SOUPS 2020 Call for Lightning Talks

The Sixteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2020) will take place on August 7–11, 2020, and will be co-located with USENIX Security '20.

In cooperation with USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association


A continuing feature of SOUPS is a session of strictly timed 5-minute lightning talks. These talks provide an opportunity to interact with the SOUPS community on a range of usable privacy and security topics. Examples of acceptable topics include:

  • Discussion of your research vision, potentially including preliminary research results
  • Describing a research challenge that could benefit from community feedback and attention
  • Recounting lessons learned from conducting user studies in academia, industry, or government labs
  • Introducing an open source or community project that attendees can get involved in
  • An exciting visualization, new user interface, or interaction paradigm related to security and privacy

We particularly encourage students to submit a lightning talk proposal. This is a great opportunity to present your research interests and vision to the community, generate hallway conversation, and receive helpful feedback. We also invite advisors to encourage their students to present ongoing work.

This year, we will not be including demos with the lightning talks. Attendees wishing to present a demo are encouraged to submit it to the SOUPS Poster Session.

Important Dates

All dates are at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time.

  • Priority submission deadline: Thursday, May 28, 2020 Thursday, June 25, 2020
  • Priority acceptance notification: Thursday, June 11, 2020 Thursday, July 9, 2020

Submissions received after June 25 will be considered until the program is full.

Update: Lightning talks will be pre-recorded and must be submitted by Monday, July 27. These will be played during the conference, with a live question and answer session. Discussion will also occur online asynchronously throughout the conference. More details will be provided to presenters within the acceptance notification.

Submit Your Proposal

If you would like to give a lightning talk, please email with your name, affiliation, title of the talk, and a brief abstract (up to 200 words).

Lightning Talks Co-Chairs

Yousra Javed, Illinois State University
Blase Ur, University of Chicago