ESORICS Doctoral Consortium 2017 – COINS Nordic Ph.D. Workshop

Security of emerging network technologies and critical infrastructures

The doctoral consortium will be held in Oslo, Norway, in conjunction with the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS) in September 2017, and is sponsored by the Norwegian COINS Research School of Computer and Information Security.
The Doctoral consortium intends to bring together early stage researchers within the field of information security, providing them the opportunity to communicate and explore their research fields under the guidance of distinguished researchers.
The doctoral consortium seeks to:

  • Provide experience to an extended group of Ph.D. candidates on the processes involved in the organization of academic conferences. Including: quality assurance metrics and incentives in academic research, use of conference management systems, and formal paper review and evaluation criteria.
  • Provide a setting where Ph.D. candidates can formally communicate their research results and receive feedback, both from early stage and experienced researchers.
  • Promote the exchange of experiences and the development of collaborations within the field of information security. To facilitate this objective, the program will include both oral presentations (for selected accepted papers) and a poster session with open discussion (available for all participants)
  • Provide academic stimuli by accommodating keynote speeches, both on leading research topics and scientific processes.

Call for papers

The Doctoral consortium invites submissions that present novel research contributions and results related to the security of emerging network technologies and critical infrastructures. The topics of interest include (but are not limited) to:

  • Access control
  • Applied cryptography
  • Authentication
  • Biometrics
  • Critical infrastructure resilience
  • Cyber security
  • Data integrity
  • Defense in depth
  • Digital forensics
  • Distributed systems security
  • Hardware Security
  • Information security management
  • Intrusion detection and visualization
  • Malware
  • Network security
  • Privacy and Anonymity
  • Real time monitoring and supervision
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Secure Firmware
  • Security architectures
  • Security models and metrics
  • Security policies
  • Secure communication protocols
  • Threat modeling
  • Trust management
  • Vulnerability assessment and metrics
  • Wireless security

Submitted papers must be original, unpublished, and not currently submitted to another conference or journal for consideration. Accepted papers will be presented at the doctoral consortium and included in the post-proceedings.

Revised selected papers will be published as (joint) post-proceedings in LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science).

The workshop aims to ensure high academic quality by restricting acceptance to 30-35% of submissions; based on discussions during the workshop, authors will be encouraged to incorporate additional findings and discussions in final revisions submitted for post-proceedings, subjected to a final review process by an editorial sub-committee of the programme committee.

  • All papers must be written in English.
  • The main author of the submitted paper must be a Ph.D. candidate, or former Ph.D. candidate graduating during 2017.
  • Submissions should be at most 18 pages long in total including references and appendices. (Program Committee members are not required to read the appendices, so the paper should be intelligible without them.)
  • Submission of short papers (minimum of five pages), with recent results, work in progress, and new ideas, is also encouraged.
  • Submissions should not be anonymized.
  • Authors must follow the Springer formatting instructions for the LNCS series.
  • The organizing committee will seek to maximize the number of total reviews for each submitted paper, including additional reviews by early-stage researchers.
  • At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and present the paper. The format of the presentation (oral/poster) will be announced after the notification of acceptance.
  • A best paper award will be presented to contributors that submitted the best paper appearing in the workshop proceedings, in accordance with the results of the review process.

Important dates

Submission due: 30 June 2017

Notification of acceptance: 30 July 2017

Camera-ready submission deadline: 27 August 2017

Participation in the review process.

Ph.D. candidates that are affiliated with the COINS Research School of Computer and Information Security are highly encouraged to participate in the doctoral consortium review process, either as members of the technical programme committee or as external reviewers. This will provide the opportunity to gain experience by actively participating in the paper review process, and the conditional completion of the following courses provided by NTNU:

  • NTNU: IMT6004* – COINS Workshop – 1 ECTS / Requirements:
    1. Formal review of at least three submitted papers
    2. Active participation in the doctoral consortium
    3. Presentation of own research work, either in the form of an oral presentation (for accepted papers) or in the form of a poster (otherwise)
      (*If you earlier completed IMT6004, you can register for IMT6005 or IMT6006 instead.)
  • NTNU: IMT6251 – Quality in Academic Research – 5 ECTS / Requirements:
    Ph.D. students reviewing papers can potentially get this activity recognized as part of the IMT6251 “Quality in Academic Research” course offered by NTNU. Enrolment would need to be discussed with the candidate’s supervisor.

