SOUPS 2021 Call for Posters

The Seventeenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2021) will take place on August 8–10, 2021, and will be co-located with USENIX Security '21.

In cooperation with USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association

Important Dates

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

  • Submission Deadline: Thursday, May 27, 2021
  • Notification of Poster Acceptance: Thursday, June 11, 2021
  • Poster Session: Monday, August 9, 2021

Posters Co-Chairs

Camille Cobb, Carnegie Mellon University

Maximilian Golla, Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy

Yixin Zou, University of Michigan

Poster Jury

Taslima Akter, Indiana University, Bloomington

Oshrat Ayalon, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

Karla Badillo-Urquiola, University of Central Florida

Martin Degeling, Ruhr University Bochum

Verena Distler, University of Luxembourg

Chris Fennel, Michigan State University

Dorota Filipczuk, University of Southampton

Weijia He, University of Chicago

Yue Huang, University of British Columbia

Sana Maqsood, Carleton University

Kerry McKellar, Northumbria University

Abraham Hani Mhaidli, University of Michigan

Alena Naiakshina, University of Bonn

Moses Namara, Clemson University

Sean Oesch, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Kentrell Owens, University of Washington

Simon Parkin, Delft University of Technology

Sarah Pearman, Carnegie Mellon University

Mirela Silva, University of Florida

Lucy Simko, University of Washington

Rock Stevens, University of Maryland

Madiha Tabassum, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Emily Tseng, Cornell University

Dominik Wermke, Leibniz University Hannover


High-quality poster presentations are an integral part of SOUPS. We seek posters and poster abstracts of recent or ongoing research related to usable privacy and security.

We welcome submissions of:

  • Preliminary findings from ongoing work
  • Undergraduate/master research projects
  • Posters about work on usable privacy and security that were recently published at other venues (2020 to 2021)

Poster acceptance will be determined by the poster chairs and jury. Accepted poster submissions will be made available on the website. During the symposium, best poster awards will be selected by the poster jury. At least one member of the research team from each accepted paper must attend SOUPS and present the work.

The poster jury plays a large role in growing the SOUPS community, giving new community members an opportunity to participate in the peer review process. The poster jury also contains a core of senior members. All poster submissions will be reviewed by at least one of those senior members. We look forward to an exceptionally diverse, inclusive, and interesting poster session.

SOUPS 2021 will take place online. We will prepare an interactive and engaging virtual poster session. Presenters can expect to share their work with the community and get feedback. More details on the exact format will be announced.

Poster submission requirements:

  • Poster abstract. Original submissions should use the SOUPS template format (available for MS Word or LaTeX), and be at most 4 pages (excluding references). For posters on previously published papers, please submit a simple PDF with the following information: the full bibliographic citation (title, authors, venue, etc.), a link to the published (official) version of the paper, and the paper abstract. All submissions must be in PDF format and should not be anonymized.
  • Poster. All submissions (including recently-published research) must include a draft of the poster to be evaluated for acceptance. Please consider the poster’s accessibility when presented in a virtual environment (e.g., online via screen sharing and video chat or virtual gathering spaces). Posters should be in landscape orientation. For the submission as PDF, please scale the poster down to normal paper size (US letter or A4).
  • Poster submissions will be reviewed by the poster jury. We reserve the right to reject without further review submissions that do not include a poster draft. For inspiration, please see exemplary posters from SOUPS 2020.
  • Ethical Research. Your poster submission and research approach—including research instruments—should be inclusive and respectful. A variety of guidance exists on this topic. Please be sure to follow guidance on language use from the USENIX statement on racism and Black, African-American, and African Diaspora inclusion.

How to Submit

Submit your poster using the electronic submission page. Please use the correct template and follow formatting instructions when preparing your poster abstract to reduce the need for revision after acceptance.

Contact with questions.