The GREPSEC IV Workshop
May 18-19, 2019

The Marines' Memorial Club
San Francisco, California

An NSF and industry supported workshop for women and underrepresented groups interested in computer security research. 


GREPSEC IV has concluded; workshop photos are here.

This is an NSF and industry supported workshop for early-stage graduate students, specifically women and members of underrepresented groups in this field. The workshop is designed for those who are interested in computer security but who have not yet chosen a definite research area.

One of the great conundrums of computer science is how to establish the security and trustworthiness of computers, the data they hold, and their communications. The field has attracted brilliant innovations, but the constantly changing technology landscape undermines solutions. There are new opportunities for great thinkers to tackle new problems. The first GREPSEC workshop was in 2013, the second in 2015, the third in 2017, and this fourth workshop, like the others, is dedicated to attracting beginning researchers and showing them the wide spectrum of areas that need attention.

Computer security is a discipline that began with the need to control shared resources on expensive computing engines and has grown into a field encompassing nearly all computing devices, from heart implants to cell phones to cloud computing. During the workshop leading minds in this field will address graduate students, showing them the range of knowledge and open problems that fall under the umbrella of security and privacy.

The relaxed nature of the workshop will give students time to talk informally with speakers about research opportunities and career paths. Speakers will be invited based on their accomplishments in research and their ability to mentor students from diverse backgrounds.

The workshop is a one-and-a-half-day weekend event in downtown San Franciso, just prior to the Security and Privacy Symposium.

US students accepted to the GREPSEC workshop will be eligible for travel grants; we have funding for a few international students. Space is limited and an application is required of all potential attendees. The application period is now closed.

In addition to funding from the National Science Foundation, GREPSEC has financial assistance from donors: