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Dear Colleagues,

Infer 2016 - the first International Workshop on Inference & Privacy in a Hyperconnected World [1] will be held in Darmstadt, Germany this year, as part of the Darmstadt Security & Privacy Week (SPW 2016).

The workshop aims to foster the interdisciplinary discussion on both theoretical and practical issues that applying inference techniques to either compromise or enhance data protection and privacy may entail. Infer2016 provides researchers and practitioners with a unique opportunity to share their perspectives on various aspects of privacy and inference.

Please consider submitting to Infer 2016! Submissions are due in less than one month, on May 13, 2016.

Best regards,

Hervais Simo

[1] https://www.sit.fraunhofer.de/en/infer2016/



Infer 2016: International Workshop on Inference and Privacy in a Hyperconnected World

July 18, 2016 Darmstadt, Germany



Motivation and Scope


The fields of embedded computing, wireless communication, data mining and artificial intelligence are exhibiting impressive improvements. Their combination fosters the emergence of "smart environments": Systems made of networked physical objects embedded in public places and private spheres of everyday individuals. This trend is supporting the rise of a broad variety of data-driven services that are highly customized to various aspect of our life, and hold great social and economic potential. Examples include wearable computing systems and applications for monitoring of personal health and physical/social activities; Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) relying on cars that are becoming increasingly aware of their environment and drivers; and home automation systems that even support face and emotion recognition applications and provide Web access to entirely novel types of content. Such disruptive technologies are expected to increasingly rely on sophisticated machine learning and statistical inference techniques to obtain a much clearer semantic understanding of people’ states, activities, environments, contexts and goals. However, these developments also raise new technical, social, ethical and legal privacy challenges which, if left unaddressed, will jeopardize the wider deployment and thus undermine potential social and economic benefits of the aforementioned emerging technologies. Indeed, algorithms increasingly used for complex information processing in today's hyper-connected society are rarely designed with privacy and data protection in mind. On the other hand, privacy researchers are increasingly interested in leveraging machine learning and inference models when designing both attacks and innovative privacy-enhancing tools. Aiming to foster an exchange of ideas and an interdisciplinary discussion on both theoretical and practical issues that applying inference models to jeopardize/enhance data protection and privacy may entail, this workshop provides researchers and practitioners with a unique opportunity to share their perspectives with others interested in the various aspects of privacy and inference. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

·         Adversarial learning and emerging privacy threats

·         Anonymous communication

·         Discrimination-aware Learning

·         Privacy-preserving deep learning models

·         Deep learning models for privacy

·         Privacy-preserving clustering, ranking, regression, etc.

·         Privacy and anonymity metrics

·         Statistical disclosure control

·         Differential privacy and relaxations

·         Machine learning and statistical inference on encrypted data

·         Machine learning and statistical inference for cybersecurity (e.g., for malware and misbehaviour detection, analysis, prevention)

·         Social graph matching and de-anonymization techniques

·         Private information retrieval

·         Algorithms and accountability

·         Case studies and experimental datasets

·         Legal, regulatory, and ethical issues



Important Dates


Paper Submission deadline: May 13, 11:59pm PST, 2016

Notification: June 20, 2016

Camera ready: July 10, 2016

Workshop: July 18, 2016




The workshop seeks to bring together experts and practitioners from academia, industry and government to discuss open research problems, case studies, and legal and policy issues related to inference and privacy. Authors are invited to submit either:

·         Full research papers that present relatively mature research results on topics related to data analysis /statistical inference and privacy/data protection;

·         Short papers that discuss new attacks and inspiring visions for countermeasures, or present interdisciplinary research related to case studies and legal and policy issues; or

·         Industry papers that share practical experiences.

Papers must be written in English. Authors are required to follow LNCS guidelines. The length of the full paper (in the proceedings format) must not exceed 20 pages, including the bibliography and well-marked appendices. Short papers and industry papers must not exceed 9 pages. PC members are not required to read the appendices, and so the paper should be intelligible without them.

Papers are to be submitted electronically and in pdf format only using the EasyChair conference management system (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=infer2016).

It is planned to publish revised selected papers as a post-proceedings volume in Springer Verlag’s LNCS series (final approval pending).


Program Committee Chairs


Michael Waidner, Fraunhofer SIT / TU Darmstadt, Germany

Thorsten Strufe, TU Dresden, Germany

Amir Herzberg, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Hervais Simo, Fraunhofer SIT, Germany


Program Committees


Rafael Accorsi, PWC, Switzerland

Nikita Borisov, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Ulf Brefeld, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany

Michael Brückner, Amazon, Germany

Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, MIT, USA

Shlomi Dolev, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Tariq Elahi, KU Leuven, Belgium

Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University, Sweden

Marit Hansen, ULD, Germany

Stratis Ioannidis, Northeastern University, USA

Aaron D. Jaggard, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA

Frederik Janssen, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Anja Lehmann, IBM Research Zürich, Switzerland

Daniel Le Métayer, INRIA, France

Tobias Matzner, University of Tübingen, Germany

Helen Nissenbaum, New York University, USA

Stefan Schiffner, ENISA, Greece

Haya Shulman, Fraunhofer SIT, Germany


Publicity Co-chairs


Fatemeh Shirazi, KU Leuven, Belgium

Christian Zimmermann, University of Freiburg, Germany

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