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Publish and Present Your Work at USENIX Conferences

The program committees of the following conferences are seeking submissions. CiteSeer ranks the USENIX Conference Proceedings among the the top ten highest-impact publication venues for computer science. By submitting a paper to a USENIX conference, you have the opportunity to present your work directly to your peers and to share it with a wide audience of readers of the Proceedings. Please see our Conference Submissions Policy.

Please note: All submission deadline times listed below are for the Pacific time zone.

  • SOUPS 2019: Fifteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security
    August 11-13, 2019, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    The 2019 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners in human computer interaction, security, and privacy.

    We invite authors to submit previously unpublished papers describing research or experience in all areas of usable privacy and security. We welcome a variety of research methods, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Papers will be judged on their scientific quality, overall quality, and value to the community.


    Paper registration deadline: February 21, 2019 - 3:59 am
  • OpML '19: 2019 USENIX Conference on Operational Machine Learning
    May 20, 2019, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    Machine learning (ML) (and its variants deep learning (DL), reinforcement learning, etc.) is starting to impact every commercial industry. The 2019 USENIX Conference on Operational Machine Learning (OpML '19), dedicated to operational machine learning and its variants, will focus on the full lifecycle of deploying and managing ML into production. OpML '19 will bring together machine learning and systems researchers and practitioners such as data scientists, data engineers, reliability engineers, sysadmins, and DevOps specialists to develop and bring to practice impactful research advances and cutting-edge solutions to the pervasive challenges of ML production lifecycle management.

    OpML is complementary to existing conferences that focus on algorithmic advances and systems design for improved ML methods, performance, and scale. OpML focuses on deployment, automation, orchestration, monitoring, diagnostics, compliance, governance, production scale training and re-training, and the challenges of safely operating and optimizing production systems running ML/DL/Advanced algorithms on live data. Production ML lifecycle is a necessity for wide-scale adoption and deployment of ML/DL across industries and for businesses to benefit from the core ML algorithms and research advances.


    Tutorial submissions due: March 1, 2019 - 8:59 pm
  • HotCloud '19: 11th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing
    July 8, 2019, Renton, WA, United States

    HotCloud brings together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry working on cloud computing technologies to share their perspectives, report on recent developments, discuss research in progress, and identify new/emerging "hot" trends in this important area. While cloud computing has gained traction over the past few years, many challenges remain in the design, implementation, and deployment of cloud computing.

    HotCloud is open to examining all models of cloud computing, including the scalable management of in-house servers, remotely hosted Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), infrastructure augmented with tools and services that provide Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

    We solicit original papers on a wide range of cloud computing topics for HotCloud. We particularly encourage the submission of position papers that describe novel research directions and work that is in its formative stages. Interesting issues show up at all levels of the software stack, but HotCloud's emphasis is on combining mechanisms to build working clouds rather than on implementing new low-level mechanisms themselves. For example, papers on using virtual machines in new ways would be preferred over papers on improving core VM technology.

    The HotCloud program committee is placing a strong emphasis on encouraging early-stage ideas. As a workshop, our key role is to provide a place where novel ideas at their nascent stages can see the light of day long before they are ready for publication at the various "conferences of record." Hence, we will be looking for papers that generate discussion and debate. A good way to think about this is that if you are only a few months away from submitting to SOCC, VLDB, OSDI, SOSP, FAST, etc., you are probably already past the sweet spot for HotCloud.


    Submissions due: March 6, 2019 - 8:59 pm
  • SOUPS 2019: Fifteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security
    August 11-13, 2019, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    The Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) features a day of pre-symposium workshops, tutorials, hackathons, and other events to support exploration and networking related to topics of interest to the usable privacy and security community. We invite you to submit a proposal to organize a full- or half-day event on August 11, 2019, as part of SOUPS 2019 in Santa Clara, CA, USA.


    Submissions due: March 12, 2019 - 3:59 am
  • NSDI '20: 17th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation
    February 25-27, 2020, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    NSDI focuses on the design principles, implementation, and practical evaluation of networked and distributed systems. Our goal is to bring together researchers from across the networking and systems community to foster a broad approach to addressing overlapping research challenges.

    NSDI provides a high-quality, single-track forum for presenting results and discussing ideas that further the knowledge and understanding of the networked systems community as a whole, continue a significant research dialog, or push the architectural boundaries of network services.


    Spring paper titles and abstracts due: March 12, 2019 - 11:59 pm
  • HotStorage '19: 11th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems
    July 8-9, 2019, Renton, WA, United States

    The HotStorage workshop provides a forum for cutting-edge storage research, a place where researchers and industry practitioners can discuss new opportunities and challenges in storage technology. Submissions should propose new research directions, explore non-traditional approaches, or report on noteworthy or counterintuitive learnings and experience in emerging areas. Submissions will be judged on their originality, technical merit, topical relevance, and the likelihood of leading to insightful discussions that will influence future storage systems design and applications.

    In keeping with the goals of the HotStorage workshop, the review process will favor submissions that are forward-looking and open-ended. If you are only a few months away from submitting to FAST, NSDI, EuroSys, VLDB, OSDI, SOSP, etc. you are probably already past the sweet spot for HotStorage. If you have a forward-looking or unorthodox idea or new research, and some evidence or early working system to support your view, but still have open questions, please consider bringing your work to HotStorage. The program committee will also welcome position papers that solicit discussion on controversial topics, introduce emerging methods and paradigms, or call out for new research directions.


