Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security
CALL FOR PAPERS, POSTERS, AND PROPOSALS
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The 2012 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) will bring
together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners
in human computer interaction, security, and privacy. The program will
feature technical papers, a poster
session, panels and
invited talks, lightning talks and demos, and workshops
and tutorials. This year SOUPS will be held in Washington, DC.
See important dates below.
March 9, 2012, 5 pm US Pacific time
Papers are NOT to be anonymized
12 pages excluding bibliography & non-essential appendices (20 pages max)
Use SOUPS MS Word or LaTeX templates
Read this CFP in detail and see the common pitfalls document
We invite authors to submit original papers describing research or experience in all areas of usable privacy and security. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- innovative security or privacy functionality and design,
- new applications of existing models or technology,
- field studies of security or privacy technology,
- usability evaluations of new or existing security or privacy features,
- security testing of new or existing usability features,
- longitudinal studies of deployed security or privacy features,
- the impact of organizational policy or procurement decisions, and
- lessons learned from the deployment and use of usable privacy and
- reports of replicating previously published studies and
experiments, (new this year!)
- reports of failed usable security studies or experiments, with the
focus on the lessons learned from such experience (new this year!).
All submissions must relate to both usability and either security or privacy. Papers on security or privacy applications that do not address usability or human factors will not be considered.
Papers need to describe the purpose and goals of the work, cite related work, show how the work effectively integrates
usability and security or privacy, and clearly indicate the
innovative aspects of the work or lessons learned as well as the
contribution of the work to the field.
Papers must use the SOUPS formatting template (available for
Word or LaTeX) and be up to 12 pages in length, excluding the
bibliography and any supplemental appendices. Authors have the
option to attach to their paper supplemental appendices containing
study materials (e.g. surveys) that would not otherwise fit within
the body of the paper. These appendices may be included to assist
reviewers who may have questions that fall outside the stated
contribution of your paper, on which your work is to be evaluated.
Reviewers are not required to read any appendices so your paper should be self contained without them.
Accepted papers will be published online with their supplemental appendices included. Submissions must be no more than 20 pages including bibliography and appendices. For the body of your paper, brevity is appreciated, as evidenced by the fact that many papers in prior years have been well under this limit. All submissions must be in PDF format and should not be blinded.
Submit your paper electronically at http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/crp/soups2012/.
Technical paper submissions will close at 5 pm, US Pacific time,
Friday, March 9. This is a hard deadline! Authors will be notified of technical paper acceptance by May 16, and camera-ready final versions of technical papers are due June 16.
Accepted papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library as part of the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series. Submitted papers must not significantly overlap papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a peer-reviewed venue or publication. Any overlap between your submitted paper and other work either under submission or previously published must be documented in a clearly-marked explanatory note at the front of the paper. State precisely how the two works differ in their goals, any use of shared experiments or data sources, and the unique contributions. If the other work is under submission elsewhere, the program committee may ask to review that work to evaluate the overlap. Please note that program committees frequently share information about papers under review and reviewers usually work on multiple conferences simultaneously. As technical reports are not peer reviewed they are exempt from this rule. You may also release pre-prints of your accepted work to the public at your discretion.
Authors are encouraged to review: Common
Pitfalls in Writing about Security and Privacy Human Subjects
Experiments, and How to Avoid Them.
User experiments should follow the basic principles of ethical
research, e.g., beneficence (maximizing the benefits to an
individual or to society while minimizing harm to the individual),
minimal risk (appropriateness of the risk versus benefit ratio),
voluntary consent, respect for privacy, and limited
deception. New this year: Authors may be asked to include explanation of how ethical principles were followed in their final papers should questions arise during the review process.
Technical Papers Committee
Heather Lipford, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Co-Chair)
Konstantin Beznosov, University of British Columbia (Co-Chair)
Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University
Lujo Bauer, Carnegie Mellon University
Robert Biddle, Carleton University
L. Jean Camp, Indiana University
Sonia Chiasson, Carleton University
Lynne Coventry, Northumbria University
Alexander De Luca, University of Munich
Rachna Dhamija, Usable Security Systems
Serge Egelman, University of California, Berkeley
Simson L. Garfinkel, Naval Postgraduate School
Cormac Herley, Microsoft Research
Apu Kapadia, Indiana University
Andrew Patrick, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Rob Reeder, Microsoft
Michael Reiter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Stuart Schechter, Microsoft Research
Diana Smetters, Google
Rick Wash, Michigan State University
Melanie Volkammer, Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt
Mary Ellen Zurko, IBM
We seek poster abstracts describing recent or ongoing research or
experience in all areas of usable privacy and security. Submissions
should use the SOUPS poster template [MS Word]
[LaTeX] and be at most
two pages including bibliography. Submissions should not be
poster abstracts will be distributed to symposium participants and made available on the symposium web site. Please follow the
final submission formatting
instructions when preparing your poster abstract to avoid the need to revise poster abstracts after
acceptance decisions are made. In addition, SOUPS will include a
poster session in which authors will exhibit their posters. Note,
poster abstracts should be formatted like short papers, not like
posters. Authors of accepted posters will be sent information about
how to prepare and format posters for the conference.
