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CFP: International Workshop on Security and Privacy Analytics (SPA 2015)


International Workshop on Security and Privacy Analytics (SPA 2015)
San Antonio, TX, 8:30 am – 5:45 pm, March 4, 2015
Co-located with 5th ACM CODASPY 2015 (


Increasingly, sophisticated techniques from machine
learning, data mining, statistics and natural language
processing are being applied to challenges in security and
privacy fields. However, experts from these areas have no
medium where they can meet and exchange ideas so that
strong collaborations can emerge, and cross-fertilization of
these areas can occur. Moreover, current courses and
curricula in security do not sufficiently emphasize
background in these areas and students in security and
privacy are not emerging with deep knowledge of these
topics. Hence, we are organizing a workshop that will
address the research and development efforts in which
analytical techniques from machine learning, data mining,
natural language processing and statistics are applied to
solve security and privacy challenges (“security
analytics”). Submissions of papers related to methodology,
design, techniques and new directions for security and
privacy that make significant use of machine learning, data
mining, statistics or natural language processing are
welcome. Furthermore, submissions on educational topics
and systems in the field of security analytics are also
highly encouraged. For more information about the
The workshop will focus on, but is not limited to, the
following areas:

  • Natural Language Processing for security/privacy;
  • Data Mining techniques for security/privacy;
  • Machine learning for security/privacy;
  • Statistics for security/privacy;
  • Inference Control;
  • Privacy-preserving data mining;
  • Security of machine learning;
  • Security of data mining;
  • Security of natural language processing;
  • Case studies;
  • Educational topics and courses.

The one-day workshop is planned for March 4, 2015, with
2 sessions of keynote speeches, 2 technical sessions, a
session on Security Analytics Education, and a concluding
panel discussion on future directions and essential
knowledge for security and privacy students and
professionals. The keynote speeches will be delivered by
two well-known researchers in the field. All submissions
must describe original research, not published nor
currently under review for another workshop, conference,
or journal. All papers must be submitted electronically via
the EasyChair system:
Papers must be no longer than 8 pages and in font size no
smaller than 10 points. Detailed layout guidelines except
the page length are the same as recommended in Submission implies the
willingness of at least one author to attend the workshop
and present the paper. Accepted papers will be included in
the ACM Digital Library. The presenter must register for
the workshop before the deadline for author registration.
The accepted papers will be compiled in the workshop
proceedings as either a regular paper within 8 pages or a
poster paper within 2 pages. A limited number of high
quality submissions will be selected for publication in a
special issue of a journal. Reduced registration fees will be
provided to selected participants through an NSF grant.

  • Organizing Committee
    • Stephen Huang (University of Houston)
      Organizing Committee Chair
    • Rakesh Verma (University of Houston)
      Technical Program Committee Chair
    • Wenyaw Chan (University of Texas-HSC at Houston)
      Poster Session Chair
    • Ping Chen (University of Massachusetts-Boston)
      Publicity Chair
    • Ernst Leiss (University of Houston)
      Panel Session Chair
  • Technical Program Committee
    • Wenyaw Chan (University of Texas-HSC at Houston)
    • Ping Chen (University of Massachusetts-Boston)
    • Siddhartha Dalal (AIG Research, Machine Learning Area
    • Lila Ghemri (Texas Southern University)
    • Eduard Hovy (CMU, NLP Area Chair)
    • Murat Kantarcioglu (University of Texas-Dallas, Data
      Mining Chair)
    • Ernst Leiss (University of Houston)
    • David Marchette (NSWC, Statistics Area Chair)
    • Rakesh Verma (University of Houston, TPC Chair)
    • Shouhuai Xu (University of Texas – San Antonio)
  • Important Dates
    • Paper Submission Deadline: Dec. 7, 2014, 11.59pm PDT
      (Firm deadline);
    • Acceptance Notification: Dec. 27, 2015;
    • Camera Ready: Jan. 11, 2015.
    • For more information contact: Stephen Huang at or Rakesh Verma at
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