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SPIMACS 2010 : Security and Privacy in Medical and Home-Care Systems


When Oct 8, 2010 - Oct 8, 2010
Where Chicago, IL, USA
Submission Deadline Jul 6, 2010
Notification Due Aug 6, 2010
Final Version Due Aug 16, 2010
Categories    privacy   security   health   medical

Call For Papers

Call for Papers
Second Security and Privacy in Medical and Home-Care Systems Workshop (SPIMACS 2010)
An ACM CCS-Affiliated Workshop
Chicago, IL, USA

Submissions due: June 28, 2010
Workshop: October 8, 2010

We are soliciting submissions for the second Security and Privacy in Medical and Home-Care Systems Workshop. The acronym is SPIMACS, pronounced "spy max". The goal of the workshop is to bring together a range of computer and social scientists to develop a more complete understanding of the interaction of individuals and computer security technologies as they are associated with critical care, continuing care and monitoring of the frail. The goals include, but go beyond, traditional vulnerability and usability critiques to include evaluations of use of security technologies in homes and in health care. Major initiatives in Electronic Health Records and increased sharing of medical information -- including cloud systems such as Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault -- raise significant challenges for protecting the privacy of health information. Next-generation medical devices, in the home, hospital, and beyond, have high security requirements to ensure that critical health functions are correctly and securely supported.

SPIMACS seeks to bring together the people and expertise that will be required to address the challenges of securing the intimate digital spaces of the most vulnerable. Therefore the scope of this workshop includes but is not uniquely limited to:

* usable security
* usable privacy technologies, particularly for the physically or cognitively impaired
* home-based wireless network security
* security in specialized application for the home, e.g. medical or physical security monitoring
* authentication in the home environment
* security and anonymization of home-centric data on the network
* usable security for unique populations, e.g. elders, children, or the ill
* privacy and security evaluation mechanisms for home environments
* security in home-based sensor networks
* medical and spatial privacy
* privacy-aware medical devices
* privacy-enhanced medical search
* analyses of in-home and medical systems
* attacks on medical devices
* threat analyses or attacks on medical or home data
* novel applications of cryptography to medical or intimate data

We invite submissions emphasizing unique security challenges, innovative technologies, and reconsidered threat models. We also invite papers which analyze the use of technologies at home, the challenges of design targeted at a population with cognitive decline, design for the disabled with a focus on medical and home support when these projects have a primary--or at least significant focus on--privacy and security. Papers explaining the data constraints and controls on data from policy, ethical or legal perspectives are also welcome.

Important Dates:

Submissions due: June 28, 2010 11:59 pm PDT
Notification of acceptance: August 6, 2010
Camera ready along with copyright form: August 16, 2010
Workshop: October 8, 2010 (immediately following CCS 2010)

For more details, please see the complete Call for Papers at
We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Tara Whalen, Carleton University
SPIMACS Program Chair

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