    Submissions due: March 13, 2019 - 8:59 pm
  • HotEdge '19: 2nd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Edge Computing
    July 9, 2019, Renton, WA, United States

    The goal of HotEdge is to bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry working on edge computing to share their ideas, discuss research/work in progress, and identify new/emerging "hot" trends in this important emerging area. The demand for of low-latency offloading infrastructure for upcoming applications (such as augmented reality, wearable cognitive assistance, sensor data processing) and the emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) are pushing computing again towards disaggregation. There are many challenges in design, implementation, and deployment of different aspects of edge computing: infrastructure, networking, security, applications, etc. HotEdge would like to foster discussions in these areas.

    The HotEdge '19 program committee is placing a strong emphasis on soliciting early-stage ideas. This workshop is specifically designed for novel ideas to get early feedback. Submissions will be judged on their novelty, topical relevance, and likelihood of generating discussions and debate. A good way to think about this is that if you are only a few months away from submitting to SEC, ICDCS, InfoCom, NSDI, OSDI or SOSP, etc., you are probably already past the sweet spot for HotEdge. To promote research in practical use case, we plan to dedicate a part of the program to submissions relating to novel applications of edge computing.


    Submissions due: March 14, 2019 - 8:59 pm
  • ScAINet '19: 2019 USENIX Security and AI Networking Conference
    August 12, 2019, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    ScAINet is a single track symposium of cutting edge and thought-inspiring talks covering a wide range of topics in ML/AI by and for security. The format will be similar to Enigma, but with a focus on security and AI. Our goal is to clearly explain emerging challenges, threats, and defenses at the intersection of machine learning and cybersecurity, and to build a rich and vibrant community which brings academia and industry together under the same roof. We view diversity as a key enabler for this goal and actively work to ensure that the ScAINet community encourages and welcomes participation from all employment sectors, racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, and genders.

    p>ScAINet is committed to fostering an open, collaborative, and respectful environment. ScAINet and USENIX are also dedicated to open science and open conversations, and will make all talk media freely available on the USENIX website.


    Submissions due: March 28, 2019 - 8:59 pm
  • CSET '19: 12th USENIX Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test
    August 12, 2019, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    The CSET workshop invites submissions on cyber security evaluation, experimentation, measurement, metrics, data, simulations, and testbeds.

    The science of cyber security poses significant challenges. For example, experiments must recreate relevant, realistic features in order to be meaningful, yet identifying those features and modeling them is very difficult. Repeatability and measurement accuracy are essential in any scientific experiment, yet hard to achieve in practice. Few security-relevant datasets are publicly available for research use and little is understood about what "good datasets" look like. Finally, cyber security experiments and performance evaluations carry significant risks if not properly contained and controlled, yet often require some degree of interaction with the larger world in order to be useful.

    Addressing all of these challenges is fundamental not only for scientific advancement in the field of Computer Security but also in order to enable evidence-based decision-making on security products and policies by industry, government and individual users. Meeting these challenges requires transformational advances, including understanding the relationship between scientific method and cyber security evaluation, advancing capabilities of underlying experimental infrastructure, and improving data usability.


    Submissions due: May 21, 2019 - 8:59 pm
  • FOCI '19: 9th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet
    August 13, 2019, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    The 9th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI '19) will bring together researchers and practitioners from technology, law, and policy who are working on means to study, detect, or circumvent practices that inhibit free and open communications on the Internet.

    We encourage submission of original, interesting work on a wide variety of censorship-related topics. This includes direct censorship mechanisms—both technical and legal—as well as indirect methods of censorship on otherwise open platforms through coordinated harassment campaigns and online astroturfing that may be used to drown out and/or chill free expression.

    FOCI will favor interesting and new ideas and early results that lead to well-founded position papers. We envision that work presented at FOCI will ultimately be published at relevant, high-quality conferences. Papers will be selected primarily based on originality, with additional consideration given to their potential to generate discussion at the workshop. Papers in the technical track will also be evaluated based on technical merit. FOCI is a single-track event, but we invite two distinct types of paper submission: technically-focused position papers or works-in-progress; and papers focused on policy, law, regulation, economics, or related fields of social science and study.


    Submissions due: May 23, 2019 - 8:59 pm
  • WOOT '19: 13th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies
    August 12-13, 2019, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    The USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT) aims to present a broad picture of offense and its contributions, bringing together researchers and practitioners in all areas of computer security. Offensive security has changed from a hobby to an industry. No longer an exercise for isolated enthusiasts, offensive security is today a large-scale operation managed by organized, capitalized actors. Meanwhile, the landscape has shifted: software used by millions is built by startups less than a year old, delivered on mobile phones and surveilled by national signals intelligence agencies. In the field's infancy, offensive security research was conducted separately by industry, independent hackers, or in academia. Collaboration between these groups could be difficult. Since 2007, the USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT) has aimed to bring those communities together.


    Submissions due: May 29, 2019 - 8:59 pm
  • HotSec '19: 2019 USENIX Summit on Hot Topics in Security
    August 13, 2019, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    HotSec aims to bring together researchers across computer security disciplines to discuss the state of the art, with emphasis on future directions and emerging areas.

    HotSec is not your traditional security workshop! The day will consist of sessions of lightning talks on emerging work and positions in security, followed by discussion among attendees. Lightning talks are 5 MINUTES in duration—time limit strictly enforced with a gong! The format provides a way for lots of individuals to share ideas with others in a quick and more informal way, which will inspire breakout discussion for the remainder of the day.


    Lightning talk submissions due: June 10, 2019 - 8:59 pm