Call for Papers







Call for Papers

SADFE 2012

Seventh International Workshop on
Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensic Engineering

September 28, 2012
Vancouver BC, Canada

In conjunction with

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/
L'Organisation des Nations unies pour l’éducation, la science et
la culture
UNESCO - The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation Conference

September 26-28, 2012
Vancouver BC, Canada

Experimental Format for 2012

500 words abstract due March 11, 2012
See UNESCO for their general due date

We invite you to the SADFE-2012 (Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensic Engineering) international conference program in an experimental format.

This year we merge SADFE with the UNESCO international conference – “The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation”, which will be held from 26 to 28 September, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on the theme of preservation of digital information and heritage.

In the past, the history was largely hand-written and relied heavily on the authenticity and correctness of the description of events, artifacts, ideas, and behaviors of individuals and governments. As the past is known through its documentary residue, documentary truth is the key to understanding ourselves and building a better world.

Digital forensics engineering and digital history preservation share many similar challenges. Provenance, authenticity, integrity, and identity are all at the very center of both digital forensics analysis and world’s collective human digital memory.

This experimental synergistic format intends to bring together multiple research communities to explore such critical issues.

Human society, being enabled by the modern digital technology, is currently at its infancy in terms of collective knowledge/memory formation, preservation, and sharing. This collective digital knowledge and memory will inevitably grow beyond this beginning stage. SADFE-2012 brings in digital forensic engineering expertise as to those verification/investigation issues. Digital knowledge goes beyond just the "digitized" knowledge but also the "originally digital" knowledge from system and network owned and operated by human being. In this respect, digital forensic engineering will play an increasing important role.

Submissions: Abstract submissions of 500 words are to be emailed by March 11, 2012 to the UNESCO Conference program chair Professor Luciana Durante, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at luciana.duranti@ubc.ca . A biographical sketch of the primary author of up to 100 words, mailing address, phone, fax and email of the primary author, names and titles of co-authors and format preference – traditional or interactive, should be included; see below for further information.

Abstracts should be written in clear, broadly understandable language and address the preservation and access to our digital heritage.

Registration Fee: there is no registration fee for this international conference; there maybe a publication fee for papers electronically indexed with IEEE.

Travel Funding: funding may be available for presenters from nations outside of North America and Western Europe.

A Best Paper Award will be made for the final papers.


We welcome papers on forensics and preservation as to criminal and national security investigations, digital memory integrity, general attack analysis, insider threat, insurance and compliance investigations, and similar forms of retrospective analysis touching on data archiving, legal, scientific and mathematical principles finding facts or evidence, for use within a court of law or to aid in understanding the past and digital knowledge in general.

As a multi-disciplinary conference, abstracts should seek to communicate in clear, broadly understandable language.

This is an opportunity to discuss our digital forensic principles in new areas of development of our information society. We hope you consider submission of your abstract and full paper for this vitally important international conference.

Areas of interest for submissions include:

These may manifest themselves in the traditional domains of digital forensics, such as


SADFE-2012 has a different submission process. Per UNESCO MoW’s CFP, we first ask for a 500 words abstract submission by March 11, 2012. If accepted, the full paper will be due July 15, 2012 for further peer review. Among all papers published by UNESCO (without releasing your copyright) selected and peer reviewed full papers will be reissued on November 1 for SADFE publication, with digital indexing to IEEE publications.

Abstract submissions are to be emailed by March  11, 2012 to the UNESCO Conference program chair Professor Luciana Durante, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at luciana.duranti@ubc.ca

Steering Committee:

Deborah Frincke, Co-Chair (Department of Defense)
Ming-Yuh Huang, Co-Chair (Northwest Security Institute)
Michael Losavio (University of Louisville)
Alec Yasinsac (University of South Alabama)
Robert F. Erbacher (Army Research Laboratory)
Wenke Lee (George Institute of Technology)
Barbara Endicott-Popovsky (University of Washington)
Roy Campbell (University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign)
Yong Guan (Iowa State University)

Organizing Committee:

General Chairs: Yong Guan, Iowa State University
Program Committee Chair:
Michael Losavio, University of Louisville
Submission Chair: Luciana Duranti, University of British Columbia
Publication Chair: Adel Elmaghraby, University of Louisville
Publicity Co-Chair:
North America:
Asia: K.P. Chow and Siu-Ming Yiu, University of Hong Kong
Europe: Hervé Debar, Télécom SudParis
Web Chair: Chien-Pang Kuo, National Cheng Keung University
Awards Committee: Roy Campbell, Robert Erbacher, Barbara
Endicott-Popovsky, Yong Guan, Ming-Yuh Huang,
Wenke Lee, Michael Losavio, Alec Yasinsac

Program Committee:

ATC Corporation
Sudhir Aggarwal Florida State University
Galina Borisevich Perm State University
K.P. Chow University of Hong Kong
Dave Dampier Mississippi State University
Debar Télécom SudParis
Zhenhai Duan Florida State University
Luciana Duranti University of British Columbia
Barbara Endicott-Popovsky University of Washington
Rob Erbacher Army Research Laboratory
Xinwen Fu University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Carrie Gates Computer Associates
Yong Guan Iowa State University
Brian Hay University of Alaska
Howie Huang George Washington University
Ming-Yun Huang Northwest Security Institute
Ping JI City University of New York
Erin Kenneally San Diego Supercomputer Center
Fraunhofer-Institut für Sichere Informationstechnologie
Li National Cheng Kung University
Keith Marzullo University of California, San Diego
Kara Nance University of Alaska
Bill Nelson IT Forensics, Inc.
Peng Ning North Carolina State University
Pavel Pastukhov Perm State University
Gilbert Peterson Air Force Institute of Technology
Amelia Phillips Highline Community College
Mark Pollitt Daytona State University
Golden Richard University of New Orleans
Slim Rekhis Carthage University
Vassil Roussev University of New Orleans
Fraunhofer-Institut für Sichere Informationstechnologie
Georgetown University
IBM Research
Xinyuan Wang George Mason University
Yu Wei Towson University
Tel Aviv University
Yang Xiang Deakin University
University of South Alabama
University of Hong Kong
George Washington University

Important Date:

Abstract Due: March 11, 2012
Notice of acceptance:
Final Paper Due: July 15, 2012
Conference Date: September 28, 2012
Publication Date
November 1, 2012

Contact Information:

Michael Losavio, University of Louisville,
+1 502 852 3509

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