Call For Papers

Since 1980, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy has been the
premier forum for presenting developments in computer security and
electronic privacy, and for bringing together researchers and
practitioners in the field. The 2016 Symposium will mark the 37th
annual meeting of this flagship conference.

The Symposium will be held on May 23-25, 2016 
and the Security and Privacy Workshops will be held on May 26, 2016. 
Both events will be in San Jose, California at The Fairmont Hotel.

Since 1980 in Oakland, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy has
been the premier forum for computer security research, presenting the
latest developments and bringing together researchers and
practitioners. We solicit previously unpublished papers offering novel
research contributions in any aspect of security or privacy. Papers
may present advances in the theory, design, implementation, analysis,
verification, or empirical evaluation and measurement of secure

Topics of interest include:

    Access control and authorization
    Application security
    Attacks and defenses
    Censorship resistance
    Cloud security
    Distributed systems security
    Economics of security and privacy
    Embedded systems security
    Hardware security
    Intrusion detection
    Malware and unwanted software
    Mobile and Web security and privacy
    Language-based security
    Network and systems security
    Privacy technologies and mechanisms
    Protocol security
    Secure information flow
    Security and privacy for the Internet of Things
    Security and privacy metrics
    Security and privacy policies
    Security architectures
    System security
    Usable security and privacy

This topic list is not meant to be exhaustive; S&P is interested in
all aspects of computer security and privacy. Papers without a clear
application to security or privacy, however, will be considered out of
scope and may be rejected without full review.

Systematization of Knowledge Papers

As in past years, we solicit systematization of knowledge (SoK) papers
that evaluate, systematize, and contextualize existing knowledge, as
such papers can provide a high value to our community. Suitable papers
are those that provide an important new viewpoint on an established,
major research area, support or challenge long-held beliefs in such an
area with compelling evidence, or present a convincing, comprehensive
new taxonomy of such an area. Survey papers without such insights are
not appropriate. Submissions will be distinguished by the prefix
“SoK:” in the title and a checkbox on the submission form. They will
be reviewed by the full PC and held to the same standards as
traditional research papers, except instead of emphasizing novel
research contributions the emphasis will be on value to the
community. Accepted papers will be presented at the symposium and
included in the proceedings.  Workshops

The Symposium is also soliciting submissions for co-located
workshops. Further details on submissions can be found at

Important Dates

All deadlines are 23:59:59 EST (UTC-5).
Paper submission deadline 	November 13, 2015  No Extensions
Early-reject notification and author appeal period 	January 11-13, 2016
Conference registration opens 	February, 2016
Acceptance notification 	February 7, 2016
Approval deadline for shepherded papers 	February 26, 2016
Early-bird conference registration deadline 	Mid-April, 2016
Camera-ready deadline 	TBD
Instructions for Paper Submission

These instructions apply to both the research papers and systematization of knowledge papers.

All submissions must be original work; the submitter must clearly
document any overlap with previously published or simultaneously
submitted papers from any of the authors. Failure to point out and
explain overlap will be grounds for rejection. Simultaneous submission
of the same paper to another venue with proceedings or a journal is
not allowed and will be grounds for automatic rejection. Contact the
program committee chairs if there are questions about this policy.

NEW THIS YEAR: To encourage authors to submit their very best work, no
single author may appear on more than three (3) non-SoK
submissions. Authors who wish to submit more than 3 papers must follow
a special procedure for bulk submissions, described below. Also, as
described below, early rejection with an option to appeal is being
introduced, and a “Student PC” is being established.  The Student
Program Committee

Following a successful model used at other premier technical
conferences, some paper submissions will be reviewed by a "shadow PC"
of students and junior researchers, this year chaired by Joseph
Bonneau of Stanford University/EFF. For more information see  Early
Rejection and Appeals

There will be no conventional rebuttal process. Papers that receive
substantially negative initial reviews will be rejected early and, at
the same time, the initial reviews of all submissions will be sent to
the authors. Authors who substantively disagree with the reviews can
appeal to the PC chairs. Authors’ appeals must clearly and explicitly
identify concrete disagreements with factual statements in the initial
reviews that should be adjudicated by a special arbitration reviewer
who may be recruited by the PC chairs. Appealing a submission that was
rejected early will keep it under consideration, and it cannot be
withdrawn or resubmitted elsewhere until the final notification of
acceptance or rejection.  

