Venue Information

The conference will be held at the Westin St. Francis in Union Square in San Francisco, CA. Room blocks have been set aside for Symposium attendees at the conference hotel as well as at the Westin San Francisco Airport. Please visit the hotels page for more information.

Student Travel Grants

Support is available to help cover the expenses for US-based students and 2-3 students from international institutions.

We encourage applications from students from a wide variety of institutions, diverse backgrounds, and first time attendees. Undergraduate and graduate students will be considered. An application for a travel award will consist of the student's resume, a statement from the student, and a letter from the student's research advisor. The advisor should include justification of financial need. The student's statement should include a summary of research interests, a statement of why the applicant will benefit from participating in the symposium, and how the applicant can contribute to the symposium through service or technical contribution.

The amount of support provided to US students will be up to $1000 of documented expenses. The amount of support for international students will be up to $1500 of documented expenses.

Applications are due by April 8 (extended), and recipients will be notified in time to be eligible for early registration, which closes April 20 (Register). Send applications and advisor's letter (email suffices) to:

Support is also available for students attending the workshops. Please see the SPW travel page for more details.


Before requesting visa letters, you must register for the conference through this web site. Contact information will be available during the registration.


The easiest way to get to the conference and around the Bay Area is the extensive public transportation system. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) works well for getting into downtown San Francisco. The conference hotel is just a few blocks from the Powell St stop. There is also a cable car stop on Powell St right outside the hotel, and there are a number of nearby bus and light rail stops.

From SFO Airport to the Westin St. Francis

Public Transit: From the terminal follow signs to BART. BART is adjacent to the International Terminal. From the Domestic Terminal it is about a 10 minute walk depending on which gate you are coming from or you may ride the AirTrain which is a free service. You will need to purchase an $8.25 ticket for BART. Board a Pittsburg/Bay Point-bound train and get off at Powell St., which is the 10th stop from SFO. The train ride from station to station is approximate 30 minutes. There is a 4 block walk (5-8 minutes) from Powell St. Station to Westin St. Francis Hotel, located at 335 Powell St./Geary St.. Please visit for a complete list of time schedules.

Taxi: From the terminal follow the signs to Ground Transportation. From there, follow the signs for TAXIS. The fare for taxi service between the airport and the St. Francis Hotel is approximately $45 and the travel time is approximately 30 minutes. Both are dependent on traffic, time of day and day of the week.

Super Shuttle: Follow the signs for DOOR TO DOOR SHUTTLES from the terminal to the 2nd level, which is one level up from baggage claim. From there, proceed to the Center Island Transportation Zones where the blue shuttles with yellow wait. The cost of the shuttle is $17.00 per person and it takes approximately 45 minutes to get from the airport to the hotel. The shuttle is a shared ride - it is not direct. You may also charter a private shuttle for up to 9 passengers for $75.00.

From SFO Airport to the Westin San Francisco Airport

There is a free shuttle to and from the Westin San Francisco Airport and the airport itself. Please contact the hotel for more information.

From Westin San Francisco Airport to Westin St. Francis

We are offering a complimentary shuttle between the Westin San Francisco Airport and the conference hotel; the schedule is below. (For room bookings after the cut-off date, or outside of the conference block, space on the shuttles will be subject to availability.)

Day, Date Direction Departs Arrives (approx.)
Sunday, 5/20 To Downtown Westin 15:15 16:00
To Airport Westin 19:00 19:45
Monday, 5/21 To Downtown Westin 07:15 08:00
To Airport Westin 17:45 18:30
To Airport Westin 20:15 21:00
Tuesday, 5/22 To Downtown Westin 07:15 08:00
To Airport Westin 19:15 20:00
Wednesday, 5/23 To Downtown Westin 07:15 08:00
To Airport Westin 18:00 18:45
To Airport Westin 19:45 20:30
Thursday, 5/24 To Downtown Westin 07:15 08:00
To Airport Westin 18:00 18:45

An alternative option is to use public transportation via BART:

Westin St. Francis - Powell St. BART station: The Downtown Westin is about 2 blocks from the station.

