36th IEEE Symposium on
Security and Privacy

Call for Workshops

Since 1980, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (SP) has been the premier forum for the presentation of developments in computer security and electronic privacy, and for bringing together researchers and practitioners in the field.  To expand opportunities for scientific exchanges, the IEEE CS Technical Committee on Security and Privacy created the Security and Privacy Workshops (SPW). The typical purpose of such a workshop is to cover a specific aspect of security and privacy in more detail, making it easy for the participants to attend IEEE SP and a specialized workshop at SPW with just one trip. Furthermore, the co-location offers synergies for the organizers. The number of workshops and attendees has grown steadily during recent years. Workshops can be annual events, one time events, or aperiodic.

The Security and Privacy Workshops in 2015 will be held on Thursday, May 21. All workshops will occur on that day. Up to six workshops will be hosted by SPW.

Important Dates

All deadlines are 23:59:59 CET (UTC+01).

September 14, 2014 Workshop proposals due
September 23, 2014 Acceptance notification
May 21, 2015 Workshop date

Submission Details

Submit proposals at Please direct questions to

Proposal Requirements

There will be some interaction in deciding upon and setting up a workshop, but the initial proposal should already contain a considerable amount of information. A template with instructions and a more detailed description of useful information to include in proposals has been created to help prospective organizers provide the information needed:

If there are difficulties downloading the proposal template, try right clicking the link and selecting "Download Linked File" or contact

Support to Workshop Organizers

All workshops associated with SPW 2015 will be under the financial and legal responsibility of the IEEE Computer Society. This has great advantages for organizers, e.g., with respect to risk coverage and insurance, but also entails some requirements and constraints. The SPW organizers can help you with the following: meeting rooms at the conference hotel, meeting logistics (A/V, meals etc.), budgeting, registration and publicity. Workshops will be advertised on and hosted on The SPW committee will also help with publicity via a free ad in Security and Privacy Magazine and a banner ad on, email lists of past attendees (those with opt-in), and notifications to press organizations.

Responsibilities of Workshop Organizers

Workshop organizers have responsibility for maintaining the workshop website; workshop publicity; soliciting, reviewing, and accepting papers; constructing the final program; and all interactions with authors, speakers, etc. Reviewing should be done in accordance with IEEE guidelines (3 reviews per paper, avoid COI, program chair must review all comments before they are sent back to authors, etc.) If you are interested, we will send you a more detailed list of the responsibilities, meeting room options, etc., and would hope to jointly set up a successful workshop.

Workshop Evaluation Criteria

The purpose of SPW is to complement S&P and provide an environment conducive to new ideas and discussion. The criteria for evaluation are intended assess workshop proposals in this context by considering the following: