Women in Forensic Computing 2020

Workshop and Digital Forensics Bootcamp

held in the context of the Digital Forensic Research Conference Europe (DFRWS EU) on March 24, 2020 (event is postponed) in Oxford, UK

organized by Hyunji Chung (Korea University) and Felix Freiling (FAU)


  • (April 27, 2020) The physical DFRWS EU 2020 event is re-scheduled to 2021, again in Oxford. Our workshop will follow the conference. The new tentative date is Sunday, March 28, 2021. We will attempt to organize a similar schedule as planned in 2020 and will start re-registration early 2021.
  • (March 10, 2020) The organizers of DFRWS EU 2020 have now decided to postpone the event, see their statement on the DFRWS EU 2020 website. Since it does not make sense to hold our workshop independently of the conference, we too decided to postpone our event and to re-allocate it as soon as the new conference date for DFRWS EU is announced. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this causes, but there was unfortunately no other decision possible. We will keep you informed about further developments as soon as possible.
  • (January 11, 2021) The workshop will be held virtually on March 29, 2021, one day before DFRWS EU 2021, which will also be an online event. New scholarships are offered. Please see the new event page of the workshop.


Digital forensic science is the application of scientific methods of computing in order to recover and investigate evidence found in digital devices, often in relation to computer crime. Digital evidence is increasingly important in almost all types of juridical proceedings, mainly due to the increasing volume and quality of digital evidence.

The objective of this workshop is to increase the interest of students and academically young researchers in digital forensic science as a career field or a research field. Another aim of this workshop is to increase awareness and appreciation of the achievements of women in the area of forensic computing/digital forensics and therefore this workshop wishes to be a forum to help women build their technical confidence and thereby attract more female researchers to the field.

The workshop will include a sequence of presentations by women that introduce some fundamental and current topics of the field and allow for first-hand hands-on experience. We will also feature a session on ideas for increasing the awareness and appreciation of women in forensic computing.

Confirmed speakers

  • Hyunji Chung (Korea University, Korea) will speak on „Forensic Analysis of IoT Devices“
  • Svenja Mischur, Sarah Becker (intersoft consulting services AG, Hamburg, Germany) will speak on „Cyber Attack: From detection to remediation“
  • Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions, LLC, USA) will speak on a topic from the Cyber Sleuth Science Lab


New to the area of digital forensics? No problem. This workshop is aimed to introduce new people to the area. Talks will be technical but are aimed at novices in the area. There will also be time for hands-on work on small projects on self-supplied laptops. So if you want to gain practical experience in the use of tools and techniques, then bring your own laptop.

We will provide more information on the necessary software and other materials before the workshop on this page.


Participation in the workshop is limited. To participate, send a one-page letter describing your current affiliation, your research interests and why the workshop is interesting to you via email to <women-in-forensic-computing@lists.informatik.uni-erlangen.de> by January 31, 2020. Applications after that date are also possible but will be handled on a first-come first-serve basis.

Workshop participation is free of charge and open to both male and female participants. We also offer several travel scholarships (sponsored by FAU) for female students who wish to participate in the workshop. The scholarship covers the attendance fee for the DFRWS EU 2020 conference and financial support for travel costs of up to 500 EUR. To apply for such a scholarship, please indicate your approximate travel costs in your application email.


Tentative Programme (subject to change)

Room/Location: TBA

10:00 Welcome from Chris Hargreaves, DFRWS EU Conference Chair

10:15 Birds-of-a-feather Session: Brief informal presentations by participants

10:45 Coffee Break

11:00 Session 1: Hyunji Chung (Korea University, Korea) „Forensic Analysis of IoT Devices“, talk given remotely via Internet

12:00 Lunch Break

13:00 Session 2: Svenja Mischur, Sarah Becker (intersoft consulting services AG, Hamburg, Germany) „Cyber Attack: From detection to remediation“

14:00 Coffee Break

14:30 Session 3: Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions, LLC, USA) „Cybersleuth Lab Project“

15:30 Roundup discussion

16:00 End of workshop


Contact the organizers Hyunji Chung (Korea University)and Felix Freiling (FAU) via email at <women-in-forensic-computing@lists.informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Previous Events

  • Women: The future of forensic computing? Workshop at DFRWS EU 2019, April 24, 2019, National Criminal Investigation Service (KRIPOS), Oslo, Norway