Call for Papers

Usable Security (USEC'07)

February 15-16, 2007
Lowlands, Scarborough, Trinidad/Tobago

A workshop co-located with
The Eleventh Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security (FC'07)

Submissions Due Date EXTENDED: November 12, 2006, 11:59pm, PST

Some of the most challenging problems in designing and maintaining secure systems involve human factors. A great deal remains to be understood about users' capabilities and motivations to perform security tasks. Usability problems have been at the root of many widely reported security failures in high-stakes financial, commercial and voting applications.

USEC'07 seeks submissions of novel research from academia and industry on all theoretical and practical aspects of usable security in the context of finance and commerce. The workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners, allowing experts in human-computer interaction, cryptography, data security and public policy to explore emerging problems and solutions.

Program Chair: Rachna Dhamija, Harvard University

Program Committee:
Ross Anderson, University of Cambridge
Steven Bellovin, Columbia University
Dan Boneh, Stanford University
Simson Garfinkel, Harvard University
Raquel Hill, Indiana University
Jason Hong, Carnegie Mellon University
Burt Kaliski, RSA Security and RSA Laboratories
Robert Miller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Andrew Patrick, National Research Council Canada
Angela Sasse, University College London
Dan Schutzer, Financial Services Technology Consortium
Sean Smith, Dartmouth College
J. D. Tygar, U.C. Berkeley
Paul van Oorschot, Carleton University
Tara Whalen, Dalhousie University
Ka-Ping Yee, U.C. Berkeley

General Chair: Stuart Schechter, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Submission Categories

USEC'07 invites submissions in three categories: (1) research papers, (2) abstracts and demos, and (3) working sessions. For all accepted submissions, at least one author must attend the conference and present the work.

Research Papers

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Research paper submissions should be at most 12 pages, excluding bibliography and appendices (appendices may include usability study materials and data).

Accepted submissions will appear both in a pre-proceedings, available at the workshop, and in a formal proceedings. After receiving feedback from the workshop, authors will have the opportunity to revise their papers before submitting a camera-ready draft for the final proceedings. Papers must be submitted electronically through the conference submission website.

Abstracts and Demos

Submissions in this category should consist of a short summary of work (1-3 pages in length) to be reviewed by the Program Committee, along with a short biography of the presenters. Accepted submissions will be presented at the conference, and a one-page abstract will be published in the conference proceedings. Where appropriate, software or hardware demonstrations are encouraged as part of the presentations in these sessions. Abstracts and Demos must be submitted electronically through the conference submission website.

Working Sessions

We are soliciting topics for working sessions at the intersection of usability, security, finance and commerce. Working sessions will explore topics in depth with significant paricipation from audience members. Proposals for working sessions should include the proposed topic, format (e.g., panel of invited experts, moderated discussion session, design exercises), prospective participants, time required and a plan for engaging participation from audience members. Proposals may be submitted via the conference submission website or emailed to the Program Chair, rachna [at]

Paper Submission Instructions

Abstract and Research Paper submissions must be formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For complete details, see Springer's Author Instructions.

Papers must be submitted electronically through the conference submission website. Papers must be submitted in PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) format. Papers will not be accepted in any other format.

Questions about conference submissions should be directed to the Program Chair at rachna [at]


The USEC'07 Proceedings are under evaluation for publication by Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

Important Dates:

Paper Submission:   November 12, 2006 (EXTENDED)
Author Notification:   December 15, 2006
Camera-ready for Pre-Proceedings:   January 15, 2007
FC'07 Dates:   February 12-15, 2007
USEC'07 Dates:   February 15-16, 2007
Camera-ready for Final Proceedings:   March 15, 2007