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Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Westin St. Francis, at Union Square in San Francisco, CA.

A room block has been set aside for Symposium attendees at the Westin St. Francis and at the Westin San Francisco Airport. Please visit the hotels page for details.

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. Students are required to stay in the Westin San Francisco Airport hotel, if space is available.

Applications are due by March 26, and recipients will be notified in time to be eligible for early registration, which closes April 13. Send applications and advisor's letter (email suffices) to:


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


Public Transit

The easiest way to get to the conference and around the Bay Area is the extensive public transportation system. There are many cable car, bus, and light rail stops near the hotel.

For getting to and from the conference within the bay area, there is also a cable car stop on Powell St. right outside the hotel, and many nearby bus and light rail stops.

From SFO 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

There is a complimentary shuttle between the Westin San Francisco Airport and the conference hotel. Another option is to use public transportation via the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. The schedule for the shuttle and public transit details are below.

Day, Date Direction Departs Arrives (approx.)
Sunday, 5/20 To Downtown Westin 16:00 ~16:45
To Airport Westin 17:00 ~17:45
To Downtown Westin 18:00 ~18:45
To Airport Westin 19:15 ~20:00
Monday, 5/21 To Downtown Westin 07:15 ~08:00
To Airport Westin 08:15 ~09:00
To Downtown Westin 09:15 ~10:00
To Airport Westin 10:30 ~11:15
To Airport Westin 20:15 ~21:00
Tuesday, 5/22 To Downtown Westin 07:15 ~08:00
To Airport Westin 08:15 ~09:00
To Downtown Westin 09:15 ~10:00
To Airport Westin 10:30 ~11:15
To Airport Westin 19:00 ~19:45
Wednesday, 5/23 To Downtown Westin 07:15 ~08:00
To Airport Westin 08:15 ~09:00
To Downtown Westin 09:15 ~10:00
To Airport Westin 10:30 ~11:15
To Airport Westin 17:15 ~18:00
Thursday, 5/24 To Downtown Westin 07:15 ~08:00
To Airport Westin 17:15 ~18:00
Friday, 5/25 To Downtown Westin 07:15 ~08:00
To Airport Westin 17:15 ~18:00

Transportation Option: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

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

Airport Westin - Milpitas 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 SFO 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 $8.10 ticket for BART. Board a Pittsburg/Bay Point-bound train and get off at Powell Street, 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 Street Station to Westin St. Francis Hotel, located at 335 Powell Street/Geary Street. 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 East: Take Route 580 and cross the Bay Bridge, to the Fremont Street Exit on the right. Turn left onto Howard Street, and proceed 4 blocks to 3rd Street. Go right on 3rd Street and cross Market Street. Turn left onto Geary Street until you cross Powell Street. The Westin St. Francis "carriage entrance" is located on Geary, a half block past Powell Street.

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

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

Conference News
Panel Preparation
May 22, 2012
Participants who wish to prepare for the discussion on Science of Security on Wednesday afternoon should take a look at the Wikipedia entry on "Strong Inference", link. In particular, if you have time, skim Platt's paper.
Best Paper Awards!
May 22, 2012 Congratulations to the paper award winners.
Best paper award: Don't Trust Satellite Phones
Best student paper award sponsored by Google: Memento
Best practical paper award sponsored by IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine: User-Driven Access Control
Short Talks Announced
May 17, 2012
The eleven short talks for the Tuesday evening session have been announced. The list is available here.
Airport Westin Shuttle Schedule Posted
May 15, 2012
The schedule for the shuttle between the Westing San Francisco Airport and the Westin St. Francis has been posted on the travel page and the hotels page.
Poster Abstracts Added
May 14, 2012
Abstracts for (almost) all the posters in the Monday evening poster session can be viewed here.
Special Rebate Offer!
April 22, 2012
$100 off of the symposium price, for anyone paying full price in his/her category and staying at the Airport Westin and registering with our room block. See the hotels page for more details.
Call for Short Talks posted
April 20, 2012
The Call for Short Talks has been posted on the Call for Papers page. The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 11, 2012.
List of accepted posters available
April 15, 2012
The list of accepted posters can now be viewed posters. The poster session will be Monday, May 21 from 5:45-8:00pm.
Panel of experts formed
April 6, 2012
The panel discussion on Wednesday afternoon will be titled: "How can a focus on "science" advance research in cybersecurity?". Discussion will be moderated by Carl Landwehr. See the program for a detailed description and list of distinguished panelists.
Student Travel Grants Awarded
April 5, 2012
The IEEE S&P 2012 Organizing Committee has awarded 24 student travel grants. More information is available in the "News Bulletin" section of the press page.
Registration Open
March 1, 2012
Registration for the 2012 symposium is now open.
Program Posted
February 22, 2012
The conference program has been posted.
Hotel Booking Available
February 13, 2012
Hotel details have been posted. There are room blocks available at two San Francisco area hotels. Conference registration information will follow shortly.
Call For Posters
February 13, 2012
Adam Chlipala has been named as this years Poster Session Chair. Poster submission details have been posted. The deadline for abstracts is April 6, 2012.
Tentative Skeleton Program Posted
January 28, 2012
Program details are still being finalized. Attendees from past years should be aware that the conference is likely to continue later into Wednesday afternoon than in prior years.
Student Travel Grants
January 10, 2012
Information for students who wish to apply for travel grants is now posted here.
2012 Donors Rolling In
December 16, 2011
Many have already generously donated to the 2012 symposium. Information about donating and the benefits therein can be found here.
2011 Proceedings Available Online
November 1, 2011
All the papers for the 2011 symposium have been made available free of charge at
New Venue Confirmed!
October 10, 2011
The 2012 conference will be held at the Westin St. Francis. Detailed hotel and travel information has been posted on the travel page.
Call For Donors Posted
September 12, 2011
Information about donating to the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy and the IEEE Security and Privacy Workshops has been posted here.
Call For Papers Posted
August 12, 2011
The 2012 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy Call for Papers is now posted here.
Workshop Proposal Deadlines Approaching
August 11, 2011
IEEE S&P Workshop proposals have been accepted, but room is still available, and the deadline, August 15, 2011, is approaching for the second round of proposals. More information available here.
New Website Up
June 21, 2011
The new version of the 2012 conference website is now up.

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