Calls for Papers and Calls for Participation

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.

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

    Submissions due: April 10, 2020 - 8:59 pm

    ScAINet is a single-track summit 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.

  • NSDI '21: 18th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation
    April 12, 2021April 14, 2021, Boston, MA, United States

    Submissions due: April 10, 2020 - 8:59 pm

    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 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.

  • 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.

  • FOCI '20: 10th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet
    August 11, 2020, Boston, MA, United States

    Submissions due: May 21, 2020 - 8:59 pm

    The 10th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI '20) will bring together researchers and practitioners who study and develop technologies that directly affect digital speech online. FOCI will examine three broad areas of digital speech: censorship, surveillance, and disinformation/strategic communication. We solicit contributions from the fields of computer science, the social sciences, and law, and we welcome interdisciplinary submissions.

  • 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.

  • HotSec '20: 2020 USENIX Summit on Hot Topics in Security
    August 11, 2020, Boston, MA, United States

    Lightning talk submissions due: June 4, 2020 - 8:59 pm

    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. Talks are 10 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.