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CFP: Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security

Fri, January 21, 2005Call For Papers

Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS)

July 6-8, 2005

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA USA


Paper submissions are now open… deadline is February 25!

The 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 refereed papers, tutorials, a poster session, panels and invited talks, and discussion sessions.


We seek original papers describing research or experience in all areas of usable privacy and security. Topics include, but are not limited to, breakthrough models, innovative functionality and design, new applications of existing models or technology, usability testing of security features or security testing of usability features, and lessons learned from deploying and using usable privacy and security features. Papers should properly place the work within the field, cite related work, and clearly indicate the innovative aspects of the work or lessons learned as well as the contribution of the work to the field. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Accepted papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library as part of the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series.

Papers should be at most 12 pages including bibliography, appendices,and figures, using the ACM SIG proceedings template. The submission format is PDF. Detailed formatting and submission requirements is available at http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/soups/cfp.html.


We seek poster abstracts describing recent or ongoing research or experience in all areas of usable privacy and security. Submission of late breaking results and work in progress is especially encouraged. Posters will not be published, and thus may substantially overlap published papers or papers simultaneously submitted to a conference or journal. Submissions should follow the same formatting instructions as refereed papers, but should be at most two pages and should not include categories and subject descriptors, general terms, keywords, or a copyright block. Accepted poster abstracts will be distributed to symposium participants and made available on the symposium web site. In addition, SOUPS will include a poster session in which authors will exhibit their posters.


SOUPS will feature parallel, moderated breakout sessions (similar to Birds of a feather sessions) in which symposium participants will discuss a topic related to usable privacy and security. These sessions may include a brief introduction to the topic by the moderator, but otherwise will not include formal presentations. Discussion session topics may include, but are not limited to, definitions or metrics, design critiques, research agendas, or frameworks for collaborative research. We seek proposals for discussion session topics.  Proposals must include a one paragraph statement of the topic to be discussed and a one paragraph bio of each proposer that describes their experience or interest in the topic. Optionally, proposers may submit up to two pages of background material that can be distributed to participants and posted on the SOUPS website. Authors of accepted proposals will be expected to moderate their discussion session and provide a brief report on their session for posting on the SOUPS web site after the symposium.


Suggestions or proposals for panels, tutorials, or invited speakers should be sent to the general chair, lorrie AT acm.org, by February 25.


Paper submission deadline - February 25

Notification of paper acceptance - April 15

Poster and discussion session submission deadline - April 29

Camera ready papers due - May 16

Notification of poster and discussion session acceptance - May 20

Early registration deadline - May 27

Conference - July 6-8


SOUPS is being organized by the CMU Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS), with funding provided by Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

General chair

Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University

Refereed paper chair

Mary Ellen Zurko, IBM Software Group

Refereed paper committee

Mark S. Ackerman, University of Michigan

Konstantin Beznosov, University of British Columbia

Paul Dourish, University of California, Irvine

Scott Flinn, National Research Council Canada

Carrie Gates, Dalhousie University and Software Engineering Institute & Carnegie Mellon University

Clare-Marie Karat, IBM TJ Watson Research

John Karat, IBM TJ Watson Research

Andrew Patrick, NRC Canada & Carleton University

M. Angela Sasse, University College London (UCL), UK

DK Smetters, Palo Alto Reserach Center

Alma Whitten, Google

Jeff Yan, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Discussion Sessions Chair

Serge Egelman, Carnegie Mellon University

Posters Chairs

Steve Sheng and Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, Carnegie Mellon University

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