**PhD candidates that are not affiliated with COINS and wish to participate in the TPC, with the opportunity to be admitted in the aforementioned courses, are welcomed and encouraged to contact the organizing committee.
*** COINS will cover registration, travel and accommodation expenses for COINS members that participate in the doctoral consortium while completing one of the courses and who do not have a paper accepted in ESORICS or one of the conjunct workshops.

Organizing committee

General chairs

Vasileios Gkioulos, COINS

Hanno Langweg, COINS

Sokratis Katsikas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Technical programme committee

Chair: Stephen D. Wolthusen, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

A Min Tjoa, TU Wien
Aggeliki Tsohou, Ionian University
Aikaterini Mitrokotsa, Chalmers University of Technology
Antorweep Chakravorty, University of Stavanger
Boning Feng, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Carmen Fernández-Gago, University of Malaga
Carsten Rudolph, Monash University
Catherine Meadows, NRL
Chris Mitchell, Royal Holloway University of London
Christian Johansen, University of Oslo
Christian Rohner, Uppsala University
Christos Kalloniatis, University of the Aegean
Christos Xenakis, University of Piraeus
Chunlei Li, University of Bergen
Costas Lambrinoudakis, University of Piraeus
David Chadwick, University of Kent
Dogan Kesdogan, Universität Regensburg
Edgar Weippl, SBA Research
Eduardo B. Fernandez, Florida Atlantic University
Geir M. Køien, University of Agder
Giampaolo Bella, Università di Catania
Günther Pernul, Universität Regensburg
Habtamu Abie, NR – Norwegian Computing Center
Hannes Federrath, University of Hamburg
Hanno Langweg, HTWG Konstanz and NTNU
Haralambos Mouratidis, University of Brighton
Håvard Raddum, Simula Research Laboratories
Hervé Debar, Télécom SudParis
Isaac Agudo,  NICS at University of Malaga
Javier Lopez, University of Malaga
Jianying Zhou, Singapore University of Technology and Design
Joachim Posegga, University of Passau
Jürgen Fuß, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Luca Viganò, King’s College London
Maria Karyda, University of the Aegean
Martin Boldt, Blekinge Institute of Technology
Martin Steffen, University of Oslo
Nathan Clarke, University of Plymouth
Nils Nordbotten, FFI
Nora Cuppens-Boulahia, Telecom Bretagne
Olaf Owe, Universitity of Oslo
Olivier Markowitch, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Øyvind Ytrehus, University of Bergen
Panagiotis Rizomiliotis, University of the Aegean
Pavlos Efraimidis, Democritus University of Thrace
Peter Ölveczky, University of Oslo
Peter Y.A.Ryan, University of Luxembourg
Roberto Di Pietro, Bell Labs
Rodrigo Roman, University of Malaga
Rolf Oppliger, eSECURITY Technologies
Roman Vitenberg, University of Oslo
Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati, Università degli Studi di Milano
Sara Foresti, Università degli Studi di Milano
Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University
Sokratis Katsikas, NTNU
Spyros Kokolakis, University of the Aegean
Stefano Paraboschi, Universita di Bergamo
Stefanos Gritzalis, University of the Aegean
Stephanie Teufel, University of Fribourg and iimt
Steven Furnell, Plymouth University
Tomasz Wiktorski, University of Stavanger
Tor Helleseth, University of Bergen
Vasileios Gkioulos, NTNU
Vladimir Oleshchuk, University of Agder
Willy Susilo, University of Wollongong


The doctoral consortium envisions to have two keynote speeches on contemporary research and academic topics, a paper presentation session and a poster/open discussion session (both for accepted papers and relevant research topics.)

A detailed programme will be announced after the paper acceptance deadline.

Tentative schedule

Session 1: Introcution and keynote

Session 2: Presentations

Session 3: Presentations

Session 4: Keynote and poster session