rules & SUBMISSION Guidelines
Applied Research Competition
This competition assesses the top scholarly security research from the previous year. With eligibility limited to previously published papers or camera-ready papers, CSAW's "best paper award" has a reputation for drawing some of the best security research worldwide. Student authors whose papers are selected via the Preliminary Review are invited to present at CSAW Finals.
Eligible submissions include papers that meet the following four conditions:
1. Paper topic is related to the design, application, or implementation of security technologies
2. Paper is published or camera-ready between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019. Both conference papers and journal papers are eligible.
3. At least one of the paper authors was a student enrolled at a university located in one of the following regions (below) between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019. Papers are still eligible for submission if the student author graduated during this period.
Europe: Armenia, the European Union, Norway, and Switzerland
MENA: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Georgia, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen
North America: Canada, Mexico, and the United States
4. A student author is available to present in-person at CSAW Finals
Papers are to be submitted via EasyChair. First time users will be asked to create an EasyChair account.
Track & University Affiliation
Users will be asked to select their track based on the region or country where the student author’s university is located as defined below. Track selection is important because it determines the CSAW region where finalists will compete.
CSAW Europe: for any student author enrolled at a university located in Armenia, the European Union, Norway, or Switzerland.
CSAW India: for any student author enrolled at a university located in India.
CSAW Israel: for any student author enrolled at a university located in Israel.
CSAW MENA: for any student author enrolled at a university located in Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Georgia, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, or Yemen
CSAW North America: for any student author enrolled at a university located in Canada, Mexico, or the United States
Multiple University Affiliations
Should your published paper have more than one university affiliation, please select the track based on the university affiliation of the student author who is expected to present at Finals if selected during the preliminary review round.
Papers should be submitted as a PDF file, maintaining the original template that was required by the publisher or conference.
Follow this link to submit your paper via EasyChair:
Submissions will be accepted from 30 April through 8 September 2019. Individual CSAW regions (tracks) may decide to extend submission deadlines. Any extensions will be posted on EasyChair.
Preliminary Review Process
After the submission phase closes, papers are reviewed and assessed by practitioners, academics, and industry experts. Each CSAW region has their own preliminary review committee. For each of region, the strongest papers will be identified, and finalists — typically, the first student author of the paper — will be invited to compete on-site at Finals. We anticipate that 10 papers will be selected per region.
Submission authors -- finalists and non-finalists -- will be notified of their status via email no later than 11 October 2019.
Finalist teams will then be asked to identify the student author (“finalist”) who will present their team’s research in-person at CSAW Finals.
Following notification, and with the authors’ permission, a list of published papers will be posted on the CSAW website.
Travel Awards vary by region. When available, transportation and lodging (hotel or residence hall), and meals are provided, free of cost to the Finalists, or reimbursed following CSAW Finals. Finalists will be provided details when they are invited to Finals.
CSAW Final Dates & Locations
6 - 9 November 2019
Conference agendas and competition times vary by location, but typically, Final presentations occur on Friday 8 November 2019. See regional webpages for agenda details.
CSAW'19 Finals will be hosted at five global academic centers. The location where finalists compete is based on the finalists’ university affiliation, as described under “Track & University Affiliation.”
- CSAW Europe at Grenoble INP - Esisar (Valence, France),
- CSAW India at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (Kanpur, India)
- CSAW Israel co-hosted by Ben-Gurion University and the IBM Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (Be’er Sheva, Israel)
- CSAW MENA at NYU Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
- CSAW North America at NYU Tandon School of Engineering (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Participation in CSAW Finals is contingent upon competitors' ability to enter the given country where CSAW is being hosted. Should travel restrictions prevent a finalist to present in-person, CSAW will make allowances for remote or videotaped presentations.
Presentation formats vary slightly per region, but generally, finalists have 10 minutes to present their papers via a “poster session” to a panel of judges, followed by question and answer. Judges typically hold senior management or high-level research positions within the security industry.
A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner is identified for each region.
Prizes vary by region. Please check the appropriate CSAW webpage for details.