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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.

  • PEPR ’19: 2019 USENIX Conference on Privacy Engineering Practice and Respect
    August 12-13, 2019, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    The 2019 USENIX Conference on Privacy Engineering Practice and Respect (PEPR '19) 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 '19 is committed to fostering a respectful and collaborative environment.


    Submissions due: May 1, 2019 - 11:59 pm
  • SREcon19 Europe/Middle East/Africa: SREcon19 Europe/Middle East/Africa
    October 2-4, 2019, Dublin, Ireland

    Please join us in creating an excellent program for our fifth year of SREcon Europe/Middle East/Africa, which will be the fourteenth SREcon event globally. This year, SREcon EMEA will focus on unanswered questions in SRE. We want to discuss the problems no one is talking about, the problems everyone complains about with no real consensus on how to solve them. If you think there is an elephant in the room that we, the SRE community, have failed to talk about—come and tell us about it!


    Submissions due May 7, 2019, 23:59 UTC: May 7, 2019 - 11:59 pm
  • USENIX Security '20: 29th USENIX Security Symposium
    August 12-14, 2020, Boston, MA, United States


    Spring Quarter Deadline: May 15, 2019 - 8:00 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
  • LISA19: 33rd Large Installation System Administration Conference
    October 28-30, 2019, United States


    Submissions due: June 18, 2019 - 11:59 pm
  • 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: September 12, 2019 - 11:59 pm
  • FAST '20: 18th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies
    February 24-27, 2020, Santa Clara, CA, United States

    The 18th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '20) brings together storage-system researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation, and deployment of storage systems. The program committee will interpret "storage systems" broadly; papers on low-level storage devices, distributed storage systems, and information management are all of interest. The conference will consist of technical presentations including refereed papers, Work-in-Progress (WiP) reports, poster sessions, and tutorials.


    Submissions due: September 26, 2019 - 11:59 pm