USENIX Security '17 Symposium Activities

Invited Talks, Panels, Poster Session, Doctoral Colloquium, and BoFs

In addition to the refereed papers and the keynote presentation, the technical program will include invited talks, panel discussions, a poster session, and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs). You are invited to make suggestions regarding topics or speakers in any of these sessions via email to the contacts listed below or to the program co-chairs at

Invited Talks

Invited talks will be held in parallel with the refereed paper sessions. Please submit topic suggestions and talk proposals via email to by Thursday, February 16, 2017, 9:00 p.m. PST.

Panel Discussions

The technical sessions may include topical panel discussions. Please send topic suggestions and proposals to by Thursday, February 16, 2017, 9:00 p.m. PST.

Poster Session

Would you like to share a provocative opinion, an interesting preliminary work, or a cool idea that will spark discussion at this year’s USENIX Security Symposium? The poster session is the perfect venue to introduce such new or ongoing work. Poster presenters will have the entirety of the evening reception to discuss their work, get exposure, and receive feedback from attendees.

To submit a poster, please submit a draft of your poster, in PDF (maximum size 36" by 48"), or a one-page abstract via the poster session submission form by Thursday, July 6, 2017, 9:00 p.m. PDT. Decisions will be made by Thursday, July 13, 2017. Posters will not be included in the proceedings but may be made available online if circumstances permit. Poster submissions must include the authors’ names, affiliations, and contact information. At least one author of each accepted poster must register for and attend the Symposium to present the poster.

Lightning Talks

We will host a Lightning Talks session (also previously known as Work-in-Progress/Rump session) on the evening of Wednesday, August 16, 2017. This is intended as an informal session for short and engaging presentations on recent unpublished results, work in progress, or other topics of interest to the USENIX Security attendees. As in the past, talks do not always need to be serious and funny talks are encouraged! This year, USENIX will generously sponsor awards for the most engaging talks. Bragging rights and small cash prizes can be yours for a great talk! For full consideration, submit your lightning talk at through July 28, 2017. Only talks submitted by this deadline will be considered for the awards. You can continue submitting talks through HotCRP or by emailing until Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 12:00 pm PDT.

Doctoral Colloquium

What opportunities await security students graduating with a PhD? On Thursday evening, students will have the opportunity to listen to informal panels of faculty and industrial researchers providing personal perspectives on their post-PhD career search. Learn about the academic job search, the industrial research job search, research fund raising, dual-career challenges, life uncertainty, and other idiosyncrasies of the ivory tower. The event is organized by Thorsten Holz. If you would like to speak in the Doctoral Colloquium, please email

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are informal gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic. BoFs often feature a presentation or a demonstration followed by discussion, announcements, and the sharing of strategies. BoFs can be scheduled on-site or in advance. To schedule a BoF, please send email to the USENIX Conference Department at with the title and a brief description of the BoF; the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the facilitator; and your preference of date and time.

Previous Page | Next Page