ACM SIGSAC 14th Workshop on Programming Languages and Analysis for Security (PLAS 2019)

Friday November 15, 2019 - London, UK
(Co-located with ACM CCS 2019)

PLAS provides a forum for exploring and evaluating the use of programming language and program analysis techniques for promoting security in the complete range of software systems, from compilers to machine learnt models. The workshop encourages proposals of new, speculative ideas, evaluations of new or known techniques in practical settings, and discussions of emerging threats and problems. We also host position papers that are radical, forward-looking, and lead to lively and insightful discussions influential to the future research at the intersection of programming languages and security.

The scope of PLAS includes, but is not limited to:

  • *NEW THIS YEAR*: Programming language techniques and verification applied to security in other domains (e.g. adversarial learning)
  • Compiler-based security mechanisms (e.g. security type systems) or runtime-based security mechanisms (e.g. inline reference monitors)
  • Program analysis techniques for discovering security vulnerabilities
  • Automated introduction and/or verification of security enforcement mechanisms
  • Language-based verification of security properties in software, including verification of cryptographic protocols
  • Specifying and enforcing security policies for information flow and access control
  • Model-driven approaches to security
  • Security concerns for Web programming languages
  • Language design for security in new domains such as cloud computing and IoT
  • Applications, case studies, and implementations of these techniques

Invited Speakers

Véronique Cortier

(LORIA Laboratory)

Electronic voting: a journey to verifiability and vote privacy

Véronique Cortier is CNRS research director at Loria (Nancy, France). In 2003, she received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, from which she graduated. Her research focuses on formal verification of security protocols, in particular e-voting, using formal techniques such as first order logic or rewriting. She has co-authored more than 80 publications on these topics. In 2010, she was awarded an ERC starting grant and in 2015, she received the INRIA - Académie des Sciences young researcher award.

Deepak Garg

(Max Planck Institute for Software Systems)

On the equivalence of fine-grained and coarse-grained mechanisms for information flow control

Deepak Garg is a tenured faculty member at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Germany. His primary interests are in programming languages and foundations of computer security, but he also works on prototyping and experimenting with secure systems. In recent years, his work has won distinguished paper awards at leading conferences like POPL, OOPSLA and CSF. Deepak has a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.


Sponsorship opportunities are available. See the call for sponsors for more information.

Call for Papers

We invite both full papers and short papers. For short papers we especially encourage the submission of position papers that are likely to generate lively discussion.

  • Full papers should be at most 11 pages long, plus as many pages as needed for references and appendices. Papers in this category are expected to have relatively mature content. Full paper presentations will be 25 minutes each.
  • Short papers should be at most 5 pages long, plus as many pages as needed for references. Papers that present radical, open-ended and forward-looking ideas are particularly welcome in this category, as are papers presenting preliminary and exploratory work. Authors submitting papers in this category must prepend the phrase "Short Paper:" to the title of the submitted paper. Short paper presentations will be 15 minutes each.

Submissions should be PDF documents typeset in the ACM proceedings format using 10pt fonts. A SIGPLAN-approved template can be found at SIGPLAN Author Information. We recommend using this template.

Both full and short papers must describe work not published in other refereed venues (see the SIGPLAN republication policy for more details). Accepted papers will appear in workshop proceedings, which will be distributed to the workshop participants and be available in the ACM Digital Library.

Submissions can be made via Easychair.

Important Dates

Paper submission:
   Monday July 1, 2019 (AoE). EXTENDED: Monday July 8, 2019 (AoE) FINAL EXTENSION: Wednesday July 17 (AoE) (Abstract Only);
   Friday July 5, 2019 (AoE). EXTENDED: Friday July 12, 2019 (AoE) FINAL EXTENSION: Friday, July 19 (AoE) (Paper)
Author notification: Friday August 9, 2019
Camera ready version: Friday August 23, 2019 (AoE)
Workshop date: Friday November 15, 2019

Program Committee

Eleanor Birrell

(Pomona College)

Fraser Brown

(Stanford University)

Stephen Chong

(Harvard University)

Nate Foster

(Cornell University)

Klaus von Gleissenthall

(University of California, San Diego)

Leonidas Lampropoulos

(University of Maryland, College Park)

Piotr Mardziel

(Carnegie Mellon University, Co-Chair)

Annabelle McIver

(Macquarie University)

Corina Pasareanu

(NASA Ames)

Aseem Rastogi

(Microsoft Research India)

Marco Vassena

(CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security)

Niki Vazou

(IMDEA Software, Co-Chair)

Previous Meetings

PLAS 2018, Toronto, Canada
PLAS 2017, Dallas, TX, USA
PLAS 2016, Vienna, Austria
PLAS 2015, Prague, Czech Republic
PLAS 2014, Uppsala, Sweden
PLAS 2013, Seattle, Washington
PLAS 2012, Beijing, China
PLAS 2011, San Jose, California
PLAS 2010, Toronto, Canada
PLAS 2009, Dublin, Ireland
PLAS 2008, Tucson, Arizona
PLAS 2007, San Diego, California
PLAS 2006, Ottawa, Canada

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