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PETS 2019 : Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium


Conference Series : Privacy Enhancing Technologies
When Jul 16, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019
Where Stockholm, Sweden
Submission Deadline Aug 31, 2018
Notification Due Oct 31, 2018
Final Version Due Dec 15, 2018
Categories    privacy   computer science   security

Call For Papers

The annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) brings together privacy experts from around the world to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on research in privacy technologies. The 19th PETS event will be organized by KTH and held in Stockholm, Sweden 2019 (exact dates TBD). Papers undergo a journal-style reviewing process and accepted papers are published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs).

PoPETs, a scholarly, open access journal for timely research papers on privacy, has been established as a way to improve reviewing and publication quality while retaining the highly successful PETS community event. PoPETs is published by De Gruyter Open, the world's second largest publisher of open access academic content, and part of the De Gruyter group, which has over 260 years of publishing history. PoPETs does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

Submitted papers to PETS/PoPETs should present novel practical and/or theoretical research into the design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies.

Authors can submit papers to PoPETs four times a year, every three months, and are notified of the decisions about two months after submission. In addition to accept and reject decisions, papers may receive resubmit with major revisions decisions, in which case authors are invited to revise and resubmit their article to one of the following two issues. We endeavor to assign the same reviewers to revised versions. Papers accepted for an issue in the PoPETS 2019 volume must be presented at the symposium PETS 2019.

Submit papers for PoPETs 2019, Issue 1 at Please see the submission guidelines and our FAQ for more information about the process.

Important Dates for PETS 2019

All deadlines are 23:59:59 American Samoa time (UTC-11)

Issue 1
Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2018 (firm)
Rebuttal period: July 9 – 11, 2018
Author notification: August 1, 2018
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): September 15, 2018

Issue 2
Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2018 (firm)
Rebuttal period: October 8 – 10, 2018
Author notification: October 31, 2018
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): December 15, 2018

Issue 3
Paper submission deadline: November 30, 2018 (firm)
Rebuttal period: January 7 – 9, 2019
Author notification: February 1, 2019
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): March 15, 2019

Issue 4
Paper submission deadline: February 28, 2019 (firm)
Rebuttal period: April 8 – 10, 2019
Author notification: April 30, 2019
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): June 15, 2019

Authors invited to resubmit with major revisions can submit the revised (full) paper two weeks after the stated deadline. Such papers must, however, be registered with an abstract by the usual deadline. All other papers than these major revision resubmissions must be submitted by the stated deadline, including papers submitted to and rejected from previous issues. To benefit from the two-week deadline extension, major revisions must be submitted to one of the two issues following the decision. Major revisions submitted to later issues are treated as new submissions, due by the regular deadline and possibly assigned to new reviewers.

Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:

Behavioural targeting
Blockchain technologies applied to privacy
Building and deploying privacy-enhancing systems
Crowdsourcing for privacy
Cryptographic tools for privacy
Data protection technologies
Differential privacy
Economics and game-theoretical approaches to privacy
Empirical studies of privacy in real-world systems
Forensics and privacy
Human factors, usability and user-centered design for PETs
Information leakage, data correlation and generic attacks to privacy
Interdisciplinary research connecting privacy to economics, law, ethnography, psychology, medicine, biotechnology, human rights
Location and mobility privacy
Machine learning and privacy
Measuring and quantifying privacy
Mobile devices and privacy
Obfuscation-based privacy
Policy languages and tools for privacy
Privacy in cloud and big-data applications
Privacy in social networks
Privacy-enhanced access control, authentication, and identity management
Profiling and data mining
Reliability, robustness, and abuse prevention in privacy systems
Systems for anonymous communications and censorship resistance
Traffic analysis
Transparency enhancing tools
Web privacy

We also solicit Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers on any of this topics. To be suitable for publication, SoK articles must provide an added value beyond a literature review, such as novel insights, identification of research gaps, or challenges to commonly held assumptions.

