29th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium

Call for papers

The Computer Security Foundations Symposium is an annual conference for researchers in computer security. CSF seeks papers on foundational aspects of computer security, such as formal security models, relationships between security properties and defenses, principled techniques and tools for design and analysis of security mechanisms, as well as their application to practice. While CSF welcomes submissions beyond the topics listed below, the main focus of CSF is foundational security: submissions that lack foundational aspects risk rejection.
This year, CSF will use a light form of double blind reviewing; see below.


New results in computer security are welcome. We also encourage challenge/vision papers, which may describe open questions and raise fundamental concerns about security. Possible topics for all papers include, but are not limited to: access control, accountability, anonymity and privacy, authentication, computer-aided cryptography, data and system integrity, database security, decidability and complexity, distributed systems security, electronic voting, formal methods and verification, decision theory, hardware-based security, information flow, intrusion detection, language-based security, network security, data provenance, mobile security, security metrics, security protocols, software security, socio-technical security, trust management, usable security, web security.

Special Sessions

This year, we strongly encourage papers in two foundational areas of research we would like to promote at CSF:

  • PRIVACY: (Chair: Daniel Kifer). CSF 2016 will include a special session on privacy foundations and invites submissions on innovations in practice, as well as definitions, models, and frameworks for communication and data privacy, principled analysis of deployed or proposed privacy protection mechanisms, and foundational aspects of practical privacy technologies. We especially encourage submissions aiming at connecting the computer science point of view on privacy with that of other disciplines (law, economics, sociology, statistics...)
  • SECURITY ECONOMICS: (Chair: Jens Grossklags). There is an interplay between important system properties including privacy, security, efficiency, flexibility, and usability. Diverse systems balance these properties differently, and as such provide varied benefits (for users) for different costs (for builders and attackers). In short, securing systems is ultimately an economic question. CSF 2016 will include a special session on security economics, where we invite submissions on foundational work in this area. Topics include, but are not limited to, risk management and cyber-insurance, investments in information security, security metrics, decision and game theory for security, and cryptocurrencies.

These papers will be reviewed under the supervision of the special session chairs. They will be presented at the conference, and will appear in the CSF proceedings, without any distinction from the other papers.

Proceedings, published by the IEEE Computer Society Press (pending approval), will be available at the symposium, and selected papers will be invited for submission to the Journal of Computer Security.

Invited Speakers

Andrew Appel
Andrew Appel
Princeton University

Ulfar Erlingsson
Ulfar Erlingsson

Steve Kremer
Steve Kremer
Inria Nancy


Papers due:   February 12, 2016 (AoE, Anywhere on Earth)
Author response period:   March 24-26 noon EDT, 2016 (Countdown)
Notification:   April 8, 2016
Camera ready:   May 6, 2016
Symposium:   June 28-July 1, 2016

Program Committee

  • June Andronick, NICTA and UNSW
  • Aslan Askarov, Aarhus University
  • Manuel Barbosa, University of Porto
  • Lujo Bauer, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Karthikeyan Bhargavan, INRIA
  • Anna Lisa Ferrara, University of Surrey
  • Matt Frederikson, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jens Grossklags, Penn State (Area Chair on Security Economics)
  • Mike Hicks, University of Maryland (Program Co-Chair)
  • Cătălin Hriţcu, INRIA
  • Daniel Kifer, Penn State (Area Chair on Privacy)
  • Jong Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology
  • Boris Köpf, IMDEA Software Institute (Program Co-Chair)
  • Steve Kremer, INRIA
  • Peeter Laud, Cybernetica
  • Matteo Maffei, Saarland University
  • Stephen Magill, Galois
  • Sebastian Mödersheim, Technical University of Denmark
  • Greg Morrisett, Cornell University
  • Andrei Sabelfeld, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Geoffrey Smith, Florida International University
  • Michael Carl Tschantz, ICSI Berkeley
  • Bogdan Warinschi, University of Bristol
  • Nicola Zannone, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Steve Zdancewic, University of Pennsylvania

Paper submission instructions

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with published proceedings.

Papers must be submitted using the two-column IEEE Proceedings style available for various document preparation systems at the IEEE Conference Publishing Services page. All papers should be at most 12 pages long, not counting bibliography and well-marked appendices. Committee members are not required to read appendices, and so the paper must be intelligible without them.

Following the recent history of other top-quality conferences and symposia in security, CSF'16 will employ a light form of double-blind reviewing. To facilitate this, submitted papers must (a) omit any reference to the authors' names or the names of their institutions, and (b) reference the authors' own related work in the third person (e.g., not "We build on our previous work ..." but rather "We build on the work of ..."). Nothing should be done in the name of anonymity that weakens the submission or makes the job of reviewing the paper more difficult (e.g., important background references should not be omitted or anonymized). Please see the conference site for answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) that address many common concerns. When in doubt, contact the program chairs.

Papers failing to adhere to any of the instructions above will be rejected without consideration of their merits.

Papers should be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF) to the CSF 2016 submission site: https://csf16.hotcrp.com/.

Papers intended for one of the special sessions should select the "Privacy" or "Security Economics" option, as appropriate.

At least one coauthor of each accepted paper is required to attend CSF to present the paper.

Program Chairs

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
University of Maryland
College Park, USA
Boris Koepf
Boris Köpf
IMDEA Software Institute
Madrid, Spain

General Chair

Pedro Adão
Pedro Adão
Universidade de Lisboa

Publications Chair

Deepak Garg
Deepak Garg
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

Publicity Chair

Matteo Maffei
Matteo Maffei
CISPA, Saarland University

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