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Sixth International Workshop on
Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensic Engineering
In conjunction with
IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium,
Oakland, CA, USA, May 26, 2011

Call for Papers

Important Dates:

Deadline for paper and panel proposal submissions has been extended to: 03/15/2011
Notification of paper/panel decision: 04/15/2011
Deadline for final paper camera ready copy: 04/25/2011
Deadline for poster session abstracts: 04/15/2011
Notification of poster decision: 04/21/2011
IEEE/SADFE-2011 workshop date: 05/26, 2011

Paper submissions due: February 18, 2011

The SADFE (Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensic Engineering) International Workshop promotes systematic approaches to cyber crime investigations, by furthering the advancement of digital forensic engineering as a disciplined science and practice.

Today’s digital artifacts permeate our lives and are part of every crime and every case of digital discovery. The field of digital forensics faces many challenges, including scale, scope and presentation of highly technical information in legal venues to nontechnical audiences. Digital evidence may be extant for only nanoseconds or for years; they may consist of a single modified bit, or huge volumes of data; they may be found locally or spread globally throughout a complex digital infrastructure on public or private systems. 

Following the success of previous SADFE workshops, cyber crime investigations and digital forensics tools will continue to be the key topics of the meeting. We also welcome a broader range of digital forensics papers that do not necessarily involve either crime or digital forensics tools. General attack analysis, the insider threat, insurance and compliance investigations, similar forms of retrospective analysis, and digital discovery are all viable topics.

Past speakers and attendees of SADFE have included computer and information scientists, social scientists, digital forensic practitioners, IT professionals, law enforcement, lawyers, and judges. The synthesis of science with practice and the law with technology form the foundation of this conference.

Workshop Topics

SADFE addresses the gap between today’s practice and the establishment of digital forensics as a science. To advance the field, SADFE-2011 solicits broad-based, innovative approaches to digital forensic engineering in the following four areas:

Digital Data and Evidence Management: advanced digital evidence discovery, collection, and storage

Scientific Principle-based Digital Forensic Processes: systematic engineering processes supporting digital evidence management which are sound on scientific, technical and legal grounds

Digital Evidence Analytics: advanced digital evidence analysis, correlation, and presentation

Forensic-support technologies: forensic-enabled and proactive monitoring/response

Best Paper, Best Student Paper, and Best Poster Awards

To honor the outstanding work in digital forensics, the SADFE will provide awards for the highest overall quality papers and posters from the accepted program, as measured by scientific contribution, depth, and impact. A student must be the first author to be eligible for the best student paper award.

Instructions for Paper, Panel, and Poster Submissions

The SADFE-2011 Program Committee invites three types of submissions:

Full papers, Visionary/Opinion papers, and "Work-in-Progress" short papers

Full papers present mature research results. Papers accepted for presentation at the Workshop will be included in the SADFE-2011 proceedings, which will be included in the IEEE Digital Library. Each full paper submission can have 8 pages plus up to 2 over-length pages and should follow the IEEE 8.5" x 11" Two-Column Format. Papers must include an abstract and a list of keywords, and clearly indicate the corresponding author. More specific requirements about the format can be found at: http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/authors/authors_journals.html.

As a new call this year, we are soliciting a visionary paper or two, or a panel that looks at where the discipline currently stands (Similar to the SP main conference’s Call for SoK papers). The goal is to encourage work that provide useful and insightful perspectives on major DF research areas, support or challenge long-held beliefs or DF principles with compelling evidence, or provide an extensive and realistic evaluation of competing approaches to solving specific problems. Such papers can offer a high value to our community but would otherwise not be accepted because they lack novel research contributions.

The shorter "Work-in-Progress" papers should describe interesting developing work or concepts in the field of digital forensic. These papers should emphasize the nature of the problem they present, potential solution and implications/impacts to the field, in such a way that it will engender community discussion. A selection of these papers will be presented at SADFE-2011 in a Work-in-Progress session. Work-in-Progress papers should be 3-5 pages long. Work-in-Progress papers will be included as an appendix in the SADFE proceedings. Authors may participate in only one Work-in-Progress paper (in the case of multiple submissions, later submissions will be deleted).


