Call for Short Talks

A continuing feature of the symposium is a session of 5-minute talks where attendees can present work-in-progress and preliminary research results or summaries of emerging topics to the Oakland community. Abstracts for 5-minute talks must fit on one US letter page, including the title and all author names and affiliations. Submit abstracts prior to the conference by emailing the chair: Guofei Gu.

Short talk abstracts are due on Saturday, May 11, 2013 (11:59pm EST) Extended: We still have a few slots. In case there is room after this initial selection, we may also consider short talk abstracts submitted after this deadline, up until the end of the first day of the conference (Monday, May 20, 2013). The short talks session will be held Tuesday (May 21, 2013) 4:30-5:45pm, and time limits will be strictly enforced.

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: May 11, 2013 (11:59pm EST)
Notification: May 17, 2013
Submission Address:
Submission Subject Line: Oakland Short Talk

Birds of a Feathers

This year we'll have space for a small number of Birds-of-a-Feather gatherings (BoFs) during the S&P/SPW bridging reception on Wednesday night, and we are looking for topic proposals. BoFs are informal discussion groups that focus on a particular interest shared by a number of attendees. They don't follow any particular format but usually have a lead organizer who moderates the discussion. If you're interested in leading a BoF, please email an informal proposal to by May 3, 2013. (Please note that we don't plan on providing any A/V support for BoFs, such as microphones or projectors.)

Call For Posters

The 2013 Symposium marks the 34th annual meeting of this flagship conference. 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.

Posters are solicited that present recent and late-breaking research on security and privacy related topics. Presenting a poster at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy is a great chance for researchers to obtain valuable feedback on their ongoing work from knowledgeable participants at the conference. Posters from students on new and exciting problems are especially encouraged.

At least one author of each accepted poster will be required to register for the conference to present the poster. This should be the most valuable part of participation, as authors will be able to engage conference attendees in extended conversations about their ongoing work!

Important Dates

Submission deadline: Monday, April 8, 2013
Acceptance notification: Monday, April 15, 2013
Early registration: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Final abstracts: Monday, May 13, 2013
Poster session: Monday, May 20, 2013

All deadlines are 23:59 PST (UTC-8).

Submission Details

Submit an abstract no longer than two pages describing the work. The abstract title should begin with the keyword "Poster:". The abstract should identify the key contribution of the work being presented in the poster. In addition, it should describe the particular problem being addressed, what makes this problem interesting or important, and what your approach is to the problem. Include a list of authors with institutional affiliation and status (student, faculty, and so on).

Please use the IEEE conference proceedings style (2 column) for preparing your abstract. Your abstract should not exceed the two page limit; non-conforming submissions will not be considered for review.

Email poster abstracts as a PDF attachment to with the subject "Poster: [TITLE]" by Monday, April 8, 2013.

If accepted, a final version of your abstract is due on Monday, May 13, 2013. Your abstract will be placed on the IEEE S&P website prior to the conference start date, but will not be included in the conference proceedings.

For more information about the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2013 poster session, please contact the poster session chair (Sophie Engle,

Call For Papers

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Since 1980, 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.

The 34th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy will take place on May 19-22, 2013 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, in San Francisco, CA, USA. We solicit previously unpublished papers offering novel research contributions in any aspect of computer security or privacy. Papers may present advances in the theory, design, implementation, analysis, verification, or empirical evaluation of secure systems.

Topics of interest include:

Access controlMalware
AnonymityLanguage-based security
Application securityNetwork security
Attacks and defensesPrivacy-preserving systems
AuthenticationProtocol security
Censorship and censorship-resistanceSecure information flow
Distributed systems securitySecurity and privacy policies
Embedded systems securitySecurity architectures
ForensicsSystems security
Hardware securityUsability and security
Intrusion detectionWeb security
Mobile Security

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

Following the success of the previous years' conferences, we are also soliciting papers focused on systematization of knowledge (SoK). The goal of this call is to encourage work that evaluates, systematizes, and contextualizes existing knowledge. These papers can provide a high value to our community but may not be accepted because of a lack of novel research contributions. Suitable papers include survey papers that provide useful perspectives on major research areas, papers that support or challenge long-held beliefs with compelling evidence, or papers that provide an extensive and realistic evaluation of competing approaches to solving specific problems. Submissions are encouraged to analyze the current research landscape: identify areas that have enjoyed much research attention, point out open areas with unsolved challenges, and present a prioritization that can guide researchers to make progress on solving important challenges. Submissions must be distinguished by a checkbox on the submission form. In addition, the paper title must have the prefix "SoK:". 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.

