15th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2015)
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
June 30 – July 2, 2015
The annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) brings together privacy and anonymity experts from around the world to discuss recent advances and new perspectives. PETS addresses the design and realization of privacy services for the Internet and other data systems and communication networks.
PETS seeks paper and panel submissions for its 15th event to be held in Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA on June 30 – July 2, 2015. Papers should present novel practical and/or theoretical research into the design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies. While PETS has traditionally been home to research on anonymity systems and privacy-oriented cryptography, we strongly encourage submissions in a number of both well-established and some emerging privacy-related topics.
New starting this year: Papers will undergo a journal-style reviewing process and be published in the Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs). PoPETs, a scholarly 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 will be 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.
Authors can submit papers to one of several submission deadlines during the year. Papers are provided with major/minor revision decisions on a predictable schedule, where we endeavor to assign the same reviewers to major revisions. Authors can address the concerns of reviewers and rebut reviewer comments before a final decision on acceptance is made. Papers accepted for publication by May 15th will be presented at that year's symposium. Note that accepted papers must be presented at PETS.
Authors are encouraged to view our FAQ about the submission process.
Important Dates for PETS 2015
All deadlines are 1:00:00pm EST (UTC-5)
Paper submission deadline: Nov 22, 2014 (firm)
Author notification: Jan 15, 2015
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): Feb 15, 2015
Paper submission deadline: Feb 15, 2015 (firm)
Rebuttal period: March 23–25, 2015
Author notification: April 15, 2015
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): May 15, 2015
Important Dates for PETS 2016
PETS 2016 will be held July 19–22 2016 in Darmstadt, Germany.
Paper submission deadline: April 15, 2015 (firm)
Rebuttal period: May 23–25, 2015
Author notification: June 15, 2015
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): July 15, 2015
Papers which were submitted to a previous PETS deadline and invited to resubmit after major revisions can submit the revised paper up to two weeks after the stated deadline. Such papers must however be registered by the usual deadline. Papers which were not submitted to a previous deadline or submissions which were rejected from a previous PETS issue must be submitted by the stated deadline. To be considered as a major revision, papers invited to resubmit must be registered no later than six months after the initial submission; otherwise the paper will be treated as a new submission.
Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:
- Behavioural targeting
- Building and deploying privacy-enhancing systems
- Crowdsourcing for privacy
- Cryptographic tools for privacy
- Data protection technologies
- Differential privacy
- Economics of privacy and game-theoretical approaches to privacy
- 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
- Location and mobility privacy
- Measuring and quantifying privacy
- Obfuscation-based privacy
- Policy languages and tools for privacy
- Privacy and human rights
- Privacy in ubiquitous computing and mobile devices
- Privacy in cloud and big-data applications
- Privacy in social networks and microblogging systems
- 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
- General Chair (email@example.com):
- Rachel Greenstadt, Drexel University
- Program Chairs/Co-Editors-in-Chief (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Apu Kapadia, Indiana University Bloomington
- Steven Murdoch, University College London
- Program Committee/Editorial Board:
- Sadia Afroz, UC Berkeley
- N. Asokan, Aalto University and University of Helsinki
- Adam Aviv, United States Naval Academy
- Erman Ayday, Bilkent University
- Lujo Bauer, Carnegie Mellon University
- Marina Blanton, University of Notre Dame
- Joseph Bonneau, Princeton University
- Nikita Borisov, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Kevin Butler, University of Florida
- Kelly Caine, Clemson University
- Jan Camenisch, IBM Research – Zurich
- Srdjan Capkun, ETH Zurich
- Claude Castelluccia, INRIA Rhone-Alpes
- Kostas Chatzikokolakis, Lix Ecole Polytechnique
- Graham Cormode, University of Warwick
- Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University
- Anupam Datta, Carnegie Mellon University
- Roberto Di Pietro, Bell Labs France
- Claudia Diaz, KU Leuven
- Serge Egelman, UC Berkeley / ICSI
- William Enck, NC State University
- Zekeriya Erkin, TU Delft
- Adrienne Porter Felt, Google
- Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University
- Carl Gunter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Ryan Henry, Indiana University Bloomington
- Amir Herzberg, Bar Ilan University
- Raquel Hill, Indiana University Bloomington
- Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota
- Amir Houmansadr, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Rob Jansen, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
- Mohamed-Ali (Dali) Kaafar, NICTA Australia
- Jonathan Katz, University of Maryland
- Stefan Katzenbeisser, TU Darmstadt
