Call for Papers

23rd Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2023)

July 10–15, 2023

Lausanne, Switzerland and Online

The annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) brings together experts from around the world to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on research in privacy technologies. The 23rd PETS will be a hybrid event with a physical gathering held in Lausanne, Switzerland and a concurrent virtual event. Papers undergo a journal-style reviewing process, and accepted papers are published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs). Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to attend and present at the physical event, where their presentations can be recorded for the virtual event and where they can participate directly in in-person research, technical, and social activities. However, in-person attendance is not required for publication in the proceedings. We will carefully monitor the COVID-19 situation, and may change the organization of the event as necessary

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 self-published and 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 endeavour to assign the same reviewers to major revisions. 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 2023 submission server. The submission URL is: https://submit.petsymposium.org/.

Important: There is a new LaTeX template for PETS 2023. Additional instructions are provided in the submission guidelines.

Important Dates for PETS 2023

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

Issue 1
Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2022 (firm)
Rebuttal period: July 13–18, 2022
Author notification: August 1, 2022
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): September 15, 2022

Issue 2
Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2022 (firm)
Rebuttal period: October 12–17, 2022
Author notification: November 1, 2022
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): December 15, 2022

Issue 3
Paper submission deadline: November 30, 2022 (firm)
Rebuttal period: January 11–16, 2023
Author notification: February 1, 2023
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): March 15, 2023

Issue 4
Paper submission deadline: February 28, 2023 (firm)
Rebuttal period: April 10–14, 2023
Author notification: May 1, 2023
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): June 15, 2023

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 papers other than major revision resubmissions must be submitted in full 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.

Scope

Papers submitted to PETS/PoPETs should present novel practical and/or theoretical research into the requirements, design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies and the social, cultural, legal, or situational contexts in which they are used. Note that a paper's relevance to privacy applications is crucial for our community. PETS is open 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.). PETS is also open to interdisciplinary research examining people’s and communities’ privacy needs, preferences, and expectations as long as it is clear how these findings can impact the design, development, or deployment of technology with privacy implications.

