Individualized Cybersecurity Research Mentoring (iMentor) Workshop 2023

Date: November 26th, 2023 (ACM CCS pre-conference workshop)

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark


Daphne Yao (Virginia Tech)

Elisa Bertino (Purdue University)

Bhavani Thuraisingham (UT Dallas)

We will hold the iMentor workshop in 2023 again, as an ACM CCS pre-conference workshop.

In 2020 and 2021, iMentor successfully co-located with the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS) virtually. In 2020, the multi-day mentoring workshop attracted around 50 attendees, including 24 student mentees from all around the world, referred to as the inaugural iMentor cohort. The full workshop program, including multiple keynotes and a panel can be found here. Details of the 2021 workshop can be found here.

What is iMentor? 

The iMentor Workshop focuses squarely on attracting, mentoring, and career advising early-stage graduate students from underrepresented communities who want to pursue a career in computer security. The workshop provides an opportunity for attendees to also participate in the main ACM CCS conference and benefit from it. ACM CCS is a top-tier venue for the quick and wide dissemination of cutting-edge research results in computer and communications security.

The workshop is specifically geared toward the participation of early-stage graduate students who are females or other underrepresented minorities in cybersecurity. Selected iMentor participants, i.e., the iMentor cohort, will have an opportunity to be mentored one-on-one by senior graduate students, faculty, and researchers, and engineers from the industry during the workshop and the main ACM CCS conference. iMentor workshops are funded by the NSF SaTC program.