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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.

  • SREcon20 Asia/Pacific: SREcon20 Asia/Pacific
    June 15, 2020June 17, 2020, Sydney, Australia

    Submissions due: February 3, 2020 - 11:59 pm

    For the fourth SREcon Asia/Australia, we're diving deeper into all things data-related. Data is a critical component of serving systems which can be difficult to manage, monitor, and scale. We want to hear from SREs on how they manage state in their applications and data pipelines. For the platforms you use, how are the distributed systems which host and store the data architected to scale? What types of consistency models or consensus algorithms do you adopt and why? Is data quality a critical attribute to your service, and if so how do you define and instrument SLOs that make sense to your business?

    Please join us in creating an excellent program for SREcon Asia/Australia, which will be the sixteenth SREcon event globally. In 2019, SREcon Asia/Australia had over 530 attendees from over 120 companies, with backgrounds covering 24 countries spanning single-person startups, tech giants with tens of thousands of employees, and finance and enterprise sector companies adopting SRE for the first time. We look forward to growing SREcon Asia/Australia in 2020 with even more representation from even more diverse organisations and backgrounds willing to share their knowledge and experience.

  • USENIX Security '20: 29th USENIX Security Symposium
    August 12, 2020August 14, 2020, Boston, MA, United States

    Winter Quarter Deadline: February 15, 2020 - 8:00 pm

    The USENIX Security Symposium brings together researchers, practitioners, system administrators, system programmers, and others interested in the latest advances in the security and privacy of computer systems and networks. The 29th USENIX Security Symposium will be held August 12–14, 2020, in Boston, MA, USA.

    All researchers are encouraged to submit papers covering novel and scientifically significant practical works in computer security. The Symposium will span three days with a technical program including refereed papers, invited talks, posters, panel discussions, and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. Co-located events will precede the Symposium on August 10 and 11.

  • HotEdge '20: 3rd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Edge Computing
    April 30, 2020, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    Submissions due: February 20, 2020 - 8:59 pm

    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 emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the demand for responsiveness, privacy, and situation-awareness are pushing computing to the edge of the Internet. There are many challenges in the design, implementation, and deployment of different aspects of edge computing: infrastructure, systems, networking, algorithms, applications, etc. HotEdge would like to foster discussions in these areas.

    The HotEdge '20 program committee is placing a strong emphasis on soliciting early-stage ideas. This workshop is specifically designed for novel ideas to get early feedback that can help shape their further development and publication at various top conferences. Submissions will be judged on their novelty, topical relevance, and likelihood of generating discussions and debate.

  • SOUPS 2020: Sixteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security
    August 9, 2020August 11, 2020, Boston, MA, United States

    Paper registration deadline: February 20, 2020 - 11:59 pm

    The 2020 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.

  • PEPR '20: 2020 USENIX Conference on Privacy Engineering Practice and Respect
    May 11, 2020May 12, 2020, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    Submissions due: February 21, 2020 - 11:59 pm

    The 2020 USENIX Conference on Privacy Engineering Practice and Respect (PEPR ’20) is a single-track conference focused on designing and building products and systems with privacy and respect for their users and the societies in which they operate. Our goal is to improve the state of the art and practice of building for privacy and respect and to foster a deeply knowledgeable community of both privacy practitioners and researchers who collaborate towards that goal.

    We view diversity as a key enabler of this goal: effectively building for privacy and respect is a challenge in and of itself; attempting this without a range of perspectives is harder still. Thus, we encourage and welcome participation from all employment sectors, racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, genders, disability statuses, ages, and all those other differences which make us richer as humanity.

    PEPR '20 is committed to fostering a respectful and collaborative environment.

  • OpML '20: 2020 USENIX Conference on Operational Machine Learning
    May 1, 2020, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    Submissions due: February 25, 2020 - 5:00 pm

    Machine learning (ML), with its variants (deep learning (DL), reinforcement learning, etc.) is impacting every commercial industry. The first Conference on Operational Machine Learning, OpML 2019, was an energetic gathering of practitioners, industry experts and researchers who came together to discuss the critical challenges associated with bringing Machine Learning to Production. The 2020 USENIX Conference on Operational Machine Learning (OpML '20), continues this focus on operational machine learning and its variants, and will focus on the full lifecycle of deploying and managing ML into production. OpML '20 will bring together machine learning and systems researchers and practitioners such as data scientists, data engineers, infrastructure 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.

  • HotCloud '20: 12th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing
    July 13, 2020, Boston, MA, United States

    Submissions due: March 17, 2020 - 8:59 pm

    The HotCloud workshop provides a forum for cutting-edge cloud research and a place where researchers and industry practitioners can discuss new opportunities and challenges in cloud computing. Submissions should propose a new position or research direction, explore non-traditional approaches, or report on noteworthy or counterintuitive experiences 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 cloud systems design and applications.

