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 the 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 was 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, the 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:

Social events and lunches are included in the registration fee. However, accommodation is not included.

Public transport information:

For information on public transport including buses, trams, metro lines, and ferries including ticketing and timetables, please see this document.  We’ve also prepared a useful local information document.

Forensic Rodeo

The DFRWS Forensic Rodeo is a friendly, but fierce, capture-the-flag style forensics competition held during and after the conference dinner at the DFRWS EU conference. Attendees can participate in teams. This page explains the context and the challenges of the 2019 rodeo:

Conference Location:

National Criminal Investigation Service (KRIPOS) Oslo Norway


April 24, 2019 to April 26, 2019

Accommodation 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 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, Smarthotel ( 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, 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.


Where Are We Headed? Considerations for Digital Forensics of Emerging Technologies

Steve Watson | VTO Labs

Steve Watson is a technologist focused in the areas of data recovery, forensics, risk and compliance. His career spans two decades and a variety of technology environments from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the ground-breaking technology startup, VTO Labs.

Watson is the Principal Investigator for two U.S. government scientific programs focused on digital forensics. His research in the area of data recovery and digital forensics is focused on new and emerging technologies and extremely damaged devices. Watson’s expertise lies in getting data off of electronic devices that are challenging for others - damaged devices, old devices, new devices and unsupported devices. He brings a full research portfolio that has assisted his corporate, government and law enforcement connections around the world.He is a member of the Digital Evidence subcommittee of the NIST, Organization of Scientific Area Committees, where he serves as the Task Group Chair for mobile device forensics. He also serves as the Chair of the Forensics Committee on the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) representing expertise in mobile devices, emerging technologies and damaged devices. Watson is also the founder of the recently announced International Consortium on Digital Forensics for the Internet of Things.

Thomas Walmann | ØKOKRIM

Thomas Walmann has a background as an experimental physicist with a Ph.D. in statistical physics. After finishing his Ph.D., he undertook cross-disciplinary research in the oil and gas industry, geology, biophysics, aluminum processing, as well as other fields in academia for 10 years. About 15 years ago, he joined the Norwegian police as head of digital forensics and ICT operations at ØKOKRIM - the economic and environmental crime agency in Norway. There he has participated in most operations and development of the evidence handling the infrastructure for large criminal cases – the ridiculously large cases - with more than 100 million real documents.


DFRWS EU 2019 Norway

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 of relevance and diversity of the panelists.

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

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 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).

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

Click Here For Proposal Requirements


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


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)

Chief Organizational Officer

Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions and DFRWS)

Local Arrangements Co-Chair

Steffen Thorkildsen

Local Arrangements Co-Chair

Marina Shalaginova

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

NFA Digital

Abhijit Ambekar

Olga Angelopoulou

University of New Haven

Cosimo Anglano

Universitá del Piemonte Orientale

Harald Baier

University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt

Nicole Beebe, Ph.D.


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


Mattia Epifani


Katrin Franke

Norwegian University of Technology and Science

Felix Freiling


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


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

University College Dublin

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

Christina Thorpe

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

Thomas Schreck

Marko Schuba

FH Aachen

Peter Sommer

Michael Spreitzenbarth

Siemens CERT

Marian Svetlik

Risk Analysis Consultants

Simon Tjoa

Wietse Venema, Ph.D.


Jeroen van den Bos

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Tim Vidas, Ph.D.

Carnegie Mellon University

Claus Vielhauer

FH Brandenburg

Erwin van Eijk

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Ronald van der Knijff


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


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:

Magnet Forensics

Magnet Forensics is a global leader in digital investigative technology and was built on a foundation of helping and empowerment. We help investigative teams find more evidence and empower them to uncover the truth.Our products are designed to leverage the latest technological innovations to help law enforcement, consultants, military, and private enterprise address these issues. We use AI, automation, advanced searching techniques, modern data visualization and more to help investigative teams find digital evidence and understand the story it is telling.

