MAY 21-23, 2018 AT THE HYATT REGENCY, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

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, likely in New York (the exact location still needs to be confirmed, it will be on the East Coast of the US).

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 oaklandshadowpcchair@ieee-security.org 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 oaklandshadowpcchair@ieee-security.org 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


Chair

Thorsten Holz Ruhr-University Bochum

Student Members