Call for Papers SPIMACS

Security and Privacy in Medical and Home-Care Systems
Hyatt Regency Chicago
An ACM CCS Affiliated Workshop
13 November 2009

Call for Papers

Deadline Extended -- Papers Accepted Until June 15!

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Call for papers for the first Security and Privacy in Medical and Home-Care Systems Workshop. The acronym is SPIMACS, pronounced spy max. The goal of the proposed workshop is to bring together a range of computer and social scientists to develop a more complete understanding of the interaction of individuals and computer security technologies as they are associated with critical care, continuing care and monitoring of the frail. The goals include but go beyond traditional vulnerability and usability critiques to include evaluations of use of security technologies in homes and in health care. The Health Information Technology for Economic Clinical Health Act, signed on 2/17/09, brings this issue strongly to the fore.

The defined domain of the home includes a wide range of devices from powerful broadband-connected desktop machines to embedded sensors for specialized applications. There are unique dimensions to security when computing occurs in the home: the importance of location privacy when location is equivalent to identification; unique usability targets including children and elders; a complete lack of IT staff and possible support; requirements for strong authentication in the home with the potential requirement for strong anonymity outside the home; and mobility requirements that ranging from constantly at rest to always in motion. Examples of unique security challenges include defense against traffic analysis with medium latency requirements for physical security or some cases of medical monitoring, or sensor networks that need to be managed (and be made trustworthy) by naïve users.

These challenges are compounded when the technology in the home is for the purpose of monitoring for medical purposes. Vulnerable populations can be made more independent by the adoption of ubicomp, AI, social technologies, and digital, networked living assistance. But ill-considered systems can create new risks. Medical monitoring and home monitoring of vulnerable populations create unique security and privacy risks in design and application.

SPIMACS (pronounced spy-max) seeks to bring together the people and expertise that will be required to address the challenges of securing the intimate digital spaces of the most vulnerable. Therefore the scope of this workshop includes but is not uniquely limited to:

  • usable security
  • usable privacy technologies, particularly for the physically or cognitively impaired
  • home-based wireless network security
  • security in specialized application for the home, e.g. medical or physical security monitoring
  • authentication in the home environment
  • security and anonymization of home-centric data on the network
  • usable security for unique populations, e.g. elders, children, or the ill
  • privacy and security evaluation mechanisms for home environments
  • security in home-based sensor networks
  • medical and spatial privacy
  • privacy-aware medical devices
  • privacy-enhanced medical search
  • analyses of in-home and medical systems
  • attacks on medical devices
  • threat analyses or attacks on medical or home data
  • novel applications of cryptography to medical or intimate data

We invite talks emphasizing unique security challenges, innovative technologies, and reconsidered threat models. We also invite papers which analyze the use of technologies at home, the challenges of design targeted at a population with cognitive decline, design for the disable with a focus on medical and home support when these projects have a primary or at least significant focus on privacy and security. Papers explaining the data constraints and controls on data from policy, ethical or legal perspectives are also welcome.

Important Dates:

Submissions due June 12 , 2009
Notification of acceptance August 16, 2009
Final papers due August 25, 2009
Workshop 13 November 2009 (immediately following the 16th ACM CCS)

For format instruction for technical contributions please comply with the format suggested by ACM CCS

Please that there is a Word template available at http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates. For those unused to this format, the largest number of words feasible with this format is roughly 20,000 with few headings, no tables or figure. It is oft closer to 10,000. Submissions for this workshop will use EasyChair.


Jean Camp

Program Committee
Steve Bellovin
Thomas S. Heydt-Benjamin
Pam Briggs
Jon Callas
Piotr Cofta
Kay Connelly
Elena Ferrari
Allan Friedman
Kevin Fu
Ben Greenstein
Jeffrey Hunker
Harry Hochheiser
Eric Johnson
Adam Joinson
Javed Mostafa
Helen Nissenbaum
David Phillips
Angela Sasse
Avi Rubin
Umesh Shankar
Wook Shin
Sean Smith
Haixu Tang
XiaoFeng Wang




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