17 - Jan 2024

Register Now to Join DFRWS-EU in Zaragoza in March!

Registration is now open for the upcoming Digital Forensics Research Workshop in Zaragoza, Spain 19-22 March, 2024! Register here to join us at the University of Zaragoza campus in the historic Catalans region.

Early Bird registration will be open until Sunday, 28 January. Register before then for a $100 per ticket discount!

A Sneak Peek at DFRWS-EU 2024 Content

The full program for DFRWS-EU has yet to be finalized, but if you’re considering joining us in Zaragoza, we thought a sneak peek of the papers and workshops we’ve accepted might help you decide:

DFRWS-EU will offer 8 workshops

These workshops will be offered across multiple tracks:

*An earlier version of this blog listed Hexordia’s Jessica Hyde in error as a co-presenter.

Papers are a mix of new and ongoing research

Again, the following list represents a small subsection of accepted papers. The full program will be available soon.

  • An Abstract Model for Digital Forensic Tools – A Foundation for Systematic Error Mitigation Analysis (Hargreaves, Nelson, Casey)
  • Nyon Unchained: Forensic Analysis of Bosch’s eBike Board Computers (Stachak, Geus, Pugliese, Freiling)
  • PHASER: Perceptual Hashing Algorithms Evaluation and Results – a Forensic Framework (McKeown, Aaby, Steyven), a continuation of work presented at DFRWS EU 2023
  • FAIRness in digital forensics datasets’ metadata – and how to improve it (Mombelli, Lyle, Breitinger); this follows the taxonomy of forensics datasets presented at DFRWS USA 2023
  • Exploiting RPMB authentication in a closed source TEE implementation (Fukami, Buurke, Geradts)
  • Well Played, Suspect! – Forensic Examination of the Handheld Gaming Console “Steam Deck” ( Eichhorn, Schneider, Pugliese)
  • Grand Theft API: A Forensic Analysis of Vehicle Cloud Data (Ebbers, Gense, Bakkouch, Freiling, Schinzel)
  • ChatGPT, Llama, can you write my report? An experiment on assisted digital forensic reports written using (Local) Large Language Models (Michelet and Breitinger)
  • Problem solved: a reliable, deterministic method for JPEG fragmentation point detection (van der Meer, van den Bos, Jonker, Dassen)

Additionally, a 10-Year Review of DFRWS-EU and Future Directions in Digital Forensic Research will be offered by Frank Breitinger, Chris Hargreaves, Jan-Niclas Hilgert, John Sheppard, Rebekah Overdorf and Mark Scanlon. The authors surveyed all 135 peer-reviewed articles published at the Digital Forensics Research Conference Europe (DFRWS EU) since its inaugural event in 2014, resulting in a systematic literature review and comprehensive analysis. The effort offers insights into the evolution of digital forensic research efforts over the past decade, and informs some identified future research directions.

Poster proposals still open

Poster submissions are open through March 17. Notifications will be made on a rolling basis until these slots are filled, so submit early for the best chance! Please follow the submission criteria and guidelines and submit through the DFRWS EasyChair site.

Collocation with the Women in Forensic Computing event

The Women in Forensic Computing Workshop and Bootcamp is returning this March! Held in cooperation with DFRWS EU 2024 in Zaragoza, Spain (and virtually) on March 18, 2024, this event is part of a workshop series that started in 2019. It is designed to:

  • Introduce digital forensics to prospective researchers and practitioners.
  • Increase student interest in digital forensic science as a career or research field.
  • Highlight the achievements of women in digital forensics.
  • Help women build their technical confidence.

As always, the workshop will be free of charge. It will include technical presentations and panels, delivered by women, that introduce fundamental and current topics as well as some hands-on experience. To learn more and register, read here.

About Zaragoza

Located in northeastern Spain, Zaragoza sits along the Ebro River and is known for its folklore, local cuisine, and historical landmarks. The public University of Zaragoza is one of the oldest universities in Spain and a major research and development center.

The university’s emblematic Paraninfo building will serve as the site for the DFRWS welcome reception. Nearby is the historic library, known formally as the Biblioteca del Paraninfo de la Universidad de Zaragoza.

Roman, Islamic, and Baroque architecture all influence the city’s historic beauty. We’ll be planning outings and events in the old part of the city, but you can also tour points of interest such as the Basílica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral and the Aljafería Palace, the latter two of which form part of the Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Locally, a tram available for transportation from university grounds to points around the rest of the city.

Learn more and register at the conference website here!