HoTSoS'19 Call for Papers




  • General Posters submission deadline is  Friday, February 8  extended to February 28
  • SecMetrics Posters submission deadline is March, 10


Submissions are solicited for the 6th Annual Hot Topics in the Science of Security (HoTSoS) Symposium, which will be held April 1-3, 2019 at the Wyatt Center on the Peabody Campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. This symposium solicits original and solid scientific work in security and privacy which examines the scientific foundations of trustworthy systems for security and privacy, and it can be generalized across multiple domains with quantifiable evidence for advancing security objectives. The symposium program will include invited talks, refereed papers, panels, tutorials, and posters. The poster session will include a poster competition on developing security metrics. The papers will appear in the conference proceedings to be published by ACM Press.   

S C O P E ,   V I S I O N ,   &   T O P I C S   O F   I N T E R E S T

We invite submissions on any topic related to science of security that aligns with the conference scope and goals listed above. HoTSoS 2019 will highlight the following themes:

  • Resilient Architectures for designing and analyzing system architectures that deliver required service in the face of compromised components,
  • Scalability and Composability for automating the construction of provably secure systems from components with known security properties,
  • Policy Governed Secure Collaboration for handling data across different domains of authority while ensuring security and privacy,
  • Security-Metrics-Driven Development and Evaluation for guiding choice-making in security engineering and response by assuring or predicting the security properties of cyber systems,
  • Understanding and Accounting for Human Behavior, including modeling users, operators, and adversaries, to for enabling the design, modeling, and analysis of systems with specified security properties,
  • Privacy Policy Enforcement for enabling the use (i.e., collect, store, and share) of data in accordance with requirements, and
  • Foundations for the security of cyber-physical systems security and resilience,  including applications to the Internet of Things.
I M P O R T A N T   D A T E S   
  Full Paper/Tutorial/Talk Submissions: January 7, 2019 at 11:59 EST extended to Friday January 18, 2019 at 11:59 EST
  General Poster Submissions: February 8, 2019 at 11:59 EST
  SecMetrics Comp. Poster Submissions: February 8, 2019 at 11:59 EST
  Full Paper/Tutorial/Talk Decisions: February 18, 2019
  Camera Ready: February 25, 2019
  Conference: April 1-3, 2019

S U B M I S S I O N   R E Q U I R E M E N T S

FULL PAPERS/TUTORIALS. Submissions of full papers or tutorial proposals must be made by the deadline of Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST 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 2 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.

GENERAL AND SECMETRICS POSTERS. If you are interested in participating in the general poster session or the security metrics competition, please upload a submission of your poster abstract through The submission deadline for general posters is Thursday, February 28. The submission deadline for SecMetrics posters is March 10. Poster abstracts will be included in the ACM proceedings and must be submitted in the double-column ACM format*. The posters will be displayed on the conference website.

  • General Posters. Each extended abstract submission should be at most 2 pages including the bibliography.
  • SecMetrics Competition Posters. Each abstract submission should be at most 2 pages including the bibliography. The SecMetrics abstract should include the following sections: the metric definition and modeling (what to measure), measurement methodology (how), scope/application (where), verification and validation, and benefit and cost. The poster evaluation criteria of this competition includes the following importance, accuracy, practicality, applicability/scope, and validation robustness.

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.

Nominations or proposals for Government or industry talks can be sent directly to the program chairs via email at

ACM Template:

Please send any questions about topics or submission requirements to

A D D I T I O N A L   I N F O R M A T I O N

Decisions of  full paper/tutorial/talk submissions will be made no later than February 18, 2019. Final camera-ready papers will be due February 25. 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.