Airport Westin - Millbrae BART station: Walk about 0.3 miles to/from the station. The station is on the West side of the 101 freeway. The hotel is on the east side of the freeway. The Airport Westin can provide detailed directions.

Airport Westin - SFO BART station: Use the hotel airport shuttle to/from the airport international terminal. The BART station is on the north end of the international terminal. Contact the Airport Westin for more information regarding their airport shuttle.


From East: Take Route 580 and cross the Bay Bridge, to the Fremont St. exit on the right. Turn left onto Howard St., and proceed 4 blocks to 3rd St.. Go right on 3rd St. and cross Market St.. Turn left onto Geary St. until you cross Powell St.. The Westin St. Francis "carriage entrance" is located on Geary, a half block past Powell St..

From San Francisco International Airport: Take Highway 101 North and exit at 4th St.. Exit right onto Bryant and continue 1 block and turn left onto 3rd St.. Cross the Market St. intersection, and turn left onto Geary St.. The hotel is located just past Union Square, and the Westin St. Francis "carriage entrance" is located on Geary St., a half block past Powell St..

From the Golden Gate Bridge (North): Cross the bridge and exit at Lombard St.. Turn right onto Van Ness, and left onto Bush. Turn right onto Powell, then make another right onto Geary St.. The Westin St. Francis "carriage entrance" is right off of Geary St..

Conference News
Panel Video Available
July 3, 2013
A video of the Privacy Research Panel is now online.
Shuttle Schedule Up!
May 17, 2013
Please see the travel page for the shuttle schedule between the two hotels.
Mobile Access
May 17, 2013
We have an interactive mobile website with the option of providing feedback to speakers. Experimental mobile applications for Android and iOS are also available. Search the relevant app store for "IEEE SP."
BoF Details Available
May 15, 2013
Details of the BoFs are now online.
Wednesday Night Reception and BoFs
May 9, 2013
This year we'll be having a Wednesday night reception with BoFs, bridging S&P with the workshops. Don't miss it.
Privacy Panel Finalized
May 9, 2013
The Wednesday panel on privacy research has been finalized.
List of Accepted Posters posted
May 2, 2013
The list of accepted posters has been posted.
Panel Discussion on Privacy Research
April 18, 2013
Details on Wednesday's panel discussion on privacy research have been posted.
Birds of a Feathers
April 15, 2013
We'll have space for a small number of BoFs on Wednesday night. Let us know if you are interested in leading one.
Call for Short Talks Posted
April 10, 2013
The call for short talks has been posted.
Tentative Program Posted
March 18, 2013
The tentative program has been posted.
Call for Posters Posted
March 4, 2013
The call for posters has been posted.
Accepted Papers Posted
March 3, 2013
The list of accepted papers has been posted.
Registration Open
February 21, 2013
Registration for the the 2013 symposium is now open.
Hotel Booking Available
February 11, 2013
Hotel details have been posted. There are room blocks available at two San Francisco area hotels. Conference registration information will follow shortly.
Student Travel Grants
February 11, 2013
Information for students who wish to apply for travel grants is now posted here.
November 13, 2012
The Symposium will again include a poster session. We'll start accepting submissions in March.
Deadline Extended
November 5, 2012
We have extended the deadline to 11/16 due to Hurricane Sandy, which left many in the northeastern region of the US without power.
Paper Submission
October 25, 2012
The submissions site is now open.
Call for Papers
August 15, 2012
The Call for Papers is out. Submissions are due on November 14.
Call for Donors
July 26, 2012
We are looking for organizations to support the symposium. See the donor information page for more.
Call for Workshops Posted
July 18, 2012
SPW is now accepting proposals for workshops to be co-located with the symposium.
Website Up!
June 14, 2012
The conference website is now up.

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