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Title: Who are you?!  Adventures in Authentication

Workshop to be held at the Twelfth Symposium on Usable Privacy and 
Security - SOUPS 2016
When: June 22, 2016
Where: Denver, CO


Important Dates:
- Workshop paper submission deadline: Monday, May 16, 2016
- Notification of workshop paper acceptance: Friday, May 27, 2016
- Camera ready workshop papers due: Sunday, June 5, 2016
- Workshop date: June 22, 2016


Authentication, or the act of proving that someone is who they claim to 
be, is a cornerstone of security. As more time is spent using computers, 
authentication is becoming both more common and increasingly important. 
Users must authenticate to prove their identity to maintain a continuous 
presence with a wide variety of computing services. 

Our most common method of authentication continues to be based on the 
assumption of a person using a desktop computer and keyboard, or a person 
authenticating to their mobile phone -- what Bill Buxton has referred to 
as the "missionary position": one user and one computer face-to-face - no 
other position allowed. More recently, mobile devices have opened up new 
possibilities based on a variety of gestures and biometrics. 

There has been an implicit assumption that the effort of authenticating, 
both in terms of elapsed time, user actions, cognitive load and impact on 
a user's primary task, will be amortized over a relatively long lifetime 
of the authenticated session with the system, application or service. As 
computing moves into new environments, including mobile and embedded 
systems, these assumptions may no longer be valid.

In the era of mobile, embedded and ubiquitous computing, the time for each 

interaction with a device, application or service is becoming much 
briefer.  The user’s primary task may be tending to a patient, driving a 
car, operating heavy machinery, or interacting with friends and colleagues 

via mobile apps.  Due to the nature of user interaction in these new 
computing environments, and new threat models, methods of authenticating 
are needed that are both robust, easy to use, and minimize impact on the 
user's primary task.  The time / cost of authentication needs to be 
commensurate with the level of engagement with these kinds of systems and 

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers and 
practitioners to share experiences, concerns, and ideas about known and 
new authentication techniques. We are interested in discussing methods of 
evaluating the impact and usability of various authentication techniques, 
and ideas about novel authentication techniques that are secure, robust 
and usable.

Target Audience:

Researchers and practitioners interested in the topics outlined below. We 
expect that researchers from both industry and academia will find relevant 

material in the workshop.

Topics of interest for this workshop include:

- Surveys and comparisons of known authentication techniques
- Novel metrics or comparisons of metrics for authentication strength 
- Empirical evaluations of authentication techniques, including 
performance, accuracy, and the impact of authentication on a user’s 
primary task
- New authentication techniques that target emerging computing 
environments such as mobile and embedded systems
- Approaches (including protocols) that enable weak authentication schemes 

to be more robust
- Existing authentication techniques applied in new environments or usage 
- Novel approaches to the design and evaluation of authentication systems

The goal of this workshop is to explore these and related topics across 
the broad range of contexts, including enterprise systems, personal 
systems, and especially mobile and embedded systems (such as healthcare, 
automotive and wearable systems).  This workshop provides an informal and 
interdisciplinary setting at the intersection of security, psychological, 
and behavioral science.  Panel discussions may be organized around topics 
of interest where the workshop participants will be given an opportunity 
to give presentations, which may include current or prior work in this 
area, as well as pose new challenges in authentication.

We are soliciting 1-2 page position statements that express the nature of 
your interest in the workshop; these should include the aspects of 
authentication of interest to you, including the topic(s) that you would 
like to discuss during the workshop and panel discussions.  Position 
statements must be in PDF format, preferably using the SOUPS formatting 
template (LaTeX or MS Word).  Submissions should not be blinded. 

Accepted submissions will be posted to the SOUPS workshop web site.  We 
encourage participants to also make their workshop presentations available 

on the web site.  These submissions will not be considered “published” 
works, and as such, should not preclude publication elsewhere. 

Submissions will be via the EasyChair WAY 2016 web site:

Question about submissions should be directed to: 
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Workshop co-chairs: 

Larry Koved                             Elizabeth Stobert
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center        ETH Zürich

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