Call for Papers


Abstract deadline: May 9, 2008
Full paper deadline: May 12, 2008, 5pm US/Pacific


The ubiquitous nature of information and communication today is often cited as the cause of many security and privacy problems including identity and reputation management, viruses/worms and phishing/pharming. There is strong evidence, however, that this abundance of information and communication has at least as many security and privacy benefits as costs. Consider for example, the use of machine learning algorithms to detect network  intrusions, crowd-based approaches to anonymous communication and  the use of data mining algorithms to determine content sanitization. All of these efforts benefit from recent advances in AI, which have often been driven by increases in the amount of available data.
To fully realize the security and privacy benefits of today's ubiquitous information, the security community needs expertise in the tools and techniques for managing that information, namely, artificial intelligence technology, and the AI community needs an understanding of security and privacy problems. To facilitate an exchange of ideas between these two communities, we are holding the first workshop in "AISec" in conjunction with the 15th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), the new field of security and privacy solutions that leverage AI technologies. Our full-day workshop will be a mix of technical papers and position papers with ideas for AISec's future.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Spam detection
  • Fraud detection (e.g. clickfraud, advertisement fraud)
  • Botnet detection
  • Intrusion detection
  • Malware identification
  • Insider threat detection
  • Privacy-preserving data mining
  • Inference detection and control
  • Phishing detection and prevention
  • Design and analysis of CAPTCHAs
  • AI approaches to trust and reputation
  • Machine learning techniques for optimizing user experience
  • Vulnerability testing through intelligent probing (e.g. fuzzing)
  • Content-driven security policy management & access control
  • Techniques and methods for generating training and test sets 

Paper Submission

We invite original research papers describing significant results using AI techniques to address security and/or privacy problems. We also invite position papers discussing the role of AI in security and privacy. Submitted papers may not substantially overlap papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or conference with proceedings.

Research submissions should be at most 12 pages excluding the bibliography and well-marked appendices using single-column, 11-point font and reasonable margins on letter-size paper, and at most 15 pages total. Committee members are not required to read the appendices, and so the paper should be intelligible without them. Position papers should be at most 6 pages long in total using the same guidelines as above. Submissions need not be anonymized.
Submissions can be made through EasyChair at the following web site:


Submission deadline: May 9, 2008 (You need to submit at least your abstracts by this date)
Final deadline: May 12, 2008, 5pm PDT (You need to have submitted an abstract by 5/9 in order to submit a paper on 5/12)
Author notifications: July 3, 2008
Camera ready papers due: August 10, 2008 (Firm deadline)
Proceedings delivered: 3rd week of October 2008
Workshop: October 27, 2008


Authors of accepted papers are expected to give full presentations at the workshop. Proceedings will be published by the ACM.

Organizing Committee 

Program Chairs: Dirk Balfanz (Google) and Jessica Staddon (PARC)

Program Committee:

Adam Barth, Stanford
Alvaro Cardenas, U. C. Berkeley
Monica Chew, Google
Luca de Alfaro, U. C. Santa Cruz
Lise Getoor, University of Maryland
Natalie Glance, Google
Virgil Griffith, California Institute of Technology
Zulfikar Ramzan, Symantec
Dawn Song, U. C. Berkeley
Paul Thompson, Dartmouth
Rebecca Wright, Rutgers University