oslo) can offer affordable rooms in the city centre, in walking distance (500 m) to the Metro station "Nationaltheateret". Eastbound Metro lines 1, 2, 3 and 4 go to "Brynseng" station, close to the conference venue. The price is NOK 820 for single room, and NOK 1020 for double room. The rooms are reserved at this rate until March 9, 2019, For this option send email to post.oslo@smarthotel.no, or call at +47 415 36 500. Please state the order number "205869" for booking. The hotel will need a payment card number at booking time, and payment at check in time.


DFRWS invites contributions in five categories

  • Research papers
  • Practitioner / industry researcher presentations
  • Hands-on workshops / tutorials
  • Panel discussions
  • Demos and posters


RESEARCH PAPERS undergo double-blinded peer review, and the proceedings are published by Elsevier as a special issue of the Journal of Digital Investigation.

PRESENTATIONS, POSTERS, and DEMOS require a brief proposal, 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. Presentation proposals must specify their target length from the following options: 20 minutes, 120 minutes (2 hours), 240 minutes (4 hours), or full day. Note, longer presentations and hands-on tutorials are referred to as ‘workshops’ described below.

WORKSHOPS / TUTORIALS can be several hours or full day, and typically 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 or tutorials should NOT be thinly-veiled commercial advertisements.

PANEL PROPOSALS: These should be one to three pages and clearly describe the topic, its relevance, and a list of potential panelists and their biographies. Panels will be evaluated based on the topic relevance and diversity of the panelists.

DFRWS will provide one free conference registration for each accepted workshop / tutorial.


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
  • Social networking analysis and OSINT (Open Source Intelligence)
  • 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
Submission Information

Submission criteria and templates are provided here: Proposal Requirements & Submission Instructions

All research paper and practitioner presentation submissions must be submitted through the EasyChair site at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dfrwseu2019. Submissions must be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Tutorial/workshop proposals must be emailed to eu-workshops <at> dfrws <dot> org in PDF or plain text format.

Panel proposals must be emailed to eu-panels <at> dfrws <dot> org in PDF or plain text format.


Student Scholarship and Award Program

DFRWS continues its outreach to students studying digital forensics. DFRWS and its sponsors will award one or more Student Travel Scholarships each year to students who present their accepted research papers. One scholarship will be awarded to the Best Student Research Paper awardee. More travel scholarships may be awarded, depending on sponsorship funding each year. Exact award amounts will vary, but are estimated to be between $1,000-$1,500 per award. Students must register (and pay the registration fee) for the conference and cover all travel expenses. The travel scholarships will be dispersed at the conference to reimburse student travel costs. 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).

Contact Information

Additional information about DFRWS EU 2019 is available on website: https://dfrws.org/conferences/dfrws-eu-2019

For questions related to paper, presentation, and demo submissions, please send email to: eu-papers <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions about workshop/tutorial proposals, please send email to: eu-workshops <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions related to the organisation of DFRWS-EU 2019 please send email to: eu <at> dfrws <dot> org


Workshop / Tutorials Proposals Submission Deadline October 31, 2018
Papers / Presentations / Panel Proposals Submission Deadline November 4, 2018
Demo / Poster Proposals Submission Deadline January 21, 2019
Camera Ready Paper Submission and Presenter Registration January 23, 2019


Organizing Committee

Conference Co-Chair: Katrin Franke (Norwegian University of Technology and Science)
Conference Co-Chair: Bruce Nikkel, Ph.D. (Bern University of Applied Sciences)
Program Co-Chair: Holger Morgenstern (Albstadt-Sigmaringen University)
Program Co-Chair: Mark Scanlon, Ph.D. (University College Dublin)
Local Arrangements Co-Chair: Steffen Thorkildsen
Local Arrangements Co-Chair: Maria Henningson
Keynote Chair: Craig Valli
Workshop Chair: Ali Dehghantanha (University of Guelph)
Workshop Chair: John Sheppard (Waterford Institute of Technology)
Rodeo Chair: Felix Freiling (Friedrich-Alexander-University)
Rodeo Chair: Mattia Epifani (ITTIG - CNR)
Forensic Challenge Chair: Eoghan Casey, Ph.D. (University of Lausanne)
Poster Chair: Jens-Petter Sandvik (Norwegian University of Technology and Science)
Proceedings Chair: Babak Habibnia (University College Dublin)
Web Chair: Mark Scanlon, Ph.D. (University College Dublin)
Outreach and Social Media Chair: Scar de Courcier (Forensic Focus)
Sponsorship Chair: David-Olivier Jaquet-Chiffelle (University of Lausanne)

Technical Program Committee

Frank Adelstein, Ph.D. (NFA Digital)
Abhijit Ambekar
Olga Angelopoulou (University of Hertfordshire)
Cosimo Anglano (Universitá del Piemonte Orientale)
Harald Baier (University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt)
Nicole Beebe, Ph.D. (UTSA)
Emmanuel Benoist
David Billard (University of Applied Sciences in Geneva)
Elias Bou-Harb (National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance / Concordia University )
Owen Brady (King's College London)
Frank Breitinger (University of New Haven)
Ahmad Raza Cheema (National University of Sciences and Technology)
Jack Cole
Patrick De Smet (NICC/INCC)
Mattia Epifani (ITTIG - CNR)
Katrin Franke (Norwegian University of Technology and Science)
Felix Freiling (Friedrich-Alexander-University)
Zeno Geradts (Netherlands Forensic Institute)
Pavel Gladyshev, Ph.D. (University College Dublin)
Oliver Goebel
Michael Gruhn (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Detlef Guenther (Volkswagen AG)
Hans Henseler, Ph.D. (University of Applied Sciences Leiden)
Mario Hildebrandt (Universität Magdeburg)
Jan-Niclas Hilgert
Graeme Horsman
Joshua James (Digital Forensic Investigation Research Laboratory, Hallym University)
David-Olivier Jaquet-Chiffelle (University of Lausanne)
Christian Keil (DFN-CERT)
Stefan Kiltz (Universität Magdeburg)
Christian Kraetzer
Hanno Langweg (HTWG Konstanz)
Nhien An Le Khac (University College Dublin)
Timothy Leschke, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University)
David Lillis
Holger Morgenstern (Albstadt-Sigmaringen University)
Bruce Nikkel, Ph.D. (Bern University of Applied Sciences)
Gilbert Peterson (US Air Force Institute of Technology)
Gaston Pugliese
Christian Riess
Dror Rimon
Vassil Roussev, Ph.D. (University of New Orleans)
Mark Scanlon, Ph.D. (University College Dublin)
Bradley Schatz, Ph.D. (Schatz Forensic)
Tobias Scheible (Albstadt-Sigmaringen University)
Thomas Schreck
Marko Schuba (FH Aachen)
Peter Sommer
Michael Spreitzenbarth (Siemens CERT)
Marian Svetlik (Risk Analysis Consultants)
Christina Thorpe (Institute of Technology Blanchardstown)
Simon Tjoa
Wietse Venema, Ph.D. (Google)
Tim Vidas, Ph.D. (Carnegie Mellon University)
Claus Vielhauer (FH Brandenburg)
Erwin van Eijk (Netherlands Forensic Institute)
Jeroen van den Bos (Netherlands Forensic Institute)
Ronald van der Knijff


DFRWS EU Registration is Open!  Registration includes DFRWS Workshops, the Main Conference Event, Lunch, Refreshments, Social Events and the DFRWS Rodeo.

Type of RegistrationEarly BirdRegular RateOnsite Registration
Law Enforcement€475€525€600
Rates Valid UntilExpires 3rd of March4th March - April12thApril 13th-April 26th