CfPs: Fifth International Workshop on Privacy Engineering (IWPE'19)

February 1, 2019

Call For Papers: Fifth International Workshop on Privacy Engineering (IWPE'19) co-located with the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy May 23, 2019 - Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA


Deadline of abstract submission:   January 30, 2019
Deadline of paper submission:      February 3, 2019
Notification of acceptance:        February 23, 2019
Accepted Paper camera ready:       March 3, 2019

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 5th International Workshop on Privacy Engineering (IWPE'19).

Ongoing news reports regarding global surveillance programs, massive personal data breaches in corporate databases, and notorious examples of personal tragedies due to privacy violations have intensified societal demands for privacy-friendly systems. In response, current legislative and standardization processes worldwide aim to strengthen individual’s privacy by introducing legal, organizational and technical frameworks that personal data collectors and processors must follow.

However, in practice, these initiatives alone are not enough to guarantee that organizations and software developers will be able to identify and adopt appropriate privacy engineering techniques in their daily practices. It is also difficult to systematically evaluate whether the systems developed comply with legal frameworks, provide necessary technical assurances, and fulfill users’ privacy requirements. It is evident that research is needed in developing techniques and tools that can aid the translation of legal and normative concepts, as well as user expectations into systems requirements. Furthermore, methods that can support organizations and engineers in developing systems that address these requirements are of increasing value.

In this context, privacy engineering research is emerging as an important topic. Engineers are increasingly expected to build and maintain privacy-preserving and data-protection compliant systems in domains such as health, energy, transportation, social computing, law enforcement, public services; based on different infrastructures such as cloud, grid, or mobile. While there is a consensus on the benefits of an engineering approach to privacy, concrete proposals for models, methods, techniques and tools that support engineers and organizations in this endeavor are few and in need of immediate attention.

To cover this gap, the topics of the International Workshop on Privacy Engineering (IWPE'19) focus on all the aspects of privacy engineering, ranging from its theoretical foundations, engineering approaches, and support infrastructures, to its practical application in projects of different scale. Specifically, we are seeking the following kinds of papers:

(1) technical papers that illustrate the engineering or application of a novel formalism, method or other research finding (e.g., a privacy enhancing protocol) with preliminary evaluation;
(2) experience and practice papers that describe a case study, challenge or lessons learned from in a specific domain;
(3) early evaluations of tools and other infrastructure that support privacy-related tasks;
(4) interdisciplinary studies or critical reviews of existing privacy engineering concepts, methods, tools and frameworks;
(5) vision papers that take a clear position informed by evidence based on a thorough literature review.

IWPE’19 welcomes papers that focus on novel solutions on the recent 
developments in the general area of privacy engineering. Topics of 
interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Integrating law and policy compliance into the development process
  • Privacy impact assessment during software development
  • Privacy risk management models
  • Privacy breach recovery Methods
  • Technical standards, heuristics and best practices for privacy engineering
  • Privacy engineering in technical standards
  • Privacy requirements elicitation and analysis methods
  • User privacy and data protection requirements
  • Management of privacy requirements with other system requirements
  • Privacy requirements elicitation and analysis techniques
  • Privacy engineering strategies and design patterns
  • Privacypreserving architectures
  • Privacy engineering and databases, services, and the cloud
  • Privacy engineering in networks
  • Engineering techniques for fairness, transparency, and privacy in databases 
  • Privacy engineering in the context of interaction design and usability
  • Privacy testing and evaluation methods
  • Validation and verification of privacy requirements
  • Privacy Engineering and design
  • Engineering Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs)
  • Integration of PETs into systems
  • Models and approaches for the verification of privacy properties
  • Tools and formal languages supporting privacy engineering
  • Teaching and training privacy engineering
  • Adaptations of privacy engineering into specific software development 
  • processes
  • Pilots and realworld applications
  • Evaluation of privacy engineering methods, technologies and tools
  • Privacy engineering and accountability
  • Privacy engineering and business processes
  • Privacy engineering and manageability of data in (large) enterprises

This topic list is not meant to be exhaustive; since IWPE'19 is interested in all aspects of privacy engineering. However, to screen out off-topic papers early in the review process, we request authors to submit an abstract prior to their paper submission. Abstracts of papers without a clear application to privacy engineering will be considered outside the scope of this workshop and may be rejected.


We solicit unpublished short position papers (up to 4 pages) and long papers reporting technical, research or industry experience (up to 8 
pages) on all dimensions of the privacy engineering domain. Each paper, written in English, must follow IEEE Proceedings format.
Authors must submit a short abstract prior to the paper submission. This abstract is aimed at 1) helping organizers understand whether the paper 
is on-topic early in the review process; and, 2) allowing reviewers to choose their preferred manuscripts in advance of the paper submission.
Submission of a paper should be regarded as an undertaking that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will attend the 
workshop to present the paper. All papers must be submitted via EasyChair at
All IWPE'19 papers will be published in IEEE eXplore, which is indexed by EI Engineering Index, ISI Conference Proceedings Citation Index 
(CPCI-S), Scopus etc.

If you have any questions regarding IWPE'19, please contact

IWPE’19 Organizing Committee
    Jose M. del Alamo
    Aleksandra Korolova
    Jose M. Such
    Borja Balle

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