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HoTSoS 2017 : Hot Topics in Science of Security Symposium and Bootcamp


When Apr 4, 2017 - Apr 5, 2017
Where Hanover, Maryland
Submission Deadline Dec 14, 2016
Notification Due Feb 15, 2017
Final Version Due Mar 1, 2017
Categories    science of security   cyber physical systems   resilient architectures   metrics

Call For Papers


Submissions are solicited for the 4th Annual Hot Topics in the Science of Security (HoTSoS) Symposium and Bootcamp, which will be held April 4-5, 2017 at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover, Maryland. The symposium will include a mix of invited talks, refereed papers, panels, tutorials, and posters. As in prior years, papers will appear in the conference proceedings to be published by ACM Press.


HoTSoS draws together researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders from government, industry, and academia. The conference provides a forum for dialogue centered upon the development and advancement of scientific foundations in cybersecurity. The technical emphasis of HoTSoS is on scientific methods, data gathering and analysis, experimental approaches, mathematical models, and the interactions among those approaches to build a foundational science of security. The HoTSoS vision is one of engaging and growing a community—including researchers and skilled practitioners from diverse disciplines—that is focused around the advancement of scientific methods.


We invite submissions on any topic related to science of security that aligns with the conference scope and goals listed above. The 2017 HoTSoS will highlight the following themes:

- Scalability and composability in the construction of secure systems,
- Policy-governed collaboration for handling data across different domains of authority while ensuring security and privacy,
- Security metrics to guide choice-making in security engineering and response,
- Resilient architectures that can deliver service despite compromised components,
- Analysis of human behavior, including modeling users, operators, and adversaries, to support improved design and analysis,
- Foundational research related to privacy that allows for the ability to use (i.e., collect, store, and share) data in accordance with requirements, and
- Foundations for the security of cyber-physical systems, including applications to the Internet of Things.


Submissions: December 14, 2016
Decisions: February 15, 2017
Final Versions: March 1, 2017
Conference: April 4-5, 2017


- Submission deadline. Submissions of full papers must be made by the deadline of Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (anywhere on Earth) through
- Submission format. Submissions should be at most 10 pages in double-column ACM format ( including the bibliography or, alternatively, 9 pages not including the bibliography. The paper may have optional appendices, but reviewers are not required to read them. All submissions must be in PDF format.
- Simultaneity. Submissions must not have been published previously, and may not be submitted in parallel to any other journal or conference/workshop with published proceedings. The program chairs reserve the right to consult confidentially with other chairs and responsible parties if a double submission is suspected.
- Posters and tutorials. We are also accepting posters and proposals for tutorials. Poster submissions should not be longer than 1 page. Tutorial submissions should not be longer than 5 pages. Tutorial submissions should include a detailed syllabus of material to be presented. Proposals for posters and tutorial can be submitted through


Program Chair
Jonathan Katz, University of Maryland

Michel Cukier, University of Maryland
Xenofon Koutsoukos, Vanderbilt University
Program Committee
Adam Aviv, United States Naval Academy
Travis Breaux, Carnegie Mellon University
Alvaro Cardenas, UT Dallas
Will Enck, North Carolina State University
Chris Gates, Symantec
Limin Jia, Carnegie Mellon University
Michael Maass, Bosch Research
Sam Malek, George Mason University
Michelle Mazurek, University of Maryland
Sayan Mitra, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Charles Morisset, Newcastle University
Bill Sanders, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Bill Scherlis, Carnegie Mellon University
Jessica Staddon, North Carolina State University
Adam Tagert, National Security Agency
Eugene Vorobeychik, Vanderbilt University
Shouhuai Xu, UT San Antonio


Please send any questions about topics or submission requirements to

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