The SADFE series feature the different editions of the International Conference on Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensics Engineering. Now in its tenth edition, SADFE has established itself as the premier conference for researchers and practitioners working in Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensics Engineering.

SADFE Background

SADFE started in 2005 at Taipei, sponsored by two local universities, Bureau of Investigation (FBI equivalent), and Academia Sinica (National Research Academy).  SADFE-2005 was supported by US, European, and Australian technical and legal communities.

Subsequently, SADFE has been held multiple times in US and other parts of the world. Between 2008 and 2011, SADFE was accepted and hosted by IEEE Security and Privacy conference in Oakland, CA.

In 2012, SADFE did not submit an S&P Workshop proposal as the community decided it would like to go back to the global society vision and wanted to go international again. That year, SADFE went to Canada, hosted by University of British Columbia and sponsored by United Nations UNESCO Data Archiving Program. Since then, SADFE had taken places around the world. Below are the eleven SADFE events over the years.

  • 2005 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • 2007 Seattle, USA
  • 2008 IEEE Security & Privacy, USA
  • 2009 IEEE Security & Privacy, USA
  • 2010 IEEE Security & Privacy, USA
  • 2011 IEEE Security & Privacy, USA
  • 2012 University of British Columbia, Canada
  • 2013 University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 2014 University New Haven, USA
  • 2015 University of Malaga, Spain
  • 2016 Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

Late 2016 September conference dates in Kyoto resulted in SADFE not making the cut for the 2017 Security and Privacy Workshop submission deadline. SADFE takes a year of hibernation and hope to reconnect with IEEE for 2018.


SADFE-2018 will be led by General Chair Glenn Dardick from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Ping Ji of John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York, which is a multi-disciplinary legal and technology teaming, with the support of SADFE Steering Committee.