Submit your poster using the electronic submissions page.
We also welcome authors of recent papers (2011 to 2012) on usable privacy
and security to present your work at the SOUPS poster session. Please submit
in a PDF file: (1) the title and abstract of your conference paper, (2) full
bibliographical citation, and (3) a link to the published (official)
version, instead of the regular poster abstract.
Submissions will close at 5pm, US Pacific time, May 23.
LIGHTNING TALKS AND DEMOS
A continuing feature of SOUPS is a session of 5-minute talks. These
could include emerging hot topics, preliminary research results,
practical problems encountered by end users or industry practitioners,
a lesson learned, a research challenge that could benefit from
feedback, a war story, ongoing research, a success, a failure, a
future experiment, tips and tricks, a pitfall to avoid, etc. If you
would like to participate in the lightning talk session, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org by June 29, with your name, affiliation, the
title, and a brief abstract (up to 200 words) of your lightning talk.
Confirmations of a lightning talk slot will be given by July 6. You
will need to deliver your slides for the 5-minute talk to the
Interactive Sessions Chair via the same email address by Monday, July
New this year: SOUPS is planning to include a demo session, in which
participants will have the opportunity to interactively introduce to
the full SOUPS audience their new, cool, and exciting visualization,
user interface, or interaction paradigm related to security and
privacy. Demo presentations will be 5 to 10 minutes in length, and
should convey the main idea of the interface and one or more scenarios
or use cases. To be considered for a presentation, a proposal
describing the demonstration should be emailed to
email@example.com by May 23. Demo proposals should be no
longer than two pages, and should use the formatting guidelines
described above for poster abstracts. Confirmations of demo slots will
be given by June 6.
WORKSHOPS AND TUTORIALS
We are soliciting proposals for a small number of in-depth sessions
on usable security and privacy. These sessions could run either a half
or full day, and could be lecture-oriented (tutorial) or a
group-oriented session designed to widely share experience
(workshop). To get a better idea, please see the following examples of previous workshop and tutorial descriptions:
Examples of Previous Workshops:
Examples of Previous Tutorials:
Proposals should include the following:
- Leader(s) (including pertinent biographical information)
- Format (tutorial or workshop)
- Duration (half or full day)
- Target audience
- (Workshops only) Goals and highlights of the call for participation.
In-depth sessions will be open to all SOUPS attendees. They will
generate materials that will be made available on the SOUPS website
(tutorial notes, workshop presentations and a
report/summary). Workshops will have their own CFP for presentations,
abstracts, or short papers, which will be published by February 15.
Send in-depth session proposals to sessions AT cups DOT cs DOT cmu DOT edu by
SOUPS is seeking proposals for panels. A good
panel focuses on an issue of current concern, and has a strong and
clear point of contention in the topic, in the questions, and in the
panelist points of view. Full proposals should contain a title,
description of the topic, and suggested panelists (with pertinent
biographical information). We encourage panels structured as debates
rather than just a series of short talks. We are also interested in ideas for
panels you would like to see on the program, even if you do not
wish to be a panel organizer.
Send suggestions or proposals for panels to sessions AT cups DOT cs DOT cmu DOT edu by January 13.
We're looking for ideas for invited speakers. Please suggest a
speaker you would like to hear from, or have heard recently with something
provocative or visionary to say on the topic of usable security and
Send suggestions for invited speakers to sessions AT cups DOT cs DOT cmu DOT edu by January 13.
Early registration deadline - June 8
Conference - July 11-13
Submission deadline - March 9, 5 pm US Pacific time (hard deadline!)
Notification of paper acceptance - May 16
Camera ready papers due - June 16
Posters and demos
Submission deadline - May 23, 5 pm US Pacific time
Notification of acceptance - June 6
Tutorials and workshops
In-depth session proposal submission deadline - January 13
Notification of in-depth session proposal acceptance - January 27
Workshop paper submission deadline - May 8
Notification of workshop paper acceptance - June 6
Camera ready papers due - June 16
Panels and invited talks
Panel proposal submission deadline - January 13
Speaker suggestion submission deadline - January 13
Submission deadline - June 29
Notification of acceptance - July 6
SOUPS 2012 is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon CyLab.