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ACM CCS 2024

October 14-18, 2024 Salt Lake City, U.S.A.

Doctoral Symposium Call for Participation

Pursuing a PhD can be an arduous journey. Starting in 2024, a dedicated Doctoral Symposium will be held in conjunction with the ACM CCS conference to provide PhD students with timely feedback from the SIGSAC research community on their dissertation research. The Inaugural Doctoral Symposium will be held on Oct 14, the day before the CCS’24 main conference. Invited PhD students will present their in-progress PhD dissertation work to the Doctoral Symposium Committee. During and after each presentation, the student, the committee, and the rest of the audience will engage in constructive discussions with the purpose of providing perspectives and suggestions to help the student refine and strengthen their dissertation work.

It is worth noting that a PhD dissertation has much more depth than a single peer-reviewed paper or simply a collection of results from several published papers. A PhD dissertation shall be based on a coherent postulate that is subject to rigorous scientific reasoning and experimentation, and consists of a substantial amount of inquiry — theoretically, experimentally, or both — that demonstrates the validity and utility of the said postulate. An ideal candidate who can benefit from the Doctoral Symposium is one who can articulate this vision, and explain to the committee:

  1. Why it is worthwhile to conduct the research.
  2. The rationale behind the approaches being contemplated/experimented.
  3. Any existing data that demonstrates a feasible path forward.

We expect students who can benefit most from the Doctoral Symposium are those who are in the middle of their PhD journey. This is also a period when a PhD student is eager to acquire a wide perspective of their work but may not have had the exposure (e.g., conference presentations) necessary to receive feedback from the broader research community. To encourage participation in the Doctoral Symposium, ACM SIGSAC has provided generous financial support so each invited PhD student will receive a $1,000 student travel grant to help defray the cost of attending the Doctoral Symposium.

We invite PhD students pursuing dissertation research in the area of computer security (i.e., on any topic that is of interest to ACM CCS) to submit a short dissertation research description to be evaluated by the Doctoral Symposium Committee. The description should adhere to the ACM double-column format with a 3-page maximum (i.e., including title, abstract, content, and any references). Submissions are not blinded, and must contain the PhD student’s name, advisor’s name, affiliations, and contact information. Submissions that are not formatted as described above are subject to rejection without review. The content of the description shall capture the three essences described above. Selection will be based on the importance of the problem the dissertation research addresses, how well the description articulates the vision of the research, the quality of the preliminary work done, and how likely and to what extent the PhD student can benefit from the exchanges in the Symposium. The Doctoral Symposium’s main purpose is to help PhD students advance their dissertation research, as opposed to showcasing almost-done dissertation work that has little chance of being influenced by the feedback from the Symposium. The three-page descriptions will be published post-conference as part of the CCS’24 proceedings, and the authors decide which part of the descriptions are included in the proceedings.

Important Dates

  • Dissertation Description Submission:July 19, 2024
  • Notification and Invitation: Aug 23, 2024
  • Camera-ready version due: Sept 5, 2024

Doctoral Symposium Committee

  • Xinming Ou (co-chair) - University of South Florida
  • Gabriela Ciocarlie (co-chair) - UT San Antonio
  • Manos Antonakakis - Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Alex Bardas - University of Kansas
  • Kevin Butler - University of Florida
  • Lorenzo Cavallaro - University College London
  • Leah Ding - American University
  • Yong Guan - Iowa State University
  • Limin Jia - Carnegie Mellon University
  • Apu Kapadia - Indiana University Bloomington
  • Angelos Keromytis - Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Zhiqiang Lin - Ohio State University
  • Alina Oprea - Northeastern University
  • Giancarlo Pellegrino - CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
  • Roberto Perdisci - University of Georgia
  • Kevin Roundy - Andromeda Security
  • Sushmita Ruj - University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Angelos Stavrou - Virginia Tech
  • Gang Tan - Pennsylvania State University
  • Selcuk Uluagac - Florida International University
  • Min Xu - Mastercard
  • Attila Yavuz - University of South Florida