Important Dates
Research papers and SoK papers due:Friday, November 16, 2012 (November 14, 2012)
Acceptance notification: Monday, January 28, 2013
Final papers due: Monday, March 4, 2013
All deadlines are 23:59 EST (UTC-5).

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.

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. Papers must not exceed 15 pages total (including the references and appendices). Papers must be formatted for US letter (not A4) size paper with margins of at least 3/4 inch on all sides. The text must be formatted in a two-column layout, with columns no more than 9 in. high and 3.375 in. wide. The text must be in Times font, 10-point or larger, with 12-point or larger line spacing. Authors are encouraged to use the IEEE conference proceedings templates found at: Failure to adhere to the page limit and formatting requirements will 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.

Conference Submission Server. Papers must be submitted using the submission site:
Submissions may be started now, and updated at any time until the submission deadline expires.

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:

Work-In-Progress Talks

A continuing feature of the symposium is a session of 5-minute talks where attendees can present preliminary research results and new ideas. More information on work-in-progress talk submissions will be available on the conference website.

Program Committee

Program Committee Chairs:
Wenke Lee, Georgia Institute of Technology
Adrian Perrig, Carnegie Mellon University and ETH Zurich
Michael Backes, Saarland University and MPI-SWS

Program Committee Members:

Martin Abadi, UC Santa Cruz and Microsoft ResearchMatteo Maffei, Saarland University
Michael Bailey, University of MichiganZ. Morley Mao, University of Michigan
Herbert Bos, Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamJonathan McCune, Google
Lujo Bauer, Carnegie Mellon UniversityPatrick McDaniel, Pennsylvania State University
David Brumley, Carnegie Mellon UniversityJohn Mitchell, Stanford University
Juan Caballero, IMDEA Software InstituteArvind Narayanan, Princeton University
Srdjan Capkun, ETH ZurichPeng Ning, North Carolina State University
Shuo Chen, Microsoft ResearchCristina Nita-Rotaru, Purdue University
Yan Chen, Northwestern UniversityBryan Parno, Microsoft Research
Weidong Cui, Microsoft ResearchRoberto Perdisci, University of Georgia
Robert Cunningham, MIT Lincoln LaboratoryNiels Provos, Google
George Danezis, Microsoft ResearchThomas Ristenpart, University of Wisconsin
Anupam Datta, Carnegie Mellon UniversityWilliam Robertson, Northeastern University
William Enck, North Carolina State UniversityAhmad-Reza Sadeghi, Technical University of Darmstadt
David Evans, University of VirginiaDavid Sands, Chalmers University of Technology
Nick Feamster, Georgia Institute of TechnologyR. Sekar, Stony Brook University
Debin Gao, Singapore Management UniversitySimha Sethumadhavan, Columbia University
Deepak Garg, MPI-SWSKapil Singh, IBM Research
Virgil Gligor, Carnegie Mellon UniversityRadu Sion, Stony Brook University
Guofei Gu, Texas A&M UniversityRobin Sommer, ICSI/LBNL
Thorsten Holz, Ruhr-University BochumPaul Syverson, Naval Research Labs
Seny Kamara, Microsoft ResearchPatrick Traynor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Yongdae Kim, KAISTVenkat Venkatakrishnan, University of Illinois, Chicago
Engin Kirda, Northeastern UniversityGiovanni Vigna, UC Santa Barbara
Christopher Kruegel, UC Santa BarbaraHelen Wang, Microsoft Research
Ruby Lee, Princeton UniversityXiaofeng Wang, Indiana University
Ninghui Li, Purdue UniversityYinglian Xie, Microsoft Research
Ben Livshits, Microsoft ResearchWei Zou, Peking University
John Lui, Chinese University of Hong Kong

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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