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Our international team of experts combines the latest attack techniques on hardware and software to explore the strength of any product. With our foundation in hardware testing, we are uniquely positioned to evaluate security where hardware and software challenges meet. We specialize in the security of devices that operate in an untrusted or hostile context.Used by organizations worldwide, the integrated modular platform of Inspector combines cutting edge side channel analysis (DPA) and fault injection testing. Custom designed hardware and software enable government institutions, defense organizations, security evaluation laboratories and chip manufacturers around the globe to perform time efficient, reproducible, cutting edge security research.

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Compelson, in the forensics field since 1996, will present their new generation tools. The all-in-one MOBILedit Forensic Express is capable of a wide range of deleted data recovery, advanced application data analysis, multiple-device concurrent extractions, beautiful reports and huge phone base support. Free on-demand application analysis will be introduced.Also to be presented is the pioneering digital photo analysis tool, Camera Ballistics, that matches a photo to a camera or phone, like a bullet to a gun answering the question if a photo was taken by an analyzed device. The tool uses the latest research in mathematics and physics.

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Forensic Focus

Forensic Focus is the web's leading digital forensics portal for computer forensics and eDiscovery professionals. Founded in July 2002, the site quickly developed a reputation for encouraging open discussion and information sharing in support of best practice development within the digital forensics industry. Although perhaps best known for its busy forums, Forensic Focus also offers breaking industry news, a worldwide directory of computer forensics education courses, interviews with industry thought leaders, job vacancy listings, a growing articles section and a monthly email newsletter with over 16,000 subscribers. For those looking to expand their professional network, Forensic Focus runs LinkedIn's largest digital forensics group.

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Oxygen Forensics, Inc

Oxygen Forensics was founded in 2000 as a PC-to-Mobile Communication software company. This experience has allowed our team of mobile device experts to become unmatched in understanding mobile device communication protocols. With this knowledge, we have built innovative techniques into our Oxygen Forensic® Detective allowing our users to access much more critical information than competing forensic analysis tools. We offer the most advanced forensic data examination tools for mobile and IoT devices, smartwatches, cloud services and drones. Oxygen Forensic® products have been successfully used in more than 150 countries across the globe including the USA, UK, Germany, Austria, France, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Finland, Australia, China, Singapore, Brazil, etc.

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Norwegian University of Science and Technology

NTNU is a university with an international focus, with headquarters in Trondheim and campuses in Ålesund and Gjøvik. NTNU has a main profile in science and technology, a variety of programmes of professional study, and great academic breadth.

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Norway's National Criminal Investigation Service, The NCIS (Norwegian name: Kripos), was established in 1959. The NCIS received prosecution powers in 2005, has about 570 staff (2018), and reports to the National Police Directorate.

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Evimetry is a system for accelerating workflow at the front end of forensic processes, encompassing acquisition, live analysis, triage, and remote forensics.

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Student Scholarship

Facebook is pleased to sponsor scholarships for students to attend DFRWS. Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

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Google - Student Scholarship Sponsor

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google is pleased to sponsor scholarships for students to attend DFRWS.

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CCIS - Community Builder

Centre for Cyber and Information Security (NTNU CCIS) is a national center for research, education and competence development within the area of cyber and information security. NTNU CCIS is a public-private partnership with 26 private and public partners from industry, academia, privacy, and security.

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Workshop Sponsor

Whether in teaching, research or further education: The Department of Technology and Computer Science BFH-TI convinces with extraordinary successes.

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Ars Forensica Project - In Partnership with DFRWS

The overall objective of Ars Forensica is to provide new knowledge that can significantly improve the prevention, preparedness, investigation and prosecution of incidents in ICT environments, without compromising privacy and the rule of law.

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Our mission is to drive the industry of mobile forensics

MSAB was founded in 1984 and we have a vast experience in mobile technology. Together with pioneering law enforcement organizations we have helped create the mobile forensics industry and we are still committed to driving and leading it forward. Our task is to develop the best possible solutions for mobile forensics and our reason for being is to help our customers do their job for society.

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