Call for Papers

24th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2024)

July 15–20, 2024

Bristol, UK and Online

The annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) brings together experts from around the world to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on research in privacy technologies. The 24th PETS will be a hybrid event with a physical gathering held in Bristol, UK and a concurrent virtual event. Papers undergo a journal-style reviewing process, and accepted papers are published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs). Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to attend and present at the physical event, where their presentations can be recorded for the virtual event and where they can participate directly in in-person research, technical, and social activities. However, in-person attendance is not required for publication in the proceedings. We will carefully monitor the COVID-19 situation, and may change the organization of the event as necessary

PoPETs, a scholarly, open-access journal for research papers on privacy, provides high-quality reviewing and publication while also supporting the successful PETS community event. PoPETs is self-published and does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

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 endeavour to assign the same reviewers to major revisions. Please view our FAQ for more information about the process.

Submission Guidelines

The submission guidelines contain important submission information for authors. Please note especially the instructions for anonymizing submissions and for ensuring ethical research. Papers must be submitted via the PETS 2024 submission server. The submission URL is: https://submit.petsymposium.org/.

Important Dates for PETS 2024

All deadlines are 23:59:59 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)

Issue 1
Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2023 (firm)
Rebuttal period: July 17–21, 2023
Author notification: August 1, 2023
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): September 15, 2023

Issue 2
Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2023 (firm)
Rebuttal period: October 16–20, 2023
Author notification: November 1, 2023
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): December 15, 2023

Issue 3
Paper submission deadline: November 30, 2023 (firm)
Rebuttal period: January 15–19, 2024
Author notification: February 1, 2024
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): March 15, 2024

Issue 4
Paper submission deadline: February 29, 2024 (firm)
Rebuttal period: April 8–12, 2024
Author notification: May 1, 2024
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): June 15, 2024

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 papers other than major revision resubmissions must be submitted in full 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.

Scope

Papers submitted to PETS/PoPETs should present novel practical and/or theoretical research into the requirements, design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies and the social, cultural, legal, or situational contexts in which they are used. Note that a paper's relevance to privacy applications is crucial for our community. PETS is open to topics from the wider area of security and privacy (cryptographic primitives, security mechanisms, differentially-private mechanisms, etc.) as long as it is clear how these serve to improve or understand privacy in technology (e.g., it includes a use case, evaluation on real data, integration with an application, etc.). PETS is also open to interdisciplinary research examining people’s and communities’ privacy needs, preferences, and expectations as long as it is clear how these findings can impact the design, development, or deployment of technology with privacy implications.

Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:

We also solicit Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers on any of these topics: papers putting together existing knowledge under some common light (adversary model, requirements, functionality offered, etc.), providing novel insights, identifying research gaps or challenges to commonly held assumptions, etc. Survey papers, without such contributions, are not suitable. SoK submissions should include "SoK:" in their title and check the corresponding option in the submission form.