Describing work in progress and/or specific tools available without charge to the research community (i.e., no vendor posters should be submitted). Submissions must consist of a one-page abstract which will be posted online on the SADFE website. Note that the SADFE will have a joint poster session with the SP main conference. Also, authors of the accepted posters will have an opportunity to briefly introduce their work during the break of SADFE workshop.

Paper Acceptance

Each paper submission will be reviewed by the SADFE-2011 Program Committee members and/or some external reviewers. The selection process will be based on review technical merits. Panel and posters decisions will be made by the Program Chair with recommendations from the Program Committee and Steering Committee.

Double Submissions, Uniqueness & Presentation

SADFE-2011 is intended to support discussion and publication of novel results. To meet this goal, submissions must not substantially duplicate work that any of the authors has published elsewhere. Work submitted in parallel to any other conference or workshop with proceedings is explicitly excluded from participation. If the work has been submitted elsewhere in a venue that does not include proceedings, the extent of the replication and the nature of the other venue should be clearly indicated in a cover letter submitted along with the paper.

For accepted Full Papers, Posters, and Work-in-Progress papers, it is required that at least one of the authors attends the workshop to present the paper. The presenting author must be registered by the date of the camera-ready submission deadline. The deadline for Work-in-Progress and Full papers is the same.

All submissions (papers & panel proposals) must be submitted electronically, following the instructions to be provided on the website. Papers must list all authors and their affiliations; in the case of multiple authors, the contact author must be indicated.

Workshop Format

The SADFE workshop will consist of invited talks, paper presentations, and panel discussions. Additionally, the poster authors will present at the poster session in the SP main conference. All presentations, talks and panel discussions will be made in English.

Steering Committee:

Deborah Frincke, Co-Chair (Pacific Northwest National Lab)
Ming-Yuh Huang, Co-Chair (Northwest Security Institute)
Michael Losavio (University of Louisville)
Alec Yasinsac (University of South Alabama)
Robert F. Erbacher (Northwest Security Institute)
Wenke Lee (George Institute of Technology)
Barbara Endicott-Popovsky (University of Washington)

Organizing Committee:

General Co-Chairs: Robert Erbacher (Northwest Security Institute)
Program Committee Co-Chairs: Roy Campbell (UIUC)
Yong Guan (Iowa State University)
Publication Chair: Kara Nance (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Submission Chair: Wei Yu (Towson University)
Poster Chair: David Dampier (Mississippi State University)
Publicity Co-Chair North America: Sudhir Aggarwal (Florida State University)
Asia: K.P. Chow (University of Hong Kong)
Europe: Hervé Debar (France Telecom R&D)
Pacific: Andrew Clark (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Web Chair: Jung-Shian Li (National Cheng Kung University)
Awards Committee: Roy Campbell, Robert Erbacher, Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Deb Frincke, Yong Guan, Ming-Yuh Huang, Wenke Lee, Michael Losavio, Alec Yasinsac

Program Committee:

Frank Adelstein ATC-NY
Sudhir Aggarwal Florida State University
Phil Attfield Idelix, Canada
K.P. Chow University of Hong Kong
Marc Dacier Symantec Research Labs
David Dampier Mississippi State University
Tom Daniels Iowa State University
Hervé Debar France Telecom R&D
Sven Dietrich Stevens Institute of Technology
Zhenhai Duan Florida State University
Barbara Endicott-Popovsky University of Washington
Robert Erbacher Northwest Security Institute
Deb Frincke Pacific Northwest National Labs
Xinwen Fu UMass Lowell
Simson Garfinkel Naval Postgraduate School
Brian Hay University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Howie Huang George Washington University
Erin Kenneally University of California, San Diego
Ping Ji John Jay College Of Criminal Justice
Jung-Shian Li National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Michael Losavio University of Louisville
James Lyle NIST
Nasir Memon Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Kara Nance University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Peng Ning North Carolina State University
Sean Peisert UC Davis & Berkeley Lab
Gilbert Peterson Air Force Institute of Technology
Golden Richard University of New Orleans
Vassil Roussev University of New Orleans
Clay Shields Georgetown University
Carol Taylor Eastern Washington University
Wietse Venema IBM Research
Avishai Wool Tel Aviv University
Zhiguo Wan Tsinghua University, China
Xinyuan Wang George Mason University
Yang Xiang Deakin University, Australia
Alec Yasinsac University of South Alabama
Wei Yu Towson University
Nan Zhang George Washington University