An Interactive Workshop on the Human aspects of Smarthome Security and Privacy (WSSP) Call for Papers 

August 12, 2018 at Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, MD

Co-located with the 14th Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security and 27th USENIX Security Symposium

Smarthome security and privacy is an emerging topic and it has been drawing growing attention during recent years. Computer security and privacy for Smarthome is both fundamentally important and fundamentally challenging. It is important because security and privacy lapses in Smarthome devices can cause not only cultural and financial, but real physical harms to people, their pets, and their environments. It is challenging because of the technical properties of Smarthome devices (the “technical element”) and because of the complex issues that arise when designing technologies for a diverse collection of stakeholders (the “human element”). During that past years, extensive progress in addressing technical challenges in this area has been done, but there are still fundamental human-related challenges which are worthy to focus. Therefore, this workshop focuses specifically on computer security and privacy at the intersection of human factors of smarthome devises. For instance, enhancing usable security to improve the security and privacy properties of existing smathome technologies.


All dates are at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time:

  • Workshop paper submission deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Workshop paper acceptance notification to authors: Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Workshop pre-proceedings versions due: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • Distribution of pre-proceedings accepted papers: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
  • Assigning accepted papers to sessions: Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Workshop date: Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Workshop post-proceedings versions due: Friday, August 24, 2018

This is the first workshop on the Human aspects of Smarthome Security and Privacy. The main focus of this event is exploring and addressing computer security and privacy challenges at the intersection of human factors of smarthome devices. This is a highly interactive workshop for engaging in discussion and in collaborative activities to explore critical challenges and proposed solutions in this area. In addition, the discussions and collaborations during the workshop can help authors to enhance the final version of their papers before these are developed into post-workshop proceedings.


Topics of interest in smarthome security and privacy include (but are not limited to):

  • Security and privacy by design
  • Psychology of security, privacy, and risk
  • Social influences on security and privacy decision-making
  • Peer production or collaborative management of security and privacy
  • Usable security and privacy including theoretical, empirical, implementations, and analyses
  • Acceptability of security and privacy enhancing technologies
  • Human vulnerabilities
  • Contextual security and privacy
  • Privacy enhancing technologies

This workshop invites position papers, works in progress, and extended abstracts. Reviewing of the submitted papers is double blind and submitted papers should avoid revealing the authors’ identities in the text. The submissions should pose at least one and up to three challenge questions in the area of “Human aspects of Smarthome Security and Privacy”. Submissions may be at most 3 pages excluding references and appendices. First, pre-proceedings, and final post-proceedings versions of the papers should be in two-column SOUPS format. Currently, the final (post-proceedings) versions of position papers are expected to be up to 5 pages.

Each submission will be discussed in a collaborative session.  By proposing a submission, the authors commit that at least one will attend the event and that person is willing to serve as a discussant on another paper. Each accepted submission will be briefly presented by a discussant who is not its author.  All submissions papers will be available to all authors at least one month before the workshop date to provide sufficient time for discussants to prepare.​


Papers must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf) and must be submitted at the following link:


  • Fattaneh Bayatbabolghani, Indiana University-Bloomington
  • L. Jean Camp, Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Earlence Fernandes, University of Washington
  • Ryan Henry, Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Tadayoshi Kohno, University of Washington
  • Shwetak Patel, University of Washington

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