4th International Workshop on Security and Privacy Analytics - 2018

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4th ACM International Workshop on Security and Privacy Analytics (IWSPA 2018)  

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Co-located with ACM CODASPY 2018 at Tempe, Arizona, USA

Increasingly, sophisticated techniques from machine learning, data mining, statistics and natural language processing are being applied to challenges in security and privacy fields. However, experts from these areas have no medium where they can meet and exchange ideas so that strong collaborations can emerge, and cross-fertilization of these areas can occur. Moreover, current courses and curricula in security do not sufficiently emphasize background in these areas and students in security and privacy are not emerging with deep knowledge of these topics. Hence, we propose a workshop that will address the research and development efforts in which analytical techniques from machine learning, data mining, natural language processing and statistics are applied to solve security and privacy challenges (“security analytics”). Submissions of papers related to methodology, design, techniques and new directions for security and privacy that make significant use of machine learning, data mining, statistics or natural language processing are welcome. Furthermore, submissions on educational topics and systems in the field of security analytics are also highly encouraged.

Short Submission Guidelines: 

Papers must be at most 10 pages in length total and use the ACM CODASPY template. All submissions must describe original research, not published nor currently under review for another workshop, conference, or journal.Submission implies the willingness of at least one author to attend the workshop and present the paper. A limited number of high-quality submissions may be selected for publication in a special issue of a journal. All papers must be submitted electronically via the Easychair system.  

Special Note:

This year we are planning on organizing a special Shared Task along with regular submissions! The link to the Shared Task Website is here!

For more information contact: Stephen Huang at s_huang@cs.uh.edu or Rakesh Verma at rverma@uh.edu

Important Dates


Paper Submission DeadlineDecember 8  December 18, 2017, 11.59pm CST

Acceptance Notification: January 3, January 12, 2018

Camera Ready Submission Deadline: January 31st, 2018

The proceedings of IWSPA 2018 will be available in the ACM Digital Library.

Travel support form has also been added!


(A) Keynote Title: Differential Privacy in Local Setting

Speaker: Prof. Ninghui Li, Purdue University

(B) Keynote Title: IoT in Practice: Case Studies in Data Analytics, with Issues in Privacy and Security 

Speaker: Prof. Latifur Khan, University of Texas, Dallas


The agenda for IWSPA 2018 can be found here! You can access the proceedings for the workshop here!

ACCEPTED PAPERS (Full and Short):

The list of accepted papers in no particular order: 

Accepted Full Papers:

(a) Differentially Private Feature Selection for Data Mining - Balamurugan Anandan (Purdue University); Chris Clifton (Purdue University)

(b) Unsure How to Authenticate on Your VR Headset? Come on, Use Your Head! - Tahrima Mustafa (Texas Tech University); Richard Matovu (Texas Tech University); Abdul Serwadda (Texas Tech University); Nicholas Muirhead (Texas Tech University)

(c) Adversarially Robust Malware Detection Using Monotonic Classification - Inigo Incer (University of California, Berkeley); Michael Theodorides (University of California, Berkeley); Sadia Afroz (International Computer Science Institute); David Wagner (University of California, Berkeley)

(d) Machine Learning Methods for Software Vulnerability Detection - Boris Chernis (University of Houston) and Rakesh Verma (University of Houston)

Accepted Short Papers:

(a) Regex-Based Linkography Abstraction Refinement for Information Security - Abhiram Kothapalli (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Rob Mitchell (Virginia Tech)

(b) On De-anonymization of Single Tweet Messages - Hoi Le (University of Calgary, Canada); Rei Safavi-Naini (University of Calgary, Canada)

(c) PrivacyGuide: Towards an Implementation of the EU GDPR on Internet Privacy Policy Evaluation - Welderufael B. Tesfay (Goethe University Frankfurt); Peter Hofmann (Goethe University Frankfurt);Toru Nakamura (KDDI R&D Labs Inc.); Shinsaku Kiyomoto (KDDI R&D Labs Inc); Jetzabel Serna (Goethe University Frankfurt)




Important Links

IWSPA 2018 Call for Papers

Easy Chair Paper Submission Website

IWSPA 2018 Committees 

Travel Support Form