[Soups-announce] USEC 2017 Call for Papers

Melanie Volkamer melanie.volkamer at cased.de
Tue Oct 25 10:26:06 EDT 2016

We are proud to chair next year's USEC 2017 conference in San Diego
after the successful EuroUSEC 2016 (during the security week).

Usable Security (USEC) Workshop 

  Call for Papers   

    Paper Submission Deadline: 1 December 2016

One cannot have security and privacy without considering both the
technical and human aspects thereof. If the user is not given due
consideration in the development process, the system is likely to enable
users to protect their privacy and security in the Internet.

Usable security and security is more complicated than traditional
usability. This is because traditional usability principles cannot
always be applied. For example, one of the cornerstones of usability is
that people are given feedback on their actions, and are helped to
recover from errors. In authentication, we obfuscate password entry (a
usability fail) and we give people no assistance to recover from errors.
Moreover, security is often not related to the actual functionality of
the system, so people often see it as a bolt-on, and an annoying hurdle.
These and other usability challenges of security are the focus of this

We invite submissions on all aspects of human factors including mental
models, adoption, and usability in the context of security and privacy.
USEC 2017 aims to bring together researchers already engaged in this
interdisciplinary effort with other computer science researchers in
areas such as visualization, artificial intelligence, machine learning
and theoretical computer science as well as researchers from other
domains such as economics, legal scientists, social scientists, and
psychology. We particularly encourage collaborative research from
authors in multiple disciplines.

Topics include, but are not limited to:


    Human factors related to the deployment of the Internet of Things
    (New topic for 2017)


    Usable security / privacy evaluation of existing and/or proposed


    Mental models that contribute to, or complicate, security or privacy


    Lessons learned from designing, deploying, managing or evaluating
    security and privacy technologies


    Foundations of usable security and privacy incl. usable security and
    privacy patterns


    Ethical, psychological, sociological, economic, and legal aspects of
    security and privacy technologies

We further encourage submissions that contribute to the research
community’s knowledge base:


    Reports of replicating previously published studies and experiments


    Reports of failed usable security studies or experiments, with the
    focus on the lessons learned from such experience.

It is the aim of USEC to contribute to an increase of the scientific
quality of research in human factors in security and privacy. To this
end, we encourage the use of replication studies to validate research
findings. This important and often very insightful branch of research is
sorely underrepresented in human factors in security and privacy
research to date. Papers in these categories should be clearly marked as
such and will not be judged against regular submissions on novelty.
Rather, they will be judged based on scientific quality and value to the
community. We also encourage reports of failed experiments, since their
publication will serve to prevent others falling into the same traps.

      Location and Important Dates

Paper submission: 1 December 2016 (11:59pm PST) - see note below on CHI

Notification: 21 January 2017

Camera ready copy due: 31 January 2017

Workshop: 26 February 2017 (co-located with NDSS 2017)

Location: Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa in San Diego, California.

      Submission Instructions

Papers should be written in English. Full papers must be no more than 10
pages total (excluding references and appendices). Papers must be
formatted for US letter size (not A4) paper in a two-column layout, with
columns no more than 9.25 inch high and 3.5 inch wide. The text must be
in Times font, 10-point or larger, with 11-point or larger line spacing.
Authors are encouraged to use the NDSS provided templates

We also invite short papers of up to 6 pages covering work in progress,
short communications, as well as novel or provocative ideas. Short
papers will be selected based on their potential to spark interesting
discussions during the workshop.

Papers that contribute to the research community’s knowledge base such
as studies replicating previous results can be submitted as full or
short papers.

Submissions do not have to be anonymized for review. Please clearly
refer to your own related work.

Note: USEC would like to accommodate those who are waiting to hear back
about their CHI 2017 submissions but who would like to also submit their
work for consideration for USEC. The CHI decision notification is
expected to be December 12, 2016. Owing to the overlapping dates for
both conferences, we have made allowances *in this instance only* for
duplicate submissions. Please read the following information carefully.
You may submit work already submitted to the CHI "Papers & Notes" track
to USEC 2017 before you receive your acceptance notification from CHI,
provided that: 1. you clearly indicate on the manuscript that the work
has been submitted to CHI 2017; 2. you email the PC chair
(usec2017 at easychair.org) at the time of submission to USEC; 3. you
inform the PC chair immediately when you are notified about the status
of your CHI submission. Any work accepted for publication at CHI will be
withdrawn from consideration for USEC 2017.

The proceedings will be published by the Internet Society.

      Conference Website


      Program Chairs

Melanie Volkamer, Karlstad and Darmstadt
Karen Renaud, Glasgow

Dr. Melanie Volkamer
Head of Group
SecUSo- IT Security, Usability and Society

Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt
TU Darmstadt
Hochschulstrasse 10
D - 64289 Darmstadt

Phone:   +49(0) 6151 16 5422
Fax:     +49(0) 6151 16 4825
E-Mail:  melanie.volkamer at cased.de
Web:     www.secuso.cased.de

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