Call for Papers

3rd Workshop on Attribute Based Access Control

March 21, 2018, Tempe, Arizona, USA

Attribute based access control is rapidly becoming a flexible form of access control, and has received significant attention recently. The goal of this third Workshop on Attribute Access Control (ABAC 2018), to be held in conjunction with the 8th ACM Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy (CODASPY 2018), is to foster a community of researchers interested in all aspects of attribute based access control. ABAC 2018 seeks submissions from diverse communities, including academic and corporate researchers, open-source projects, standardization bodies, governments, system and security administrators, software engineers and application domain experts.

Papers offering novel research contributions in all aspects of attribute based access control are solicited for submission to this workshop.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • ABAC models
  • Federated ABAC
  • ABAC administration
  • Attribute assurance
  • Safety and expressive power
  • Privacy-preserving ABAC models and mechanisms
  • ABAC model/system verification and testing
  • ABAC policy engineering and mining
  • ABAC in the context of specific technological domains such as
    • Coud computing
    • Mobile computing
    • IoT
    • Blockchain
  • ABAC versus other access control models
  • ABAC in distributed systems
  • ABAC applications and use cases

Papers that primarily focus on other areas without a clear relationship to attribute based access control are outside the scope of this workshop.

Instructions for Paper Authors

General guidelines

Papers must be in double-column ACM format (as specified at including the bibliography and well-marked appendices. Submissions should clearly state the author names and their affiliations. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop and published by the ACM as part of the CODASPY symposium proceedings. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal, conference or workshop. Simultaneous submission of the same work is not allowed. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits.

Full-length papers

Full-length papers can be of at most 12 pages in length.

Position papers and Work in Progress papers

We also invite short position papers on perspectives on ABAC and work in progress papers. Such papers can be of length 1-8 pages in double-column ACM format (as specified at, and must clearly state “Position Paper” or “Work in Progress”, as the case may be, in the title section of the paper. These papers will be reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Submission website

All submissions should be made electronically via EASYCHAIR using the following link:

Panel discussion proposals

We further invite proposals for panel discussion topics (1 page). Panel discussion topics can be directly emailed to Ram Krishnan (

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: Dec 15, 2017, 23:59, anywhere in the world

Notification to authors: Jan 13, 2018

Camera-ready deadline: TBA

Workshop Format

The workshop will comprise of talks from accepted full-length papers, position papers, invited talks, panels, etc. Some position papers may be organized as a panel based on the nature of the topics.