39th IEEE Symposium on
Security and Privacy

Student Program Committee

Following a successful model used at other premier technical conferences (sometimes called a "Shadow PC"), IEEE Security & Privacy will be organizing its third Student Program Committee in 2018. Student PCs allow students and others interested in future PC service to read submitted papers and go through the reviewing process, ultimately arriving at a shadow conference program. This opportunity allows future PC members to learn first-hand about the peer-review process and gain experience as a reviewer. The Student PC will consist of students and junior researchers and will provide reviews on a subset of submissions to the conference (paper authors may choose to opt-out of student reviews).

The Student PC will function much like an independent version of the "Senior" PC, including holding an in-person PC meeting and choosing its own program of papers. Papers submitted for the December 2017 deadline will be considered for the Student PC. Student PC reviewers will have to abide by the same rules and restrictions applicable to regular PC members. This includes, but is not limited to, rules against discussing the papers outside of the PC context, or using in any way results from reviewed papers before such papers have been published. Delegated reviews (i.e., external reviews) are not allowed for the Student PC. Making a submitted paper available to Student PC is optional; authors will have the opportunity to opt-in during the paper submission process. Student reviews for papers that are reviewed by the Student PC will be sent out after the actual review process for the December deadline has finished (end of January 2018).

The Student PC meeting will be held on Monday January 22, 2018, in New York.

The Student PC will be chaired by Thorsten Holz of Ruhr-University Bochum.

If you are interested in participating, please apply by sending mail to by October 27, 2017 (see below for instructions).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why hold a Student PC?

A. The Student PC is intended primarily to be an educational experience, modeled after successful Student PCs at SOSP, NSDI, IMC and other computer science conferences. The Student PC will write reviews of the real submissions to IEEE S&P in real time and will have an in-person Student PC meeting that closely simulates the full PC meeting. The Student PC members will debate papers and select a full program of papers. In addition, there will be two activities to help Student PC members better understand the conference paper selection process. Before reviews are assigned, there will be a teleconference discussing the components of good and bad reviews. Following the Student PC meeting, there will be a meta-discussion about the process. This discussion will focus on how to effectively review papers and the dynamics of choosing a conference program. After the Student PC, the Student PC reviews will be sent to the authors of the papers (marked as Student PC reviews).

Q. Who can participate in the Student PC?

A. The Student PC is open to PhD students and post-docs working in security and privacy who have not yet served on a "major" program committee (e.g. IEEE Security and Privacy, USENIX Security, CCS, NDSS, CRYPTO). If more applications are received than there is room, students will be given priority based on seniority in their programs and chosen to ensure diversity of backgrounds, institutions, and research interests.

Q. What is required of Student PC members?

A. Because the Student PC reviews will be available to the senior PC and paper authors, requirements are similar:

Q. Why should students participate?

A. While being a member of a Student PC is a significant amount of work, we expect it will be rewarding for a number of reasons, including:

Q. How can I apply?

A. If you are interested in participating, please email by October 27, 2017 with the following information:

Important Dates

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

Deadline to apply for Student PC October 27, 2017
Student PC membership notification October 31, 2017
Conference submission deadline December 1, 2017
Bids for papers to review December 6, 2017
Review deadline January 10, 2018
Discussion period January 11-21, 2018
Student PC meeting January 22, 2018

Student Program Committee


Thorsten Holz Ruhr-University Bochum

Student Members

Yasemin Acar Leibniz University Hannover
Tim Blazytko Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Michele Carminati Politecnico di Milano
Sze Yiu Chau Purdue University
Aisling Connolly ENS Paris
Ghada Dessouky TU Darmstadt
Navid Emamdoost University of Minnesota
Ali Farooq University of Turku
David Gens TU Darmstadt
Yuede Ji George Washington University
Xiangkun Jia Chinese Academy of Sciences
Florian Kelbert Imperial College London
Amin Kharraz Northeastern University
Marie-Sarah Lacharité Royal Holloway, University of London
Frank Li UC Berkeley
Aravind Machiry UC Santa Barbara
Veelasha Moonsamy Radboud University
Fabio Pierazzi Royal Holloway, University of London
Siddharth Prakash Rao Aalto University
Davide Quarta Politecnico di Milano
Elissa M. Redmiles University of Maryland
Nader Sehatbakhsh Georgia Institute of Technolog
Arash Shaghaghi University of New South Wales and Data61, CSIRO
Mahmood Sharif Carnegie Mellon University
Ming-Wei Shih Georgia Institute of Technology
Paria Shirani Concordia University
Christopher Späth Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Zachary Smith University of Luxembourg
Animesh Srivastava Caspar.AI
Pengfei Sun Rutgers University
Phani Vadrevu University of Georgia
Junia Valente University of Texas at Dallas
Alexios Voulimeneas UC Irvine
Tianhao Wang Purdue University
Christian Wressnegger TU Braunschweig
Qiuyu Xiao University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Wenjie Xiong Yale University
Dongpeng Xu Pennsylvania State University
Meng Xu Georgia Institute of Technology
Sophia Yakoubov MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Boston University
Andreas Zankl Fraunhofer AISEC