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LASER 2012 : Learning from Authoritative Security Experiment Results


When Jul 18, 2012 - Jul 19, 2012
Where Arlington, VA
Submission Deadline Mar 26, 2012
Notification Due May 7, 2012
Final Version Due Jun 15, 2012
Categories    security   experiments

Call For Papers

The goal of this workshop is to provide an outlet for publication of the results of all properly conducted experimental (cyber) security research. This will encourage people to share not only what works, but also what doesn't. Given the increased importance of computer security, the security community needs to quickly identify and learn from both success and failure. This is the primary goal of this workshop. The specific technical results of the experiments are of secondary importance for this workshop.

Topics include, but are not limited to

Unsuccessful research in experimental security
Methods and designs for security experiments
Experimental confounds, mistakes, mitigations
Successes and failures in reproducing the experimental techniques and/or results of earlier work

The workshop focuses on research that has a valid hypothesis and reproducible experimental methodology, but where the results were unexpected or did not validate the hypotheses, where the methodology addressed difficult and/or unexpected issues, or that identified previously unsuspected confounding issues.


March 26: submissions deadline
May 7: decisions to authors
June 15: final papers
July 18 and 19: workshop

For submissions:

Submissions should be 6-10 pages, including tables, figures, and references.
Use the ACM Proceedings Format at (Option 1, if using LaTeX). (Note that the final papers require the use of Option 2, WITH permission block.)
Submit them in PDF format at

The LASER proceedings will be published by ACM as part of ACM's International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) and included in the online ACM Digital Library at

A room block for LASER has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, one block from the Rosslyn Metro and three blocks from the meeting location at SRI International. The rate is $129/night + tax for the nights of July 17, 18, and 19. Rooms must be reserved by phone at 703-807-2000, ext. 2222, or 1-800-368-3408. Ask for room block LUS. Deadline for reservations is June 18, 2012. Free wi-fi and parking are included. If you are a Priority Club member, breakfast is included; breakfast will also be served at the LASER meeting.


SRI International
1100 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 2800
Arlington, VA 22209
Funded in part by a grant from the NSF.

Program Committee

Matt Bishop (UC Davis), PC Co-Chair
Greg Shannon (CMU/CERT), PC Co-Chair
Alessandro Acquisti (CMU)
Ross Anderson (Cambridge)
Terry Benzel (USC/ISI)
George Cybenko (Dartmouth)
Jeremy Epstein (SRI)
Carrie Gates (CA Labs)
Dan Geer (In-Q-Tel)
Kevin Killourhy (CMU)
John Knight (University of Virginia)
Tom Longstaff (JHU/APL)
Brad Martin (ODNI)
Roy Maxion (CMU)
John McHugh (University of North Carolina)
Vern Paxson (ICSI & UC Berkeley)
Shari Pfleeger (Dartmouth/I3P)
Angela Sasse (University College London)
Gene Spafford (Purdue)
Christoph Schuba (Oracle)
Edward Talbot (Consultant)
Steve Taylor (Dartmouth)
Charles Wright (MIT/LL)

Organizing Committee
Carrie Gates (CA Labs), General Chair
Matt Bishop (UC Davis), PC Co-Chair
Greg Shannon (CMU/CERT), PC Co-Chair
Jeremy Epstein (SRI International)
Deb Frincke (NSA)
Ed Talbot (Consultant)
Christoph Schuba (Oracle)

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