Call for Papers: Third International Workshop on Automotive and Autonomous Vehicle Security (AutoSec) 2021

Ground and aerial vehicles, such as cars, buses, trucks, airplanes, and drones make the whole world convenient and connected. Due to their wide usage and high safety criticality, any security/privacy problems in them pose direct threats to users and stakeholders in transportation. With the recent global interest in substantially increasing their autonomy and connectivity, including autonomous driving, drone delivery, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, intelligent transportation, and drone swarm technologies, such problems become more critical than ever and thus require immediate attention and discussion in both academia and industry.

To meet this critical need, the third International Workshop on Automotive and Autonomous Vehicle Security (AutoSec) is organized to bring together audience including university researchers, scientists, and industry professionals to contribute to new theories, technologies, and systems related to security and privacy challenges in automotives, aerial vehicles, and their supporting infrastructures, especially for their emerging autonomy and connectivity technologies.

AutoSec 2021 will be held virtually in conjunction with the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) 2021.

Demo session: AutoSec will feature a demo session to allow academic researchers and industry companies to share demonstrations of their latest attacks, defenses, tools, or systems on automotive and autonomous vehicles.

Awards: All accepted papers and demos will be considered for Best Paper Award and Best Demo Award. The winner and runner-up will win cash prizes, sponsored by UCI CS and UB CSE. In addition, a special Baidu Security AutoDriving Security Award will be given to one of the accepted papers to recognize and reward research that makes substantial contributions to secure today’s emerging autonomous driving technology.

Submission Guidelines

We accept (1) regular papers with up to 6 pages, (2) short position papers or work in progress papers with up to 4 pages, and (3) demo papers with up to 1 page, all in double-column NDSS format.

Page limits above include references and appendix. Submissions can be anonymized for review, but this is not required. Demo papers must have “Demo:” in their titles. Submission of papers and demos is through the Easychair conference system at

The proceedings will be published by the Internet Society after NDSS.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Embedded/sensor/analog security and forensics
  • Secure perception, localization, and planning in autonomous vehicles
  • Safety/security verification for autonomous driving/flight
  • In-vehicle network (e.g., CAN bus) and Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) security
  • Compliance with legal, safety, and environmental policies
  • Secure integration of hardware and software systems for automotive and aerial vehicles
  • Secure software/hardware updates in automotive and aerial vehicle settings
  • Privacy challenges in automotive and aerial vehicle settings (e.g., driver and passenger privacy, drone spying, etc.)
  • Privacy-preserving data sharing and analysis in automotive and aerial vehicle settings
  • Electric/medium/heavy-duty vehicle system security
  • Security/privacy in Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), e.g., vehicle platooning
  • Supporting infrastructure (e.g., charging) security for automotive and aerial vehicles
  • Secure software/hardware development, e.g., debugging tools, emulators, testbed

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline: Anywhere-on-earth (AOE) January 11, 2021
  • Notification of Acceptance: January 31, 2021
  • Camera Ready Submission: February 5, 2021
  • Conference Date: February 25, 2021

Program Co-Chairs

  • Qi Alfred Chen, University of California, Irvine
  • Ziming Zhao, University at Buffalo
  • Gail-Joon Ahn, ASU and Samsung Research

Technical Program Committee

  • Gedare Bloom, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • Alvaro Cardenas, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Stephen Checkoway, Oberlin College
  • Dongyao Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Jeremy Daily, Colorado State University
  • Sriharsha Etigowni, Purdue University
  • Thomas Forest, General Motors
  • Ryan Gerdes, Virginia Tech
  • Xiali Hei, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Hongxin Hu, Clemson University
  • Zbigniew T. Kalbarczyk, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Taegyu Kim, Purdue University
  • Karl Koscher, University of Washington
  • Sekar Kulandaivel, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Kang Li, Baidu, Inc.
  • Chung-Wei Lin, National Taiwan University
  • Zhiqiang Lin, the Ohio State University
  • Peng Liu, Pennsylvania State University
  • Morley Mao, University of Michigan
  • Karthik Pattabiraman, University of British Columbia
  • Mert Pesé, University of Michigan
  • Jonathan Petit, Qualcomm
  • Hanif Rahbari, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Indrakshi Ray, Colorado State University, USA
  • David Starobinski, Boston University
  • Yuan Tian, University of Virginia
  • André Weimerskirch, Lear Corporation
  • Shengzhi Zhang, Boston University
  • Fengwei Zhang, Southern University of Science and Technology
  • Ning Zhang, Washington University at St. Louis