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.


To register for the workshop, please visit the SOUPS registration page.

Once you have created an account (or signed into your account), be sure to select the WSSP workshop:


Our goal is to make WSSP a highly interactive workshop – a workshop that can help all attendees, including both authors of papers and non-authors – refine their own and others’ research directions and, ultimately, positively impact the human experience surrounding security, privacy, and smarthome technologies. The agenda is structured to maximize creative, research-enhancing discussions among participants.

Below is the workshop agenda, as well as PDF copies of the pre-proceedings versions of each paper. Each paper is short – a few pages long. To facilitate our interactive workshop goals, we ask attendees to read all position papers before the workshop.

A discussant (non-author) will present each paper, and then the discussant and session chairs and others will lead discussions inspired by the paper(s) in the session.

2:00-2:30pm: Introductions and Workshop Overview

2:30-3:15pm: Session 1: Challenges

The following paper will be presented by a discussant for 5 minutes, and then a broad discussion of challenges will follow. The discussion will be inspired by this paper, but can cover a broader range of challenges and related topics.

  • Title: Security for the Collective Reality of the Smart Home  
    Authors: Ross Koppel (University of Pennsylvania), Jim Blythe (Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California), Vijay Kothari (Dartmouth College), Sean W. Smith (Dartmouth College)

3:15-3:30pm: Break (we encourage continued discussion)

3:30-4:15pm: Session 2: Privacy

The following papers will be presented by discussants, for 5 minutes each, and then a broad discussion of privacy will follow. The discussion will be inspired by these papers, but can cover a broader range of privacy-related topics.

4:15-4:30pm: Break (we encourage continued discussion)

4:30-5:15pm: Session 3: Authentication

The following papers will be presented, for 5 minutes each, and then a broad discussion of authentication will follow. The discussion will be inspired by these papers, but can cover a broader range of privacy-related topics.

5:15-5:30pm: Concluding Discussions


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 31, 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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