MAY 23-27, 2021

42nd IEEE Symposium on
Security and Privacy

Shadow Program Committee

IEEE Security & Privacy will be organizing its fifth Shadow Program Committee in 2021. Shadow PCs allow students and post-docs interested in future PC service to read submitted papers and go through the reviewing process, ultimately arriving at a shadow conference program. Note that in past years this committee has been called the “Student Program Committee”. This opportunity allows future PC members to learn first-hand about the peer-review process and gain experience as a reviewer. The Shadow PC will consist of students and post-docs and will provide reviews on a subset of submissions to the conference (paper authors may choose to opt-out of shadow reviews).

The Shadow PC will function much like an independent version of the "Senior" PC, including holding an virtual PC meeting and choosing its own program of papers. Papers submitted for the December 2020 deadline will be considered for the Shadow PC. Shadow 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 Shadow PC. Making a submitted paper available to Shadow PC is optional; authors will have the opportunity to opt-in during the paper submission process. Shadow reviews for papers that are reviewed by the Shadow PC will be sent out after the actual review process for the December deadline has finished (end of January 2021).

The Shadow PC meeting will be held online on February 02 2021 (9am-noon ET).

The Shadow PC will be chaired by Reza Shokri at National University of Singapore and Yuan Tian of University of Virginia.

If you are interested in participating, please apply by filling out the Google Form here by November 26, 2020 (see below for instructions).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why hold a Shadow PC?

A. The Shadow PC is intended primarily to be an educational experience. The Shadow PC will write reviews of the real submissions to IEEE S&P in real time and will have an virtual Shadow PC meeting that closely simulates the full PC meeting. The Shadow PC members will debate papers and select a full program of papers. In addition, there will be two activities to help Shadow 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 Shadow 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 Shadow PC, the Shadow PC reviews will be sent to the authors of the papers (marked as Shadow PC reviews).

Q. Who can participate in the Shadow PC?

A. The Shadow 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 Shadow PC members?

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

Q. Why should I participate?

A. While being a member of a Shadow 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 apply by filling out the Google Form here by November 26, 2020. The following information is asked for:

Important Dates

All deadlines are 23:59:59 AOE

Student Program Committee

Chair Reza Shokri, National University of Singapore, Yuan Tian, University of Virginia.