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Call for Works in Progress

Deadline: November 7 November 9
Notification: rolling

WiP Co-Chair: Kevin Alejandro Roundy, NortonLifeLock Research Group
WiP Co-Chair: Brendan Saltaformaggio, Georgia Tech

ACSAC's virtual Works in Progress (WiP) session offers short presentations (2 minutes) of ongoing work. These presentations highlight the most current work in both business and academia, emphasizing goals and value added, accomplishments to date, and future plans. Special consideration is given to topics that discuss real life security experience, including system implementation, deployment, and lessons learned.

Because of the virtual format of the 2021 conference, WiP talks will appear in a session alongside poster submissions, and there will be no practical difference between a WiP and Poster submission, except that the creation of a poster is not required for a WiP submission.

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What should I propose a WiP on?

We are looking for Works in Progress that address just about any current security topic. We are particularly interested in Works in Progress abstracts that share real-life experiences, and discuss actual system or product implementation, deployment, and lessons learned.

If you are developing practical solutions to problems relating to protecting information technology environments, be it your country's information infrastructure or a commercial enterprise, consider submitting an abstract to the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference. This internationally recognized conference provides a forum for experts in information system security to exchange innovative ideas about solving these critical problems.

How do I submit a WiP?

WiP abstracts should be at most two pages in length and should briefly describe the objectives of the current work, any accomplishments to date, and future plans. WiP abstracts typically use similar templates to those used by ACSAC conference papers but any format is fine so long as the abstracts are submitted in PDF format. When available, a Make Submission button will appear above. Works in Progress proposals are not anonymous, so please make sure you include author information (name, affiliation, country) in your proposal. Any questions should be sent to

What happens if I get accepted?

Speakers will be expected to record themselves presenting their research in a video of at most 2-minutes in length. Talk videos will need to be sent by December 3rd, 2020 to enable conference organizers sufficient time to compile the videos for the session. At least one author will need to register for the conference, and be present during the WiP session to answer questions during the Work in Progress talk session. WiP speakers do not need to pay the "Publication Surcharge" that is requested of authors submitting technical papers. We will publish your abstract on the conference web site (under the WiP section).

How do I get more information?

For additional information regarding Works in Progress, please contact the WiP Chair.

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