39th 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 2018 Security and Privacy Workshops will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018. All workshops will occur on that day. Up to six workshops will be hosted by SPW.

Important Dates

All deadlines are 23:59:59 EST (UTC-05).

Workshop proposals due September 20, 2017
Acceptance notification September 27, 2017
Workshop date May 24, 2018

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 workshop proposal template is available online at the IEEE S&P “Call for Workshops” website (, providing instructions and a more detailed description of information to include in proposals:

If there are problems using this template, contact .

Support to Workshop Organizers

All workshops associated with the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 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 responsibilities and constraints. The SPW organizers can help you with the following: meeting rooms at the conference hotel, meeting logistics (A/V, meals, etc.), registration, awards production, publishing proceedings with IEEE conference publication services (via IEEEXplore) and workshop publicity complimentary with IEEE S&P publicity efforts. Workshops will be advertised through, and workshop websites can be hosted at, 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 their workshop website; publicity for their workshop; 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 conflict of interest (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 configuration options, template schedule for sessions, etc., and would hope to jointly set up a successful workshop.

Workshop Evaluation Criteria

The purpose of SPW is to complement IEEE 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:



Workshops Chair Gabriela Ciocarlie SRI International
Workshops Publications Chair Bogdan Copos SRI International
Workshops Chair Emeritus Mark Gondree Sonoma State University

Steering Committee

Terry Benzel USC Information Sciences Institute
Rob Cunningham MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Sven Dietrich CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Deborah Frincke National Security Agency
Cynthia Irvine US Naval Postgraduate School