General Chair (gc24@petsymposium.org)
Awais Rashid, University of Bristol
Program Chairs/Co-Editors-in-Chief (pets24-chairs@petsymposium.org)
Zubair Shafiq, University of California, Davis
Micah Sherr, Georgetown University
Vice Program Chairs/Associate Editors-in-Chief
Gunes Acar, Radboud University
Sadia Afroz, ICSI
Anna Maria Mandalari, Imperial College London
Rebekah Overdorf, University of Lausanne
Paul Syverson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Program Committee/Editorial Board:
Ruba Abu-Salma, King’s College London
Omer Akgul, University of Maryland
Eman Alashwali, King Abdulaziz University (KAU) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
Ghada Almashaqbeh, University of Connecticut
Mário Alvim, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG
Héber H. Arcolezi, Inria and École Polytechnique (IPP)
Hassan Asghar, Macquarie University
Erman Ayday, Case Western Reserve University
Jonas Böhler, SAP SE
Sangwook Bae, Cape
Harel Berger, Georgetown University
Igor Bilogrevic, Google
Eleanor Birrell, Pomona College
Erik-Oliver Blass, Airbus
Franziska Boenisch, University of Toronto and Vector Institute
Niklas Carlsson, Linkoping University
Sofia Celi, Brave Software
Varun Chandrasekaran, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Microsoft Research
Rahul Chatterjee, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ang Chen, Rice University
Min Chen, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
Yimin (Ian) Chen, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Francesco Ciclosi, University of Trento
Shaanan Cohney, University of Melbourne
Kovila Coopamootoo, King's College London
Jean-François Couchot, FEMTO-ST Institute, Université de Franche-Comté
Scott Coull, Google
Jed Crandall, Arizona State University
Ha Dao, Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Debajyoti Das, KU Leuven
Edwin Dauber, Widener University
Alex Davidson, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Damien Desfontaines, Tumult Labs
Nir Drucker, IBM Research - Israel
Christoph Egger, Université Paris Cité, CNRS, IRIF
Zeki Erkin, Delft University of Technology
Álvaro Feal, Northeastern University
Ellis Fenske, US Naval Academy
Natasha Fernandes, School of Computing, Macquarie University
Imane Fouad, Inria
Emre Gürsoy, Koç University, Turkey
Kevin Gallagher, NOVA LINCS, NOVA School of Science and Technology
Sébastien Gambs, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Christina Garman, Purdue University
Paolo Gasti, New York Institute of Technology
Sepideh Ghanavati, University of Maine
Badih Ghazi, Google Research
Ian Goldberg, University of Waterloo
Devashish Gosain, KU Leuven
Rachel Greenstadt, NYU
Johanna Gunawan, Northeastern University
Cheng Guo, Clemson University / Google
Syed Mahbub Hafiz, LG Silicon Valley Lab
Lucjan Hanzlik, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
Rakibul Hasan, Arizona State University
Weijia He, Dartmouth College
Urs Hengartner, University of Waterloo
Martin Henze, RWTH Aachen University & Fraunhofer FKIE
Dominik Herrmann, University of Bamberg, Germany
Jens Hiller, Google
Nguyen Phong Hoang, University of Chicago
Thang Hoang, Virginia Tech
Sanghyun Hong, Computer Science at Oregon State University
Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota
Roberto Hoyle, Oberlin College
Rob Jansen, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Jinyuan Jia, The Pennsylvania State University
Alptekin Küpçü, Koç University
Bailey Kacsmar, University of Alberta
Pritish Kamath, Google Research
Stefan Katzenbeisser, University of Passau, Germany
Megha Khosla, TU Delft
Nadim Kobeissi, NYM Technologies SA / Symbolic Software
Konrad Kollnig, Maastricht University
Chelsea Komlo, University of Waterloo
Steve Kremer, Inria Nancy
Dhruv Kuchhal, Paypal, Inc.
Deepak Kumar, Stanford University
Piyush Kumar Sharma, KU Leuven
Russell W.F. Lai, Aalto University
Duc V. Le, Visa Research
Hieu Le, UC Irvine
Jaewoo Lee, University of Georgia
Ming Li, The University of Texas at Arlington
Kaitai Liang, Delft University of Technology
Wouter Lueks, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
Ning Luo, Northwestern University
Jack P. K. Ma, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Saeed Mahloujifar, FAIR, Meta AI
Mohammad Malekzadeh, Nokia Bell Labs
Nathan Malkin, University of Maryland
Sunil Manandhar, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Pasin Manurangsi, Google Research
Rahat Masood, The University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Travis Mayberry, US Naval Academy
Peter Mayer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Maryam Mehrnezhad, Royal Holloway University of London
Sebastian Meiser, University of Lübeck
Ian Miers, University of Maryland
Mohsen Minaei, Visa Research
Meisam Mohammady, Iowa State University
Victor Morel, Chalmers University of Technology
Pedro Moreno-Sanchez, IMDEA Software Institute
Sumit Mukherjee, insitro
