14th ACM Workshop on
Artificial Intelligence and Security
November 15, 2021 — Virtual Event
co-located with the 28th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security
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Call for Papers

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: June 29 July 26, 2021, 11:59 PM (AoE, UTC-12)
  • Reviews released: August 4 August 26, 2021
  • Author response due: August 9 September 03, 2021
  • Acceptance notification: August 12 September 07, 2021
  • Camera ready due: August 30 September 20, 2021 (hard deadline)
  • Workshop: November 15, 2021


Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data mining to security and privacy problems. The use of AI and ML in security-sensitive domains, in which adversaries may attempt to mislead or evade intelligent machines, creates new frontiers for security research. The recent widespread adoption of deep learning techniques, whose security properties are difficult to reason about directly, has only added to the importance of this research. The AISec workshop, now in its 14th year, is the leading venue for presenting and discussing new developments in the intersection of security and privacy with AI and machine learning.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Theoretical topics related to security

  • Adversarial learning
  • Security of deep learning systems
  • Robust statistics
  • Learning in games
  • Economics of security
  • Differential privacy

Security applications

  • Computer forensics
  • Spam detection
  • Phishing detection and prevention
  • Botnet detection
  • Intrusion detection and response
  • Malware identification and analysis
  • Data anonymization/de-anonymization
  • Security in social networks
  • Big data analytics for security
  • User authentication

Security-related AI problems

  • Distributed inference and decision making for security
  • Secure multiparty computation and cryptographic approaches
  • Privacy-preserving data mining
  • Adaptive side-channel attacks
  • Design and analysis of CAPTCHAs
  • AI approaches to trust and reputation
  • Vulnerability testing through intelligent probing (e.g. fuzzing)
  • Content-driven security policy management & access control
  • Techniques and methods for generating training and test sets
  • Anomalous behavior detection (e.g. for the purpose of fraud detection)
  • Model confidentiality

Submission Guidelines

We invite the following types of papers:

  • Original research papers on any topic in the intersection of AI or machine learning with security, privacy, or related areas.
  • Position and open-problem papers discussing the relationship of AI or machine learning to security or privacy. Submitted papers of this type may not substantially overlap with papers that have been published previously or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or conference/workshop proceedings.
  • Systematization-of-knowledge papers, which should distill the AI or machine learning contributions of a previously-published series of security papers.

The authors can specify the paper type in the submission form. Paper submissions must be at most 10 pages in double-column ACM format, excluding the bibliography and well-marked appendices, and at most 12 pages overall. Papers should be in LaTeX and we recommend using the ACM format. This format is required for the camera-ready version. Please follow the main CCS formatting instructions (except with page limits as described above). In particular, we recommend using the sigconf template, which can be downloaded from https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template. Accepted papers will be published by the ACM Digital Library and/or ACM Press. Committee members are not required to read the appendices, so the paper should be intelligible without them. Submissions must be in English and properly anonymized.

Submission Site

Submission link: https://aisec2021.hotcrp.com.

All accepted submissions will be presented at the workshop and included in the ACM workshop proceedings.

One author of each accepted paper is required to attend the workshop and present the paper for it to be included in the proceedings.

Best Paper Award

As in the previous editions of this workshop, we would honor outstanding contributions. To this end, we will award the best paper. The best paper will be selected by the reviewers among all the submitted papers.

In the previous edition, Edward Raff, Richard Zak, Gary Lopez Munoz (Booz Allen Hamilton); William Fleming (U.S. Navy); Hyrum Anderson (Microsoft); Bobby Filar (Elastic); Charles Nicholas (University of Maryland Baltimore County); James Holt (Laboratory for Physical Sciences) were awarded the 2020 AISec Best Paper Award for their work on “Automatic Yara Rule Generation Using Biclustering”.


Workshop Chairs

Steering Committee

Program Committee

  • Armin Wasicek, Avast Inc; Technical University Vienna
  • Bobby Filar, Elastic
  • Brad Miller, Google
  • Clarence Chio, UC Berkley
  • Davide Maiorca, University of Cagliari
  • Edward Raff, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Erwin Quiring, TU Braunschweig
  • Fabio Pierazzi, King's College London
  • Gang Wang, University of Illinois
  • Hyrum Anderson, Microsoft
  • Ilia Shumailov, University of Cambridge
  • Konrad Rieck, TU Braunschweig
  • Lei Ma, University of Alberta
  • Lorenzo Cavallaro, University College London
  • Luis Muñoz-González, Imperial College London
  • Markus Duermuth, Ruhr Uni­ver­si­ty Bo­chum
  • Milenko Drinic, Microsoft
  • Pavel Laskov, University of Liechtenstein
  • Pratyusa K. Manadhata, Facebook
  • Sagar Samtani, Indiana University
  • Sam Bretheim, Craigslist
  • Scott Coull, FireEye
  • Weilin Xu, Intel Labs
  • Shiqi Wang, Columbia University
  • Kexin Pei, Columbia University
  • Tianhao Wang, Caniege Mellon University
  • Matthew Jagielski, Northeastern University
  • Yacin Nadji, Corelight Inc
  • Sanghyun Hong, University of Maryland
  • Florian Tramèr, Stanford
  • Maura Pintor, University of Cagliari
  • Luca Demetrio, University of Cagliari
  • Kathrin Grosse, University of Cagliari
  • Yang Zhang, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
  • Feargus Pendlebury, King’s College London and ICSI; UC Berkeley
  • Daniel Arp, Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Francesco Croce, University of Tübingen
  • Giovanni Apruzzese, University of Liechtenstein
  • Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, IMDEA Networks Institute and King’s College London
  • Christian Wressnegger, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Benjamin M. Ampel, The University of Arizona
  • Eric Wong, MIT