Anonymous Submission

Papers must be submitted in a form suitable for anonymous review: no
author names or affiliations may appear on the title page, and papers
should avoid revealing their identity in the text. When referring to
your previous work, do so in the third person, as though it were
written by someone else. Only blind the reference itself in the
(unusual) case that a third-person reference is infeasible. Contact
the program chairs if you have any questions. Papers that are not
properly anonymized may be rejected without review.

Page Limit and Formatting

Submitted papers may include up to 15 pages of text and up to 5 pages
for references and appendices, totalling no more than 20 pages. The
same applies to camera-ready papers, although, at the PC chairs’
discretion, additional pages may be allowed for references and
appendices. Reviewers are not required to read appendices.

Papers must be formatted for US letter (not A4) size paper. The text
must be formatted in a two-column layout, with columns no more than
9.5 in. tall and 3.5 in. wide. The text must be in Times font,
10-point or larger, with 11-point or larger line spacing. Authors are
encouraged to use the IEEE conference proceedings templates. LaTeX
submissions should use IEEEtran.cls version 1.8. Failure to adhere to
the page limit and formatting requirements can be grounds for
rejection.  Submission

Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf). Authors should
pay special attention to unusual fonts, images, and figures that might
create problems for reviewers. Your document should render correctly
in Adobe Reader 9 and when printed in black and white.  Bulk

Special rules apply to all submissions by authors who submit more than
3 non-SoK papers. If the paper has been previously considered at other
conferences, journals, or workshops, the submitted version must
include an appendix that lists: (a) the year and full name of those
venues, (b) the complete set of reviews, and (c) detailed description
of the changes made since. This appendix does not count towards the
page limit. By their submission, the authors of these papers
acknowledge and accept that the PC chairs may solicit further
information about them (e.g., to verify the contents of the appendix)
and pass such information on to the PC. Failure to comply with these
rules will result in automatic rejection of the bulk submissions
without consideration.

Conference Submission Server

Papers must be submitted at and may be
updated at any time until the submission deadline. The submission site
will open October 14, 2015.

Publication and Presentation

Authors are responsible for obtaining appropriate publication
clearances. One of the authors of the accepted paper is expected to
present the paper at the conference. Submissions received after the
submission deadline or failing to conform to the submission guidelines
risk rejection without review.

For more information, contact the program co-chairs at:

Program Committee
Úlfar Erlingsson 	Google
Vitaly Shmatikov 	Cornell Tech

Sadia Afroz 	UC Berkeley
Davide Balzarotti 	EURECOM
Adam Barth 	Google
Karthikeyan Bhargavan 	INRIA
Joseph Bonneau 	Stanford / EFF
Nikita Borisov 	UIUC
Kevin Butler 	U. of Florida
Steve Checkoway 	UIC
Haibo Chen 	SJTU
Adam Chlipala 	MIT
Nicolas Christin 	CMU
Manuel Costa 	MSRC
Emiliano de Cristofaro 	UCL
Ittay Eyal 	Cornell
Adrienne Porter Felt 	Google
Arjun Guha 	UMass
Andreas Haeberlen 	UPenn
Nadia Heninger 	UPenn
Jason Hong 	CMU
Amir Houmansadr 	UMass
Brent Kang 	KAIST
Chris Kanich 	UIC
Sam King 	Twitter
Aleksandra Korolova 	USC
David Lie 	Toronto
Jay Lorch 	MSR
Matteo Maffei 	CISPA, Saarland
David Mazières 	Stanford
Ilya Mironov 	Google
Cristina Nita-Rotaru 	Northeastern
Marcus Peinado 	MSR
Frank Piessens 	KU Leuven
Benny Pinkas 	BIU
Mike Reiter 	UNC Chapel Hill
Franziska Roesner 	U. of Washington
Ulrich Rührmair 	U. of Bochum
Prateek Saxena 	Singapore
Thomas Schneider 	TU Darmstadt
Vyas Sekar 	CMU
Simha Sethumadhavan 	Columbia
Hovav Shacham 	ICSI / UCSD
Elaine Shi 	Cornell
Emin Gun Sirer 	Cornell
Matthew Smith 	U. Bonn
Nikhil Swamy 	MSR
Nina Taft 	Google
Gang Tan 	Lehigh
Mohit Tiwari 	U. of Texas at Austin
Eran Tromer 	TAU
Carmela Troncoso 	IMDEA Software
Giovanni Vigna 	UCSB
Bogdan Warinschi 	Bristol University
Robert Watson 	U. of Cambridge
Tao Xie 	UIUC
Jean Yang 	CMU
Junfeng Yang 	Columbia
Ben Zhao 	UCSB
Yinqian Zhang 	Ohio State