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 Chair (gc23@petsymposium.org)
Kévin Huguenin, University of Lausanne
Carmela Troncoso, EPFL
Program Chairs/Co-Editors-in-Chief (pets23-chairs@petsymposium.org)
Michelle Mazurek, University of Maryland
Micah Sherr, Georgetown University
Senior Program Committee/Editorial Board:
Adam Aviv, George Washington University
Lujo Bauer, Carnegie Mellon University
Kevin Butler, University of Florida
Sherman Chow, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Nicolas Christin, Carnegie Mellon University
Chris Clifton, Purdue University
Serge Egelman, International Computer Science Institute
Christina Garman, Purdue University
Carrie Gates, Bank of America
Ian Goldberg, University of Waterloo
Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Stefan Katzenbeisser, University of Passau, Germany
Damon McCoy, New York University
Bryan Parno, Carnegie Mellon University
Florian Schaub, University of Michigan
Paul Syverson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Nina Taft, Google
Blase Ur, University of Chicago
Christo Wilson, Northeastern University
Matthew Wright, Rochester Institute of Technology
Program Committee/Editorial Board:
Ruba Abu-Salma, King's College London
Gunes Acar, Radboud University
Omer Akgul, University of Maryland
Mario Alvim, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Abdelrahaman Aly, Centre of Cryptography, TII
Frederik Armknecht, Universität Mannheim
Hassan Asghar, Macquarie University
Saikrishna Badrinarayanan, Snap
Diogo Barradas, University of Waterloo
Zinaida Benenson, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Alastair Beresford, University of Cambridge
Pascal Berrang, University of Birmingham
Gergely Biczok, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Igor Bilogrevic, Google
Eleanor Birrell, Pomona College
Erik-Oliver Blass, Airbus
Jonas Böhler, SAP SE
Glencora Borradaile, Oregon State University
Varun Chandrasekaran, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Melissa Chase, Microsoft Research
Rahul Chatterjee, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sze Yiu Chau, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Omar Chowdhury, Stony Brook University
Shaanan Cohney, University of Melbourne
Jean-François Couchot, FEMTO-ST Institute
Scott Coull, Mandiant
Jed Crandall, Arizona State University
Robert Cunningham, University of Pittsburgh
Anupam Das, North Carolina State University
Martin Degeling, Ruhr University Bochum
Soteris Demetriou, Imperial College London
Damien Desfontaines, Tumult Labs
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Josep Domingo-Ferrer, Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Nir Drucker, IBM Research - Haifa
Markus Dürmuth, Leibniz University Hannover
Christoph Egger, IRIF, Université Paris Cité
Tariq Elahi, University of Edinburgh
Pardis Emami-Naeini, Duke University
Zeki Erkin, TU Delft
Saba Eskandarian, UNC Chapel Hill
Álvaro Feal, IMDEA Networks Institute
Ellis Fenske, US Naval Academy
Matt Fredrikson, Carnegie Mellon University
Kevin Gallagher, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa
Sébastien Gambs, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Simson Garfinkel, George Washington University
Paolo Gasti, New York Institute of Technology
Gennie Gebhart, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Badih Ghazi, Google Research
Thomas Gross, Newcastle University, UK
Cheng Guo, Clemson University / Google
Mehmet Emre Gürsoy, Koç University, Turkey
Andreas Haeberlen, University of Pennsylvania
Florian Hahn, University of Twente
Rakibul Hasan, Arizona State University
Weijia He, Dartmouth College
Urs Hengartner, University of Waterloo
Dominik Herrmann, University of Bamberg, Germany
Jens Hiller, Google
Thang Hoang, Virginia Tech
Yuan Hong, Illinois Institute of Technology
Amir Houmansadr, UMass Amherst
Roberto Hoyle, Oberlin College
Murtuza Jadliwala, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Rob Jansen, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Limin Jia, Carnegie Mellon University
Jinyuan Jia, Duke University
Marc Juarez, University of Southern California
Bailey Kacsmar, University of Waterloo
Ghassan Karame, Ruhr University Bochum
Marcel Keller, CSIRO's Data61
Steve Kremer, Inria Nancy
Christiane Kuhn, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Piyush Kumar Sharma, KU Leuven
Alptekin Küpcü, Koç University
Peeter Laud, Cybernetica AS
Arnaud Legout, Inria
Brian Levine, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ming Li, The University of Texas at Arlington
Saeed Mahloujifar, Princeton
Mohammad Malekzadeh, Imperial College London
Pasin Manurangsi, Google Research
Piotr Mardziel, Truera
Shrirang Mare, Western Washington University
Rahat Masood, The University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Fabio Massacci, University of Trento, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Peter Mayer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Shagufta Mehnaz, Dartmouth College
Ian Miers, University of Maryland
Veelasha Moonsamy, Ruhr University Bochum
Victor Morel, Sustainable Computing Lab
Pedro Moreno-Sanchez, IMDEA Software Institute
Sumit Mukherjee, insitro
Steven Murdoch, University College London
Adwait Nadkarni, William & Mary
Sashank Narain, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Milad Nasr, Google Brain
Chan Nam Ngo, Kyber Network, Vietnam
Benjamin Nguyen, INSA Centre Val de Loire
Shirin Nilizadeh, The University of Texas at Arlington
Rebekah Overdorf, University of Lausanne
Simon Oya, University of Waterloo
Nisha Panwar, Assistant Professor School of Computer and Cyber Sciences Augusta University
Stefano Paraboschi, Università degli Studi di Bergamo
Paul Pearce, Georgia Tech
Balazs Pejo, CrySyS Lab, BME
Andreas Peter, University of Twente
Christina Pöpper, New York University Abu Dhabi
Tobias Pulls, Karlstad University, Sweden
Apostolos Pyrgelis, EPFL
Ananth Raghunathan, Facebook
Sazzadur Rahaman, University of Arizona
Abbas Razaghpanah, Cisco/ICSI
Joel Reardon, University of Calgary and AppCensus, Inc.
Alfredo Rial, Nym Technologies
Vera Rimmer, KU Leuven
Daniel Roche, U.S. Naval Academy
Stefanie Roos, TU Delft
Paul Rösler, New York University
Andy Rupp, University of Luxembourg
Reihaneh Safavi-Naini, University of Calgary
Wendy Seltzer, W3C/MIT
Shawn Shan, University of Chicago
Mahmood Sharif, Tel Aviv University
Sandra Siby, EPFL
Georgios Smaragdakis, TU Delft
David Marco Sommer, Zuehlke
Claudio Soriente, NEC Laboratories Europe
Theresa Stadler, EPFL
Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, IMDEA Networks Institute
Jose Such, King's College London
Ruoxi Sun, The University of Adelaide
Iraklis Symeonidis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Daniel Takabi, Georgia State University
Sai Teja Peddinti, Google
Michael Toth, Inria
Ni Trieu, Arizona State University
Anselme Tueno, SAP
Nirvan Tyagi, Cornell University
Ben Ujcich, Georgetown University
Tobias Urban, Institute for Internet Security & secunet Security Networks AG
Tavish Vaidya, Google
Eugene Vasserman, Kansas State University
Ryan Wails, Georgetown University, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Tianhao Wang, University of Virginia
Ding Wang, Nankai University
Liang Wang, Princeton University
Shuai Wang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Attila Yavuz, University of South Florida
Zhikun Zhang, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
Yongjun Zhao, Nanyang Technological University
Yixin Zou, University of Michigan / Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy
Publicity/Web Chairs (publicity23@petsymposium.org)
Kat Hanna, The Tor Project
Mathilde Raynal, EPFL
Publication Chairs (publication23@petsymposium.org)
Weijia He, Dartmouth College
Dhruv Kuchhal, Georgia Tech
Artifact Chairs (artifact23@petsymposium.org)
Bailey Kacsmar, University of Waterloo
Pasin Manurangsi, Google Research
Sponsorship Chairs (sponsorship@petsymposium.org)
Steven Murdoch, University College London
Susan McGregor, Columbia University
Infrastructure Chairs
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Ian Goldberg, University of Waterloo

Artifact Review
PoPETs reviews and publishes digital artifacts related to its accepted papers. This process aids in the reproducibility of results and allows others to build on the work described in the paper. Artifact submissions are requested from authors of all accepted papers, and although they are optional, we strongly encourage you to submit your artifacts for review.

Possible artifacts include (but are not limited to):

Artifacts are evaluated by the artifact review committee. The committee evaluates the artifacts to ensure that they provide an acceptable level of utility, and feedback is given to the authors. Issues considered include software bugs, readability of documentation, and appropriate licensing. After your artifact has been approved by the committee, we will accompany the paper link on petsymposium.org with a link to the artifact along with an artifact badge so that interested readers can find and use your artifact.

Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies
You are invited to submit nominations for the 2023 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, 2021 until March 30, 2023.

Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award
A winner of the Andreas Pfitzmann PETS 2023 Best Student Paper Award will be selected at PETS 2023. Papers written solely or primarily by a student who is presenting the work to PETS 2023 are eligible for the award.

Artifact Award
A winner of the PETS 2023 Artifact Award will be announced at PETS 2023. Artifacts for papers accepted to PETS 2023 are eligible for the award.

HotPETs
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 website in early 2023.