IIT Ropar to host 14th Annual IFIP WG 11.9 International Conference on Digital Forensics


New Delhi, 1st January 2018: The Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar) in collaboration with University of Tulsa, USA is organizing the 14th Annual IFIP WG 11.9 International Conference on Digital Forensics. The conference is being organized from 3rd – 5th January 2018 at Lalit Hotel, New Delhi.

The conference will have the participation of academicians, researchers, law enforcement personnel and government officials from countries around the world. The three- day conference comprises of 8 sessions where 20 research papers will be presented on topics like Digital Forensic Models, Network Forensics, Digital Forensic Tools and Techniques, Cloud Forensics, Mobile and Embedded Device Forensics, Industrial Control System and Forensics.

The keynote lectures will be delivered by experts such as Dr. Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator (NSCS), National Security Council Secretariat on “Cyber Security – the Indian Perspective”; Prof. Sujeet Shenoi, F.P. Walter Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Tulsa on “Case Studies in Invasive Embedded Device Forensics: Evidence Extraction and Firmware Verification”; Dr. Gaurav Gupta, Scientist ‘D’, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on “Digitized Document Fraud: New Directions and Opportunities”; and Mr. Suhaan Mukerji, Partner, PLR Chambers & Founder member of governing board, Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India on “Legal Challenges to Digital Forensics in India”.

Talking about the conference, Dr. Gaurav Gupta, General Chair of the conference and Scientist ‘D’ at MeitY said “Criminals are most creative but lazy people on earth and these traits can be used to develop the solutions to tackle the menace of computer frauds and cyber crimes. This conference is an annual gathering of researchers and practitioners from all around the world, who showcase their novel research work targeted towards that goal.”

Day one of the conference will also have a poster session to showcase interesting ideas from young researchers and practitioners. Day three of the conference will have a day-long session for the law enforcement professionals and the specialists working at various digital forensic laboratories across India.

Dr. Somitra Kr Sanadhya, the Organizing Chair of the conference and Associate Professor, Dept. of CSE, IIT Ropar chairs a session on Themes and Issues on day one of the conference. Talking about his work and the conference, Prof. Somitra said “My area of work is centered around Computer Security; and Digital Forensics is an emerging field which promises to deliver solutions that could benefit law enforcement agencies to speed up investigation of cases that involve electronic evidence. In fact, one of my students, who is currently working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA, is attempting to find ways to automatically extract non-textual digital documents, or parts of those documents, from various digital media on the basis of their similarity to a questioned file. My aim in being associated with organization of the 14th International Conference on Digital Forensics is to introduce Indian students interested in pursuing research in the field of Digital Forensics to the top-notch research happening in this area.”

The IFIP Working Group 11.9 on Digital Forensics is an active international community of scientists, engineers, and practitioners dedicated to advancing the state of the art of research and practice in the important field of digital forensics. The Fourteenth Annual IFIP WG 11.9 International Conference on Digital Forensics will provide a forum for presenting original, unpublished research results and innovative ideas related to the extraction, analysis and preservation of all forms of electronic evidence. The relevance and connect between 14th IFIP WG 11.9 International Conference on Digital Forensics with the aim and mission of MeitY is promotion of research efforts in the new and interesting field of Digital Forensics. Digital Forensics research outputs are directly related to the development of secure solutions for computer systems and the cyber space.