Call for Papers


The explosive expansion of our information ecology, from online social networks to Internet of Things, from e-health to smart cities, makes everyday individuals producers of massive trails of data, sometimes voluntarily and other times unconsciously. These data contain a gold mine of knowledge for businesses and consumers alike, but also reveal rich personal information or sensitive knowledge of their individual contributors or organizational owners, causing significant privacy concerns.

Yet, we know very little about this complex “privacy ecosystem” around individuals, organizations, and data. To enable privacy-aware computing paradigms with responsible data practices, it is important to understand the roles, responsibilities and motivations of all parties involved in the ecosystem, study their collaborative or combative relationships, and identify the design frontiers of technological, social, legal, managerial, and organizational solutions.

The existing research on information privacy is arguably balkanized across several disciplines, from computer security/privacy to data science, from psychology to sociology, from computer-human interaction to management information systems. The 2018 IEEE Symposium on Privacy-Aware Computing (PAC) brings together experts across these communities to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on related research. As such, we invite research on both the technological development of privacy enhancements and the usage of quantitative/qualitative social scientific methodologies to study and validate theories about privacy. Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Differential privacy
  • Economics of privacy
  • Location privacy
  • Managerial practices and organizational policies on privacy
  • Privacy in smart and connected health
  • Privacy in smart cities
  • Privacy in the Internet of Things
  • Privacy on social media
  • Societal, legal, and ethical issues in privacy
  • Theoretical and empirical study of privacy concerns and behavior
  • Usability and adoption of privacy-enhancing technologies

To accommodate the different publishing practices of conferences in computer science and other disciplines, we afford the authors of each accepted paper the flexibility to choose, after the acceptance of the paper, whether to include the full paper, an extended abstract, or an abstract in the conference proceedings. The conference registration fee will be adjusted according to the publication preferences of the authors.

Paper Submission

Form of Manuscript: All submissions should follow the IEEE 8.5” x 11” two-column format. Each full-paper submission can have up to 12 pages with 10pt font or larger. If the paper is accepted for publication, up to 2 extra pages may be purchased for the camera-ready version. We are also calling for Work-in-Progress (WiP) papers that describe new ideas and early-stage work. Each WiP papers should be at most 2-page long with the IEEE format, 10pt font.
Electronic Submission:

Poster Submission

Submission of the Poster is available by email:

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: 04/30/2018 5/14/2018 (11:59 pm AoE, Monday)
  • Notification: 06/30/2018 07/07/2018
  • Camera-Ready Submission Date: 07/20/2018
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