General Chairs (
Panos Papadimitratos, KTH
Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University
Program Chairs/Co-Editors-in-Chief (
Carmela Troncoso, EPFL
Kostas Chatzikokolakis, CNRS
Program Committee/Editorial Board:
Ruba Abu-Salma, UCL
Gunes Acar, Princeton University
Sadia Afroz, ICSI / Berkeley
William Aiello, University of British Columbia
Mashael Al-Sabah, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Mario Alvim, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Abdelrahaman Aly, KU Leuven
Hadi Asghari, TU Delft
Shehar Bano, University College London
Kevin Bauer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Lujo Bauer, Carnegie Mellon University
Cecylia Bocovich, University of Waterloo
Nikita Borisov, UIUC
Bogdan Carbunar, Florida International University
Melissa Chase, Microsoft Research
Christopher Clifton, Purdue University
Scott Coull, FireEye
Jed Crandall, University of New Mexico
Anupam Das, Carnegie Mellon University
Rinku Dewri, University of Denver
Claudia Diaz, KU Leuven
Serge Egelman, ICSI / Berkeley
Tariq Elahi, KU Leuven
Ittay Eyal, Technion
Julien Freudiger, Apple
Sébastien Gambs, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Yossi Gilad, MIT
Rachel Greendstat, Drexel University
Jens Grossklags, Technical University Munich
Amir Herzberg, Bar Ilan University / University of Connecticut
Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota
Amir Houmansadr, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kévin Huguenin, Université de Lausanne
Rob Jansen, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Mobin Javed, Lahore University of Management Sciences and ICSI
Philipp Jovanovic, EPFL
Peter Kairouz, Stanford university
Apu Kapadia, Indiana University Bloomington
Aniket Kate, Purdue University
Stefan Katzenbeisser, TU Darmstadt
Florian Kerschbaum, University of Waterloo
Boris Koepf, IMDEA Software Institute
Yoshi Kohno, University of Washington
Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, IIIT Delhi
Alptekin Küpçü, Koç University
Susan Landau, Tufts University
Douglas Leith, Trinity College Dublin
Janne Lindqvist, Rutgers university
Chang Liu, Berkeley
Wouter Lueks, EPFL
Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Duke University
Ivan Martinovic, University of Oxford
Nick Mathewson, Tor Project
Michelle Mazurek, University of Maryland
Susan McGregor, Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Columbia Journalism School
Sarah Meiklejohn, UCL
Alan Mislove, Northeastern University
Prateek Mittal, Princeton University
Takao Murakami, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Steven Murdoch, University College London
Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University
Melek Onen, EURECOM
Cristina Onete, University of Limoges / XLIM
Claudio Orlandi, Aarhus University
Rebekah Overdorf, KU Leuven
Catuscia Palamidessi, Inria
Panagiotis Papadimitratos, KTH
Charalampos Papamanthou, University of Maryland
Paul Pearce, UC Berkley
Fabian Prasser, TU Munich
Bart Preneel, KU Leuven
Ananth Raghunathan, Google
Joel Reardon, University of Calgary
Alfredo Rial, University of Luxembourg
Franziska Roesner, University of Washington
Thomas Roessler, Google
Stefanie Roos, University of Waterloo
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, University of Darmstadt
Peter Schwabe, RU Nijmegen
Zubair Shafiq, University of Iowa
Reza Shokri, National University of Singapore
Claudio Soriente, NEC
Anna Squicciarini, Penn State University
Nick Sullivan, Cloudflare
Paul Syverson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Nina Taft, Google
Doug Tygar, UC Berkeley
Narseo Vallina, IMDEA Networks Institute
Joris Van Hoboken, Vrije Universiteit Brussels / University of Amsterdam
Eugene Vasserman, Kansas State University
Tara Whalen, Google
Philipp Winter, UC San Diego / CAIDA
Matthew Wright, RIT
Thomas Zacharias, University of Edinburgh
Ben Zhao, University of Chicago
HotPETs Chairs (
Wouter Lueks, EPFL
Susan McGregor, Columbia
PET Award Chairs (
Matthew Wright, RIT
Sponsorship Chair (
Rachel Greenstadt, Drexel University
Steven Murdoch, University College London
Publicity Chairs (
Kat Hanna
Rebekah Overdorf, KU Leuven
Publications Chairs (
Vasilios Mavroudis, University College London
Philipp Winter, Princeton University
Video Chair (
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Ryan Henry, Indiana University Bloomington
Web Chairs
Ian Goldberg, Univerity of Waterloo
Kat Hanna

Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies
You are invited to submit nominations for the 2019 Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies. The Caspar Bowden PET award is presented annually to researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to the theory, design, implementation, or deployment of privacy enhancing technologies. It is awarded at PETS and carries a cash prize as well as a physical award monument.

Any paper by any author written in the area of privacy enhancing technologies is eligible for nomination. However, the paper must have appeared in a refereed journal, conference, or workshop with proceedings published in the period from April 1, 2017 until March 30, 2019.

Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award
The Andreas Pfitzmann PETS 2019 Best Student Paper Award will be selected at PETS 2019. Papers written solely or primarily by a student who is presenting the work at PETS 2019 are eligible for the award.

As with the last several years, part of the symposium will be devoted to HotPETs — the "hottest," most exciting research ideas still in a formative state. Further information will be published on the PETS 2019 website soon.

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