HoTSoS'18 Call for Papers


Submissions are solicited for the 5th Annual Hot Topics in the Science of Security (HoTSoS) Symposium, which will be held April 10-11, 2018 at the StateView Hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University. The symposium will include a mix of invited talks, refereed papers, panels, tutorials, and posters. As in prior years, papers will appear in the conference proceedings to be published by ACM Press.


HoTSoS draws together researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders from government, industry, and academia. The conference provides a forum for dialogue centered upon the development and advancement of scientific foundations in cybersecurity. The technical emphasis of HoTSoS is on scientific methods, data gathering and analysis, experimental approaches, mathematical models, and the interactions among those approaches to build a foundational science of security. The HoTSoS vision is one of engaging and growing a community—including researchers and skilled practitioners from diverse disciplines—that is focused around the advancement of scientific methods.   


We invite submissions on any topic related to science of security that aligns with the conference scope and goals listed above. The 2018 HoTSoS will highlight the following themes:

  • Scalability and composability in the construction of secure systems,
  • Policy-governed collaboration for handling data across different domains of authority while ensuring security and privacy,
  • Security metrics to guide choice-making in security engineering and response,
  • Resilient architectures that can deliver service despite compromised components,
  • Analysis of human behavior, including modeling users, operators, and adversaries, to support improved design and analysis,
  • Foundational research related to privacy that allows for the ability to use (i.e., collect, store, and share) data in accordance with requirements, and
  • Foundations for the security of cyber-physical systems, including applications to the Internet of Things.
  Full Paper/Tutorial/Talk Submissions: January 17, 2018 (firm)
  Poster Submissions: February 23, 2018
  Full Paper/Tutorial/Talk Decisions: February 16, 2018
  Camera Ready: February 28, 2018
  Conference: April 10-11, 2018


  • Full paper/tutorial/talk submission deadline. Submissions of full papers, tutorial proposals, or government/industrial talk proposals must be made by the deadline of Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (anywhere on Earth) (firm) through by specifying the submission category to be one of the following. 
    • Full papers. A submission of full paper should be at most 10 pages in the double-column ACM format* including the bibliography or, alternatively, 9 pages not including the bibliography. The paper may have optional appendices, but reviewers are not required to read them. All submissions must be in PDF format.
    • Tutorial proposals. A submission of tutorial proposal should be at most 5 pages in the double-column ACM format* including the bibliography. A submission should include a detailed syllabus of material to be presented.  All submissions must be in PDF format.
    • Government/industrial talk proposals. If you are from the government or industrial sector and are interested in giving a talk, please submit your abstract of your talk abstract, at most 1 page in the double-column ACM format* including the bibliography.
  • Poster submission deadline. Submissions of posters must be made by the deadline of Friday February 23, 2018 (anywhere on Earth) through
    • Posters. If you are interested in participating in the poster session, please upload a submission of your poster abstract. Each abstract submission should be at most 1 page following the double-column ACM format* including the bibliography.
    • Poster abstracts will be included in the ACM proceedings. The posters will be displayed on the conference website.
  • Simultaneity. Submissions must not have been published previously, and may not be submitted in parallel to any other journal or conference/workshop with published proceedings. The program chairs reserve the right to consult confidentially with other chairs and responsible parties if a double submission is suspected.

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Decisions of  full paper/tutorial/talk submissions will be made no later than February 16, 2018. Final camera-ready papers will be due February 28. Please send any questions about topics or submission requirements to

Note for authors: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date (which affects patent filing deadlines) may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference.