Call for papers
The 2nd Workshop on Genome Privacy and Security (GenoPri'15)
May 21, 2015
San Jose, California

    Builds on the success of the first workshop's edition (held in conjunction
     with PETS'14>)

    Will be co-located with IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P)

    Fosters research efforts aimed to understand and address all
    privacy and security issues prompted by progress in genomics

    Brings together a highly interdisciplinary community involved in
    all aspects of genome privacy and security research

    Seeks submissions not only from the Computer Science and
    Bioinformatics communities, but also from researchers and
    practitioners studying the Ethical, Legal, and Societal issues
    with genomics

    Will accept both short (4 pages) and long (10 pages) papers

    Also solicits position papers and systematization-of-knowledge papers

    Will publish accepted papers in IEEE Proceedings (along with the
    other S&P Workshops


Over the past several decades, genome sequencing technologies have
evolved from slow and expensive systems that were limited in access to
a select few scientists and forensics investigators to
high-throughput, relatively low-cost tools that are available to
consumers.  A consequence of such technical progress is that genomics
has become one of the next major challenges for privacy and security
because (1) genetic diseases can be unveiled, (2) the propensity to
develop specific diseases (such as Alzheimer’s) can be revealed, (3) a
volunteer, accepting to have his genomic code made public, can leak
substantial information about his ethnic heritage and the genomic data
of his relatives (possibly against their will), and (4) complex
privacy issues can arise if DNA analysis is used for criminal
investigations and medical purposes.

As genomics is increasingly integrated into healthcare and
"recreational" services (e.g., ancestry testing), the risk of DNA data
leakage is serious for both individuals and their relatives. Failure
to adequately protect such information could lead to a serious
backlash, impeding genomic research, that could affect the well-being
of our society as a whole. This prompts the need for research and
innovation in all aspects of genome privacy and security, as suggested
by the non-exhaustive list of topics below.

For more information on the topic, we recommend visiting 

Suggested Topics 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    Privacy-preserving analysis of and computation on genomic data
    Security and privacy metrics for the leakage of genomic data
    Cross-layer attacks to genome privacy
    Access control for genomic data
    Differentiated access rights for medical professionals
    Quantification of genome privacy
    De-anonymization attacks against genomic databases
    Efficient cryptographic techniques for enhancing security/privacy
      of genomic data
    Privacy enhancing technologies for genomic data
    Implications of synthetic DNA for privacy
    Applications of differential privacy to the protection of genomic data
    Storage and long-term safety of genomic data
    Secure sharing of genomic data between different entities
    Trust in genomic research and applications
    Social and economic issues for genome privacy and security
    Ethical and legal issues in genomics
    Studies of policy efforts in genomics
    User studies and perceptions
          Social and economic issues for genome privacy
    Studies of issues and challenges with informed consent
    Privacy issues in transcriptomics and proteomics
    Systematization-of-knowledge of genome privacy and security research
    Position papers

Submission Guidelines

Papers to be considered include short papers (4 pages including
references and appendices) and full technical papers (10 pages
including references and appendices). Text must be formatted according
to the IEEE conference proceedings templates. Submissions should NOT
be anonymized and will all be peer-reviewed by the program committee.

At least one author of each accepted paper should register for (and
present the paper at) the workshop.

New this year: Proceedings of accepted papers will be published by IEEE. 
Important Dates

    Submission deadline: January 20, 2015 (11.59pm PST)
    Notification: February 22, 2015
    Camera-Ready Deadline: March 5, 2015
    Workshop Date: May 21, 2015


GenoPri'15 organizers