Steven Murdoch, University College London
Jim Newsome, Tor Project
Benjamin Nguyen, INSA Centre Val de Loire
Catuscia Palamidessi, Inria
Nisha Panwar, Augusta University
Panagiotis Papadopoulos, iProov
Tobias Pulls, Karlstad University, Sweden
Reethika Ramesh, University of Michigan
Vera Rimmer, imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven
Stefanie Roos, TU Delft
Giovanni Russello, University of Auckland
Muhammad Saad, PayPal
Reihaneh Safavi-Naini, University of Calgary
Kavous Salehzadeh Niksirat, University of Lausanne
Adam Sealfon, Google
William Seymour, King's College London
Siamak Shahandashti, University of York
Ali Shahin Shmasabadi, The Alan Turing Institute
Shawn Shan, University of Chicago
Supreeth Shastri, University of Iowa
Yan Shvartzshnaider, York University
Sandra Siby, Imperial College London
Tjerand Silde, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Lucy Simko, George Washington University
Claudio Soriente, NEC Laboratories Europe
Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, IMDEA Networks Institute
Jose Such, King's College London & Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
Ruoxi Sun, The University of Adelaide & CSIRO's Data61
Wei Sun, UCSD
Ajith Suresh, Technology Innovation Institute (TII)
Iraklis Symeonidis, RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden
Mohammad Tahaei, eBay / International Computer Science Institute
Daniel Takabi, Georgia State University
Michael Toth, Inria
Ni Trieu, Arizona State University
Anselme Tueno, SAP SE
Nirvan Tyagi, Cornell University
Benjamin Ujcich, Georgetown University
Tobias Urban, Institute for Internet Security & secunet Security Networks AG
Christine Utz, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
Tom Van Goethem, Google
Ryan Wails, Georgetown University, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Ding Wang, Nankai University
Haoyu Wang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Jiafan Wang, CSIRO's Data61
Liang Wang, Princeton University
Miranda Wei, University of Washington
Xusheng Xiao, Arizona State University
Luyi Xing, Indiana University Bloomington
Attila Yavuz, University of South Florida
Haibin Zhang, Beijing Institute of Technology
Zhikun Zhang, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
Zhiyi Zhang, Meta Inc
Xiao Zhu, Google
Arrangements Chairs (arrangements24@petsymposium.org)
Kopo M. Ramokapane, University of Bristol
Sana Belguith, University of Bristol
Inah Omoronyia, University of Bristol
Yvonne Rigby, University of Bristol
Partha Das Chowdhury, University of Bristol
Publicity/Web Chairs (publicity24@petsymposium.org)
Kat Hanna, The Tor Project
Mathilde Raynal, EPFL
Local Publicity Chair
Partha Das Chowdhury, University of Bristol
Publication Chairs (publication24@petsymposium.org)
Dhruv Kuchhal, Paypal, Inc.
Pouneh Nikkhah Bahrami, University of California, Davis
Artifact Chairs (artifact24@petsymposium.org)
Pasin Manurangsi, Google Research
Maximilian Noppel, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Artifact Infrastructure Chair
Tobias Fiebig, Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik
Infrastructure Chairs
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Ian Goldberg, University of Waterloo

Artifact Review
PoPETs reviews and publishes digital artifacts related to its accepted papers. This process aids in the reproducibility of results and allows others to build on the work described in the paper. Artifact submissions are requested from authors of all accepted papers, and although they are optional, we strongly encourage you to submit your artifacts for review.

Possible artifacts include (but are not limited to):

Artifacts are evaluated by the artifact review committee. The committee evaluates the artifacts to ensure that they provide an acceptable level of utility, and feedback is given to the authors. Issues considered include software bugs, readability of documentation, and appropriate licensing. After your artifact has been approved by the committee, we will accompany the paper link on petsymposium.org with a link to the artifact along with an artifact badge so that interested readers can find and use your artifact.

Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies
You are invited to submit nominations for the 2024 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 statue. 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, 2022 until March 30, 2024.

Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award
A winner of the Andreas Pfitzmann PETS 2024 Best Student Paper Award will be selected at PETS 2024. Papers written solely or primarily by a student who is presenting the work to PETS 2024 are eligible for the award.

Artifact Award
A winner of the PETS 2024 Artifact Award will be announced at PETS 2024. Artifacts for papers accepted to PETS 2024 are eligible for the award.

HotPETs
As usual, 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 website in early 2024.