Call for Papers

20th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2020)
Montreal, Canada
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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 20th PETS event will be organised by Concordia University and the Université du Québec à Montréal and held in Montreal, Canada, on a date in 2020 yet to be determined. 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 research papers on privacy, provides high-quality reviewing and publication while also supporting the successful PETS community event. PoPETs is published by Sciendo, part of De Gruyter, which has over 260 years of publishing history. PoPETs does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

Authors can submit papers to PoPETs four times a year, every three months, and 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 submissions. Papers accepted for an issue in the PoPETs 2020 volume must be presented at the symposium PETS 2020. Please view our FAQ for more information about the process.

Submission Guidelines
The submission guidelines contain important submission information for authors. Please note especially the instructions for anonymizing submissions and for ensuring ethical research. Papers must be submitted via the PETS 2020 submission server. The submission URL is:

Important Dates for PETS 2020

All deadlines are 23:59:59 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)

Issue 1
Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2019 (firm)
Rebuttal period: July 9 – 11, 2019
Author notification: August 1, 2019
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): September 15, 2019

Issue 2
Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2019 (firm)
Rebuttal period: October 8 – 10, 2019
Author notification: November 1, 2019
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): December 15, 2019

Issue 3
Paper submission deadline: November 30, 2019 (firm)
Rebuttal period: January 7 – 9, 2020
Author notification: February 1, 2020
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): March 15, 2020

Issue 4
Paper submission deadline: February 29, 2020 (firm)
Rebuttal period: April 9 – 11, 2020
Author notification: May 1, 2020
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): June 15, 2020

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.

Papers submitted to PETS/PoPETs should present novel practical and/or theoretical research into the design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies. Note that a paper's relevance to privacy applications is crucial for our community. PETS is friendly to topics from the wider area of security and privacy (cryptographic primitives, security mechanisms, differentially-private mechanisms, etc.) as long as it is clear how these serve to improve or understand privacy in technology (e.g., it includes a use case, evaluation on real data, integration with an application, etc.).

Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:

We also solicit Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers on any of these topics: papers putting together existing knowledge under some common light (adversary model, requirements, functionality offered, etc.), providing novel insights, identifying research gaps or challenges to commonly held assumptions, etc. Survey papers, without such contributions, are not suitable. SoK submissions should include "SoK:" in their title and check the corresponding option in the submission form.

General Chairs (
Jeremy Clark, Concordia University
Sébastien Gambs, Université du Québec à Montréal
Program Chairs/Co-Editors-in-Chief (
Kostas Chatzikokolakis, University of Athens
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Program Committee/Editorial Board:
Ruba Abu-Salma, University College London
Gergely Acs, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Mario Alvim, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Abdelrahaman Aly, KU Leuven
Sebastian Angel, University of Pennsylvania
Erman Ayday, Bilkent University
Lujo Bauer, Carnegie Mellon University
Sonia Ben Mokhtar, CNRS
Nataliia Bielova, Inria
Igor Bilogrevic, Google
Cecylia Bocovich, University of Waterloo
Aylin Caliskan, George Washington University
Bogdan Carbunar, Florida International University
Melissa Chase, Microsoft Research
Giovanni Cherubin, EPFL
Scott Coull, FireEye
Anupam Das, NC State University
Claudia Diaz, KU Leuven
Roya Ensafi, University of Michigan
David Evans, University of Virginia
Julien Freudiger, Apple
Sébastien Gambs, Université du Québec À Montréal (UQAM)
Chaya Ganesh, Aarhus University
Paolo Gasti, New York Institute
Yossi Gilad, MIT
Rachel Greenstadt, NYU
Jamie Hayes, University College London
Xi He, University of Waterloo
Amir Herzberg, Bar Ilan University / University of Connecticut
Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota
Amir Houmansadr, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kévin Huguenin, Université de Lausanne
Mathias Humbert, Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC)
Rob Jansen, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Philipp Jovanovic, EPFL
Marc Juarez, KU Leuven
Dali Kaafar, CSIRO
Peter Kairouz, Stanford University
Stefan Katzenbeisser, TU Darmstadt
Florian Kerschbaum, University of Waterloo
Boris Koepf, IMDEA Software Institute
Markulf Kohlweiss, University of Edinburgh
Alptekin Küpçü, Koç University
Douglas Leith, Trinity College Dublin
Patrick Loiseau, Inria
Wouter Lueks, EPFL
Abigail Marsh, Macalester College
Ivan Martinovic, University of Oxford
Nick Mathewson, Tor Project
Travis Mayberry, U.S. Naval Academy
Jonathan Mayer, Princeton University
Michelle Mazurek, University of Maryland
Susan McGregor, Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Columbia Journalism School
Sebastian Meiser, University College London
Ian Miers, Cornell Tech
Alan Mislove, Northeastern University
Aziz Mohaisen, University of Central Florida
Esfandiar Mohammadi, ETH Zurich
Pedro Moreno Sanchez, Purdue University
Takao Murakami, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Kartik Nayak, VMWare Research / Duke University
Rishab Nithyanand, University of Iowa
Melek Onen, EURECOM
Cristina Onete, University of Limoges / XLIM
Rebekah Overdorf, EPFL
Catuscia Palamidessi, Inria
Panagiotis Papadimitratos, KTH
Charalampos Papamanthou, University of Maryland
Paul Pearce, UC Berkeley
Fabian Prasser, TU Munich
Bart Preneel, KU Leuven
Ananth Raghunathan, Google
Michael Reiter, UNC Chapel Hill
Stefanie Roos, TU Delft
Nitesh Saxena, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Florian Schaub, University of Michigan
Zubair Shafiq, University of Iowa
Micah Sherr, Georgetown University
Reza Shokri, National University of Singapore
Claudio Soriente, NEC
Anna Squicciarini, Penn State University
Theresa Stadler, Privitar
Paul Syverson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Nina Taft, Google
Hassan Takabi, University of North Texas
Shruti Tople, Microsoft Research
Doug Tygar, UC Berkeley
Blase Ur, University of Chicago
Narseo Vallina, IMDEA Networks Institute
Joris Van Hoboken, Vrije Universiteit Brussels / University of Amsterdam
Tao Wang, HKUST
Christo Wilson, Northeastern University
Matthew Wright, Rochester Institute of Technology
Jason Xue, Macquarie University
Arkady Yerukhimovich, George Washington University
Thomas Zacharias, University of Edinburgh
Daniel Zappala, Brigham Young University
Yang Zhang, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
Publicity Chairs (
Kat Hanna, The Tor Project
Rebekah Overdorf, EPFL
Publication Chairs (
Vasilios Mavroudis, University College London
Tobias Pulls, Karlstad University
Video Chair (
Ryan Henry, University of Calgary
Web Chairs
Ian Goldberg, University of Waterloo
Kat Hanna, The Tor Project

Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies
You are invited to submit nominations for the 2020 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 statue.

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, 2018 until March 30, 2020.

Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award
The Andreas Pfitzmann PETS 2020 Best Student Paper Award will be selected at PETS 2020. Papers written solely or primarily by a student who is presenting the work at PETS 2020 are eligible for the award.

As usual, 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 2020 website soon.