    In keeping with the goals of the workshop, the review process will favor submissions that are early-stage, forward-looking, and/or open-ended. If you are only a few months away from submitting to SOCC, NSDI, VLDB, OSDI, SOSP, etc., you are probably already past the sweet spot for this workshop. 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, consider bringing your work to HotCloud. Position papers that solicit discussion on controversial topics, introduce emerging methods and paradigms, or call out new research directions are especially of interest.

    To help facilitate discussion, the program will include significant additional time and activities dedicated to constructive questions, debate, and feedback. Hence, the program committee reserves the right to accept some submissions as "poster only" to ensure ample room for discussion while being broad and inclusive across different ideas.

  • HotStorage '20: 12th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems
    July 13, 2020, Boston, MA, United States

    Submissions due: March 19, 2020 - 8:59 pm

    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.

  • ScAINet '20: 2020 USENIX Security and AI Networking Summit
    August 10, 2020, Boston, MA, United States

    Submissions due: March 27, 2020 - 8:59 pm

    ScAINet is a single-track symposium of cutting edge and thought inspiring talks covering a wide range of topics at the intersection of ML/AI, security, and privacy. The format will be similar to Enigma, but with a focus on security and AI. Our goal is to explore the emerging landscape of machine learning security and privacy applications and implications. We take a broad view of the field, with an eye to anticipating the risks and benefits of these technologies—including externalities such as privacy risks, disparate impact, latent biases; and offensive uses of machine learning, including traditional 'red teaming', construction of intentionally biased models, and the exploitation of biases and flaws in machine learning algorithms for malicious effect. We expect to build a rich and vibrant community which brings academia and industry together under the same roof to build on successes and address the challenges. We view diversity as a critical enabler for this goal and actively work to ensure that the ScAINet community encourages and welcomes participation from all employment statuses and sectors, racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, and genders.

    We solicit proposals for original talks. All talks will be 25 minutes long, followed by 5 minutes for Q&A. The program committee will select presentations that illuminate big ideas and problems, that clearly describe the state of the art, that pose novel problems or challenges, and that enrich or provoke important discussion. Ideal talks will address significant problems or advances within the intersection of machine learning and security, and contain sufficient technical depth to enable deep discussion while still being accessible to a broad audience. Our expected attendees include, but are not limited to, researchers from industry and academia, data scientists, engineers, security-oriented managers, and security analysts.

  • OSDI '20: 14th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation
    November 4, 2020November 6, 2020, Banff, Alberta, Canada

    Abstract registrations due: May 5, 2020 - 3:00 pm

    The 14th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation seeks to present innovative, exciting research in computer systems. OSDI brings together professionals from academic and industrial backgrounds in a premier forum for discussing the design, implementation, and implications of systems software. The OSDI Symposium emphasizes innovative research as well as quantified or insightful experiences in systems design and implementation.

    OSDI takes a broad view of the systems area and solicits contributions from many fields of systems practice, including, but not limited to, operating systems, file and storage systems, distributed systems, cloud computing, mobile systems, secure and reliable systems, systems aspects of big data, embedded systems, virtualization, networking as it relates to operating systems, and management and troubleshooting of complex systems. We also welcome work that explores the interface to related areas such as computer architecture, networking, programming languages, analytics, and databases. We particularly encourage contributions containing highly original ideas, new approaches, and/or groundbreaking results.

  • CSET '20: 13th USENIX Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test
    August 10, 2020, Boston, MA, United States

    Submissions due: May 19, 2020 - 8:59 pm

    What is CSET all about? For 12 years, the USENIX Workshop on Cybersecurity Experimentation and Test (CSET) has been an important and lively space for presenting research and discussing “meta” topics related to reliability, validity, reproducibility, and scalability in cybersecurity and cybersecurity research, including: cybersecurity evaluation and measurement, experiment design, benchmarks, datasets, tools, simulations, testbeds, and education.

    Submissions that model a scientific approach to cybersecurity are especially encouraged, as well as those that advance the “infrastructure” of cybersecurity science. Significant challenges abound. For example, experiments should operate in realistic environments, yet identifying salient features and modeling them in testbeds is hard. Repeatability is a worthy goal, but not always feasible. Few security-relevant datasets are publicly available for research use and little is understood about what "good datasets" look like. Cybersecurity 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; hence, ethical issues often arise. Finally, evidence-driven education practices and practices that leverage datasets are often absent in traditional computer science curricula.

    Tackling these challenges helps promote evidence-based decision-making involving cybersecurity products and policies by industry, government and individual users.

  • WOOT '20: 14th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies
    August 10, 2020August 11, 2020, Boston, MA, United States

    Submissions due: May 28, 2020 - 4:59 am

    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.