ESSoS 2017: International Symposium on Engineering Secure Software and Systems 2017

July 3, 2017-July 5, 2017 in Bonn, Germany

Call for Papers

+----------------------------------------------------------------------+ | | | Call for papers | | | | | | International Symposium on Engineering Secure Software and Systems | | | | ESSoS 2017 | | | | July 3-5, 2017 | | Bonn, Germany | | | | | +----------------------------------------------------------------------+

+----------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Paper submission: Friday, February 24, 2017 (firm) | +----------------------------------------------------------------------+

In cooperation with: ACM SIGSAC and SIGSOFT (pending) New this year: co-Located with DIMVA.

  • Context and motivation * IT security is becoming an increasingly interdisciplinary subject. For example, it is insufficient to simply deploy new security measures but one must pay careful attention to correctly integrate the security measures into existing software. Such an approach involves redesigning and engineering of software to ensure that the built-in security policy is effective in practice. Many security venues put little focus on topics related to software engineering, while many software-engineering venues lack appreciation for more complex topics in software security. ESSoS thus strives to be a venue that welcomes exactly such contributions that are at the border of IT security and software engineering. The program committee is particularly chosen to encompass a broad range of expertise, ranging from software security over software engineering to human subjects such as usable security.

  • Goal and setup * The goal of this symposium, which will be the ninth in the series, is to bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of the art and practice in secure software engineering. Being one of the few conference-level events dedicated to this topic, it explicitly aims to bridge the software engineering and security engineering communities, and promote cross-fertilization. The symposium will feature two days of technical program including two keynote presentations. In addition to academic papers, the symposium encourages submission of high-quality, informative industrial experience papers about successes and failures in secure software engineering and the lessons learned. Furthermore, the symposium also accepts short idea papers that crisply describe a promising direction, approach, or insight.

  • Topics * The Symposium seeks submissions on subjects related to its goals. This includes a diversity of topics including (but not limited to):

  • Cloud security, virtualization for security
  • Mobile devices security
  • Automated techniques for vulnerability discovery and analysis
  • Model checking for security
  • Binary code analysis, reverse-engineering
  • Programming paradigms, models, and domain-specific languages for security
  • Operating system security
  • Verification techniques for security properties
  • Malware: detection, analysis, mitigation
  • Security in critical infrastructures
  • Security by design
  • Static and dynamic code analysis for security
  • Web applications security
  • Program rewriting techniques for security
  • Security measurements
  • Empirical secure software engineering
  • Security-oriented software reconfiguration and evolution
  • Computer forensics
  • Processes for the development of secure software and systems
  • Security testing
  • Embedded software security
  • Usable security
  • Important dates * Paper submission: Friday, February 24, 2017 (firm) Paper acceptance notification: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Artifact evaluation submission: Friday, April 21, 2017 Poster submission: Friday, April 21, 2017 Poster acceptance notification: Friday, April 28, 2017 Camera-ready: Friday, May 12, 2017 Symposium: Monday to Wednesday, July 3-5, 2017 (DIMVA is held July 6-7, following ESSoS)

  • Submission and format * The proceedings of the symposium are published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series (, pending approval). Submissions should follow the formatting instructions of Springer LNCS. Submitted papers must present original, unpublished work of high quality.

Two types of papers will be accepted:

Full papers (max 14 pages without bibliography/appendices) Such papers may describe original technical research with a solid foundation, such as formal analysis or experimental results, with acceptance determined mostly based on novelty and validation. Or they may describe case studies applying existing techniques or analysis methods in industrial settings, with acceptance determined mostly by the general applicability of techniques and the completeness of the technical presentation details.

Idea papers (max 8 pages with bibliography) Such papers may crisply describe a novel idea that is both feasible and interesting, where the idea may range from a variant of an existing technique all the way to a vision for the future of security technology. Idea papers allow authors to introduce ideas to the field and get feedback, while allowing for later publication of complete, fully-developed results. Submissions will be judged primarily on novelty, excitement, and exposition, but feasibility is required, and acceptance will be unlikely without some basic, principled validation (e.g., extrapolation from limited experiments or simple formal analysis). In the proceedings, idea papers will clearly identified by means of the "Idea" tag in the title.

Posters ESSoS will have a poster session to present ideas, discuss prototypes, and feature ongoing work. Authors of accepted papers and authors with evaluated artifacts are invited to submit a poster as well. Poster abstracts are limited to 1 page.

Approved Artifacts Due to the secure software engineering focus, we expect the majority of papers to be based on an accompanying software artifact, data set, or similar. We strongly encourage the authors of accepted papers to submit such artifacts for evaluation. Artifact Evaluation will take place after accepted papers have been announced. Further information will be given closer to the paper-submission deadline. Submissions where the artifact evaluation committee can reproduce the software artifacts and evaluation will receive the “approved artifact” badge. Authors of approved artifacts are further given the opportunity to demo their artifact at the conference. In addition, the committee will select a best artifact to receive the Distinguished Artifact Award.

  • Steering committee *

Jorge Cuellar (Siemens AG) Wouter Joosen (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) - chair Fabio Massacci (Università di Trento) Gary McGraw (Cigital) Bashar Nuseibeh (The Open University) Daniel Wallach (Rice University University)

  • Organizing committee * General chair: Michael Meier (University of Bonn, DE) Program co-chairs: Mathias Payer (Purdue university, USA),Eric Bodden (Paderborn University, DE) Doctoral Symposium: TBA Publication chair: Elias Athanasopoulos (University of Cyprus, CY) Publicity chair: Raoul Strackx (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE) Web chair: Ghita Saevels (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE)

  • Program committee * David Aspinall, University of Edinburgh Domagoj Babic, Google Inc. Alexandre Bartel, University of Luxembourg Amel Bennaceur, The Open University Stefan Brunthaler, Paderborn University Will Enck, NC State University Michael Franz, University of California, Irvine Christian Hammer, University of Potsdam Michael Hicks, University of Maryland Trent Jaeger, The Pennsylvania State University Vassilis P. Kemerlis, Brown University Johannes Kinder, University of London Byoungyoung Lee, Purdue University Yang Liu, University of Oxford Ben Livshits, Microsoft Research Clémentine Maurice, Technical University Graz Andy Meneely, Rochester Institute of Technology Mira Mezini, Technical University Darmstadt Alessandro Orso, Georgia Tech Christina Pöpper, New York University Abu Dhabi Awais Rashid, Lancaster University Kaveh Razavi, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Tamara Rezk, INRIA Angela Sasse, University College London Zhendong Su, University of California, Davis Melanie Volkamer, Karlstad University Xiangyu Zhang, Purdue University