USENIX Security '18 Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions

Scheduling a BoF

It's not too late! To schedule a BoF, simply write the BoF title as well as your name and affiliation on the BoF board located in the badge pickup area. If you have a description of your BoF you'd like posted on this Web page, please schedule your BoF on the BoF board, then send its title, the organizer's name and affiliation, and the date, time, and location of the BoF to with "USENIX Security '18 BoF" in the subject line.

BoF Descriptions

SOUPS Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm, Grand Ballroom I–IV
The SOUPS Town Hall Meeting is a time for the organizing and steering committees to interact with attendees, listen to concerns, and gather feedback regarding the future of the SOUPS conference and community. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.

USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC BoF)
Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm, Dover Room A
Let’s talk about women in advanced computing. All registered attendees—of all genders—are welcome to attend this BoF.

Students and Young Professionals Meetup
Tuesday, August 14, 8:00 pm–9:00 pm, Dover Room A
Come for the refreshments, stay for the opportunity to meet and network with other students and young professionals.

Board Game Night
Tuesday, August 14, 9:00 pm–11:00 pm, Dover Room A
Join us for some good old-fashioned board games. We’ll have some on hand, but bring your own games, too!

USENIX Security '18 Lightning Talks
Wednesday, August 15, 8:30 pm–9:30 pm, Grand Ballroom V
This is intended as an informal session for short and engaging presentations on recent unpublished results, work in progress, or other topics of interest to USENIX Security attendees.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 via the lighting talk submission form through July 27, 2018. You can continue submitting talks via the submission form or by emailing sec18lightning@usenix.org until Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 12:00 pm EDT.

Baidu X-Lab BoF: From Memory Safety to AI Security
Thursday, August 16, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm, Grand Ballroom I-IV
Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks provided
Speaker: Yunhan Jia
Working with Baidu X-Lab is fun and challenging. We have security experts with a wide range of skill sets dealing with all sorts of security problems. In this Bird of a Feather event, we would like to introduce our recent efforts to enforce Memory Safety. We advocate the following design principles: 1) Unsafe components MUST NOT taint safe component, especially for public APIs and data structures; 2) Unsafe components should be as small as possible and DECOUPLED from safe components; 3) Unsafe components should be explicitly marked during deployment and ready to be upgraded. At the same time, we also would like to introduce another fun work dealing with adversarial deep learning within Autonomous Driving scenario. Join us if you would like to find out how the vision-based deep learning model is easily fooled.

USENIX LGBTQ+ and Allies Happy Hour
Thursday, August 16, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm, Dover Room A
Refreshments Provided by Google
All are welcome! Come enjoy tasty refreshments while meeting and chatting with LGBTQ+ attendees and allies in the security community.