July 23-25, 2008
Pittsburgh, PA


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Past conferences SOUPS 2005
SOUPS 2006
SOUPS 2007

Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library: 2007, 2006, 2005

SOUPS Photos: 2007, 2006

Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security

The fourth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) will be held July 23-25, 2008 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. This symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners in human computer interaction, security, and privacy. The program features technical papers, workshops and tutorials, a poster session, panels and invited talks, and discussion sessions.

SOUPS 2008 Highlights

SOUPS 2008 will begin with a Workshop on Usable IT Security Management (USM '08) and The Symposium on Accessible Privacy and Security.

During this three-day event, you'll have an opportunity to hear from people doing cutting edge research as well as from industry folks who will report on their first hand experiences with usable privacy and security challenges. The popular SOUPS poster session as well as social events, breaks, and discussion sessions will provide opportunities to share ideas and network with other participants.

The SOUPS 2008 invited talk will be given by Ross Anderson, one of the founders of a vigorously-growing new discipline: the economics of information security.

Continuing the tradition of interesting SOUPS social events, on Thursday evening SOUPS 2008 attendees will head to the Phipps Conservatory for dinner overlooking a lush tropical forest.

SOUPS 2008 will be held on the Carnegie Mellon University campus. Accommodations have been reserved for SOUPS attendees at the nearby Holiday Inn as well as in the university dorms.

Not Your Typical Conference

SOUPS distinguishes itself from other conferences by both providing a high quality technical program and by bringing together an interdisciplinary group of attendees in a format conducive to informal discussion and networking. SOUPS offers reasonable registration fees, which include meals catered by local restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines. Past attendees have raved about "the amazing group of people who were here to talk with" and the "awesome food." One past attendee wrote: "Overall, this is the best conference I've attended. I may be ruined forever going to SIGCHI and other larger conferences."


SOUPS is being blogged on the CUPS Blog

SOUPS 2009 will be held July 15-17, 2009 in Mountain View, CA

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SOUPS is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon CyLab.