- Negar Kiyavash, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Bart Knijnenburg, University of California, Irvine
- Markulf Kohlweiss, Microsoft Research
- Yoshi Kohno, University of Washington
- Adam J. Lee, University of Pittsburgh
- Wenke Lee, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Brian Levine, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Marc Liberatore, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Anna Lysyanskaya, Brown University
- Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Duke University
- Z. Morley Mao, University of Michigan
- Nick Mathewson, The Tor Project
- Prateek Mittal, Princeton University
- Steven Myers, Indiana University Bloomington
- Helen Nissenbaum, New York University
- Claudio Orlandi, Aarhus University
- Kenny Paterson, Royal Holloway, University of London
- Michael Reiter, UNC Chapel Hill
- Thomas Ristenpart, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Mike Rosulek, Oregon State University
- Reihaneh Safavi-Naini, University of Calgary
- Micah Sherr, Georgetown University
- Reza Shokri, ETH Zurich
- Radu Sion, Stony Brook University
- Adam Smith, Pennsylvania State University
- Jessica Staddon, Google
- Paul Syverson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
- Patrick Traynor, University of Florida
- Carmela Troncoso, Gradiant
- Eugene Vasserman, Kansas State University
- Yang Wang, Syracuse University
- Matthew Wright, UT Arlington
- Publications Chair (email@example.com):
- Qatrunnada Ismail
- Publicity Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Sadia Afroz, UC Berkeley
- HotPETs Chairs (email@example.com):
- Kelly Caine, Clemson University
- Michael Brennan, SecondMuse
- Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Papers to be submitted to the PET Symposium must be at most 10 pages excluding bibliography and appendices and 15 pages total in double-column ACM format (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates). PC members are not required to read the appendices, which should only be used to support evidence of the submission's technical validity, e.g., for detailed security proofs. Also, all papers must be anonymized (more information below). Papers not following these instructions risk being rejected without consideration of their merits.
Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings.
The paper should start with the title and an abstract. The introduction should give some background and summarize the contributions of the paper at a level appropriate for a non-specialist reader.
Papers will need to be submitted via the submission server for Issue 3 at:https://cgi.soic.indiana.edu/~pets2016/issue1/.
Anonymization of Submissions
All submitted papers will be judged based on their quality and relevance through double-blind reviewing, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. As an author, you are required to make a good-faith effort to preserve the anonymity of your submission, while at the same time allowing the reader to fully grasp the context of related past work, including your own. It is recognized that, at times, information regarding the identities of authors may become public outside the submission process (e.g., if a pre-print is published as a technical report or on a pre-print server) – the PC will ignore this external information. Minimally, please take the following steps when preparing your submission:
- Remove the names and affiliations of authors from the title page.
- Remove acknowledgment of identifying names and funding sources.
- Use care in referring to related work, particularly your own. Do not omit references to provide anonymity, as this leaves the reviewer unable to grasp the context. Instead, reference your past work in the third person, just as you would any other piece of related work by another author.
Papers describing experiments with users or user data (e.g., network traffic, passwords, social network information), 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. Authors are encouraged to include a subsection on Ethical Principles if human subjects research is conducted, and such a discussion may be required if deemed necessary during the review process. Authors are encouraged to contact PC chairs before submitting to clarify any doubts.
Accepted papers will be published as an Open Access Journal 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. Authors retain copyright of their work. Papers will be published under an open-access policy using a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.
Best Student Paper Award
The Andreas Pfitzmann PETS 2015 Best Student Paper Award will be selected at PETS 2015. Papers written solely or primarily by a student who is presenting the work at PETS 2015 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 is available on the HotPETS 2015 page.
We also invite proposals of up to 2 pages for panel discussions or other relevant presentations. In your proposal, (1) describe the nature of the presentation and why it is appropriate to the symposium, (2) suggest a duration for the presentation (ideally between 45 and 90 minutes), and (3) suggest some possible presenters.
Submit your proposal in the same manner as a PoPETs paper by the Feb 15 deadline. (All panel proposals received by the Feb 15 deadline will receive full consideration for that year's PETS.) Please begin your panel title with "Panel Proposal:". The program committee will consider panel proposals along with other symposium events and will respond by the paper decision date with an indication of its interest in scheduling the event.