Call for Papers

18th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2018)
Barcelona, Spain
July 24–27, 2018
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The annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) brings together privacy experts from around the world to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on research in privacy technologies. The 18th PETS event will be organized by Eticas and held in Barcelona, Spain July 24–27 2018. Papers undergo a journal-style reviewing process and accepted papers are published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs).

PoPETs, a scholarly, open access journal for timely research papers on privacy, has been established as a way to improve reviewing and publication quality while retaining the highly successful PETS community event. PoPETs is published by De Gruyter Open, the world's second largest publisher of open access academic content, and part of the De Gruyter group, which has over 260 years of publishing history. PoPETs does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

Papers submitted to PETS/PoPETs should present novel practical and/or theoretical research into the design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies. While PETS/PoPETs has traditionally been home to research on anonymity systems and privacy-oriented cryptography, we strongly encourage submissions on a number of both well-established and emerging privacy-related topics, for which examples are provided below.

PoPETs also solicits submissions for Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers. These are papers that critically review, evaluate, and contextualize work in areas for which a body of prior literature exists, and whose contribution lies in systematizing the existing knowledge in that area. To be suitable for publication, SoK articles must provide an added value beyond a literature review, such as novel insights, identification of research gaps, or challenges to commonly held assumptions. SoK papers will follow the same review process as other submissions, and will be published in PoPETs and presented at the PETS 2018 event.

Authors can submit papers to PoPETs four times a year, every three months on a predictable schedule. The four submission deadlines for the 2018 volume of PoPETs are in May 2017, Aug 2017, Nov 2017, and Feb 2018. Papers accepted for an issue in the 2018 volume will be presented at PETS 2018. Note that accepted papers must be presented at PETS.

Authors are notified of the decisions about two months after submission. In addition to accept and reject decisions, papers may receive resubmit with major revisions decisions, in which case authors are invited to revise and resubmit their article to one of the following two issues. We endeavor to assign the same reviewers to revised versions.

Submit papers for PoPETs 2018, Issue 4 at Submitted papers must be anonymized, and may be at most 15 pages excluding bibliography and appendices and 20 pages total. Reviews are double blind. Please see the submission guidelines and our FAQ for more information about the process.

Important Dates for PETS 2018

All deadlines are 23:59:59 American Samoa time (UTC-11)

Issue 1:
Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2017 (firm)
Rebuttal period: July 10 – 12, 2017
Author notification: August 1, 2017
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): September 15, 2017

Issue 2:
Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2017 (firm)
Rebuttal period: October 9 – 11, 2017
Author notification: October 31, 2017
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): December 15, 2017

Issue 3
Paper submission deadline: November 30, 2017 (firm)
Rebuttal period: January 8 – 10, 2018
Author notification: February 1, 2018
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): March 15, 2018

Issue 4:
Paper submission deadline: February 28, 2018 (firm)
Rebuttal period: April 9 – 11, 2018
Author notification: April 30, 2018
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): June 15, 2018

Authors invited to resubmit with major revisions can submit the revised (full) paper two weeks after the stated deadline. Such papers must, however, be registered with an abstract by the usual deadline. All other papers than these major revision resubmissions must be submitted by the stated deadline, including papers submitted to and rejected from previous issues. To benefit from the two-week deadline extension, major revisions must be submitted to one of the two issues following the decision. Major revisions submitted to later issues are treated as new submissions, due by the regular deadline and possibly assigned to new reviewers.

Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:

General Chair (
Gemma Galdón Clavell, Eticas
Program Chairs/Co-Editors-in-Chief (
Rachel Greenstadt, Drexel University
Damon McCoy, New York University
Carmela Troncoso, EPFL
Program Committee/Editorial Board:
Gunes Acar, KU Leuven
Gergely Ács, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
William Aiello, University of British Columbia
Mashael Al-Sabah, Qatar University
Abdelrahaman Aly, KU Leuven
Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University
Hadi Asghari, TU Delft
Shehar Bano, University College London
Kevin Bauer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Matt Blaze, University of Pennsylvania
Sonja Buchegger, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Kelly Caine, Clemson University
Aylin Caliskan, Princeton University
Jean Camp, Indiana University Bloomington
Sherman S.M. Chow, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Christopher Clifton, Purdue University
Scott Coull, FireEye
Jed Crandall, University of New Mexico
Emiliano De Cristofaro, University College London
Rinku Dewri, University of Denver
Claudia Diaz, KU Leuven
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Tariq Elahi, KU Leuven
Giulia Fanti, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
David Fifield, University of California, Berkeley
Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University
Paolo Gasti, New York Institute of Technology
Arthur Gervais, Imperial College London
Yossi Gilad, MIT
Ian Goldberg, University of Waterloo
Thomas Groß, Newcastle University
Jens Grossklags, Technical University Munich
Seda Gurses, KU Leuven
Marit Hansen, Independent Centre for Privacy Protection Schleswig-Holstein
Ryan Henry, Indiana University Bloomington
Jaap-Henk Hoepman, Radboud University Nijmegen
Amir Herzberg, Bar Ilan University
Mireille Hildebrandt, Radboud University Nijmegen
Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota
Amir Houmansadr, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Yan Huang, Indiana University Bloomington
Kévin Huguenin, Université de Lausanne
Mobin Javed, Lahore University of Management Sciences and ICSI
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Dali Kaafar, Data61-CSIRO
Apu Kapadia, Indiana University Bloomington
Aniket Kate, Purdue University
Stefan Katzenbeisser, TU Darmstadt
Florian Kershbaum, University of Waterloo
Negar Kiyavash, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Boris Koepf, IMDEA Software Institute
Markulf Kohlweiss, University of Edinburgh
Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, IIIT Delhi
Alptekin Küpçü, Koç University
Susan Landau, Tufts University
Peeter Laud, Cybernetica
Adam J. Lee, University of Pittsburgh
Douglas Leith, Trinity College Dublin
Janne Lindqvist, Rutgers University
Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Duke University
Nick Mathewson, The Tor Project
Aleecia McDonald, Stanford University
Susan McGregor, Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Columbia Journalism School
Sarah Meiklejohn, University College London
Prateek Mittal, Princeton University
Takao Murakami, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Steven Murdoch, University College London
Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University
Muhammad Naveed, University of Southern California
Shirin Nilizadeh, UCSB
Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University
Cristina Onete, University of Limoges/XLIM
Catuscia Palamidessi, INRIA
Paul Pearce, UC Berkeley
Adrian Perrig, ETHZ
Bart Preneel, KU Leuven
Ananth Raghunathan, Google
Kasper Rasmussen, University of Oxford
Joel Reardon, University of Calgary
Michael Reiter, UNC Chapel Hill
Alfredo Rial, University of Luxembourg
Narseo Vallina Rodriguez, IMDEA Networks Institute
Franziska Roesner, University of Washington
Thomas Roessler, Google
Stefanie Roos, University of Waterloo
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, Technische University Darmstadt
Martin Schmiedecker, SBA Research
Peter Schwabe, Radboud Univeristy Nijmegen
Claudio Soriente, NEC
Thorsten Strufe, TU Dresden
Paul Syverson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Abhradeep Thakurta, UC Santa Cruz
Michael Tschantz, International Computer Science Institute (ICSI)
Gene Tsudik, UC Irvine
Doug Tygar, UC Berkeley
Eugene Vasserman, Kansas State University
Michael Waidner, Fraunhofer SIT and TU Darmstadt
Tao Wang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Tara Whalen, Google
Philipp Winter, UC San Diego / CAIDA
Joss Wright, Oxford Internet Institute
Matthew Wright, RIT
HotPETs Chairs (
Tariq Elahi, KU Leuven
Susan McGregor Columbia
PET Award Chairs (
Matthew Wright, RIT
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, Technische University Darmstadt
Sponsorship Chair (
Steven Murdoch, University College London
Publicity Chairs (
Kat Hanna
Wouter Lueks, EPFL
Publications Chairs (
Marc Juarez, KU Leuven
Philipp Winter, UC San Diego / CAIDA
Video Chair (
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Web Chairs
Ian Goldberg, Univerity of Waterloo
Kat Hanna
Stipend Chairs (
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Andrei Serjantov
Emiliano De Cristofaro, University College London
Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota
Damon McCoy, New York University
Nikita Borisov, UIUC

Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies
You are invited to submit nominations for the 2018 Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies. The Caspar Bowden PET award is presented annually to researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to the theory, design, implementation, or deployment of privacy enhancing technologies. It is awarded at PETS and carries a cash prize as well as a physical award monument.

Any paper by any author written in the area of privacy enhancing technologies is eligible for nomination. However, the paper must have appeared in a refereed journal, conference, or workshop with proceedings published in the period from April 1, 2016 until March 30, 2018.

Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award
The Andreas Pfitzmann PETS 2018 Best Student Paper Award will be selected at PETS 2018. Papers written solely or primarily by a student who is presenting the work at PETS 2018 are eligible for the award.

As with the last several years, part of the symposium will be devoted to HotPETs — the "hottest," most exciting research ideas still in a formative state. Further information will be published on the PETS 2018 website soon.