The 2022 European Symposium on Usable Security

Dates and Location: September 29 & 30, 2022 Karlsruhe, Germany

The European Symposium on Usable Security (EuroUSEC) serves as a European forum for research and discussion in the area of human factors in security and privacy. EuroUSEC solicits previously unpublished work offering novel research contributions or clearly articulated research visions in any aspect of human-centered security and privacy. The aim of EuroUSEC is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners in human-computer interaction, security, and privacy. Participants are researchers, practitioners, and students from domains including computer science, engineering, psychology, the social sciences, and economics.

EuroUSEC 2022 will be a hybrid-onsite event to be prepared in case of new Covid variants in autumn. EuroUSEC will be – again – an independent event, not associated to any conference. It will be held in Karlsruhe and the KASTEL Security Research Labs will sponsor the event so that registration costs will be minimised (to cover refreshments and a social event).

On the same note, we have secured funding to pay for the proceedings and we are currently negotiating with ACM to publish it. The funding will allow us to pay for open access options, meaning the proceedings will be open access via the EuroUSEC 2022 website.

For those joining remotely, we want to accommodate as many time zones as possible, but also allow for breaks so as to reduce Zoom-overload and fatigue. The final schedule will depend on the submission numbers. More information will be provided as appropriate.

If travelling is unrestricted, we would ask one speaker per accepted paper to come to Karlsruhe if possible. If people cannot travel, they are required to present their papers virtually. Under the same restrictions, we will ask the keynote speakers to come in person.

We want EuroUSEC to be a community-driven event and would love to hear any questions, comments, or concerns you might have regarding these changes from last year. Therefore we want to encourage everyone to join the everyone to join the EuroUSEC Slack. You can also send us an email at

EuroUSEC is part of the USEC family of events. You can find more info about all USEC events at:

Keynote Speakers

Ganna Pogrebna
Talk Title: Behavioural Data Science of Machine Learning Operations and Human-Machine Teaming for Cyber Security

Thomas Tschersich

Talk Title: Human Factors in Cyber Security - An industry perspective

Call for Papers

We invite you to submit a paper and join us at EuroUSEC 2022.

We are excited to welcome original work describing research, visions, or experiences in all areas of usable security and privacy. We welcome a variety of research methods, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

We will review longer papers on mature/completed work in a research track, as well as shorter papers on work in progress, or work that has yet to begin, in a vision track. We aim to provide a venue for researchers at all stages of their careers and at all stages of their projects.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • accessible cyber privacy and security (individual, community e.g. care home residents or population level e.g., people in crisis)
  • field studies of security or privacy technology
  • innovative security or privacy functionality and design
  • lessons learned from the deployment and use of usable privacy and security features
  • longitudinal studies of deployed security or privacy features
  • methodologies for usable security and privacy research
  • new applications of existing models or technology
  • papers with negative results
  • psychological, sociological, and economic aspects of security and privacy
  • reports of failed usable privacy/security studies or experiments, with the focus on the lessons learned from such experience
  • reports of replicating previously published studies and experiments
  • security testing of new or existing usability features
  • studies of administrators or developers and support for security and privacy
  • studies on adoption or acceptance of security technologies
  • systematization of knowledge papers
  • impact of organizational policy or procurement decisions
  • usability evaluations of new or existing security or privacy features

For accepted papers, at least one author must attend EuroUSEC (either in person or virtually).

Important Dates

Paper registration deadline (mandatory):       Monday, 6th June, 2022 (Anywhere on Earth)                
Paper submission deadline: Friday, 10th June, 2022(Anywhere on Earth)
Notification: Thursday, 7th July, 2022
Revision decision re-submission deadline: Friday, 22nd July, 2022 (Anywhere on Earth)
Revision notification: Friday, 5th August, 2022
Camera ready: 12th August, 2022
EuroUSEC: 29th & 30th September, 2022


Research Track: The research track is intended to report on mature work that has been completed. The goal of the EuroUSEC's research track is to disseminate results of interest to the broader usable security and privacy community. Papers must not be more than 16 pages in length using the one-column submission format, in both cases this excludes the bibliography. Try to scale the length of the paper according to the contributions you describe therein. Authors have the option to attach to their paper‘s supplementary appendices with study materials (e.g., survey instruments, interview guides, etc.) that would not otherwise take up valuable space within the body of the paper. Reviewers are not required to read appendices, so your paper should be self-contained without them. ACM also allows publication of additional supplemental materials and we want to encourage authors to use this option to provide research artifacts (e.g., builds of own software used in the study).

Vision Track: The vision track is intended to report on work in progress or concrete ideas for work that has yet to begin. The focus in the vision track is to spark discussion with the goal to provide the authors helpful feedback, pointers to potentially related investigations, and new ideas to explore. Suitable submissions to the vision track include traditional work-in-progress pieces such as preliminary results of pre-studies, but also research proposals and position papers outlining future research. Papers must be up to 6 pages in length when using the two-column-format or up to 9 pages in length when using the one-column format, in both cases including the bibliography and with no appendices.

Submission Instructions

Upload your submission via this link: HotCRP Submission

  1. All submissions must report original work.
    • Authors must clearly document any overlap with previously or simultaneously submitted papers from any of the authors (email the chairs a PDF document outlining this).
  2. Papers must be written in English.
  3. Papers must be anonymized for review
  4. Refer to your own related work in the third person: do not use personal pronouns
    • This requirement also applies to data sets and artifacts. (For example, "We reused data from the authors of Smith et al. [31] in our experiment.")
  5. Do not blind citations except in extraordinary circumstances. If in doubt, contact the chairs.
  6. All submissions must use the ACM Word or LaTeX templates.
    • These templates can be obtained from the ACM author submission information website. Due to the changes in the templates by ACM last year, submissions to EuroUSEC can use either the new ACM one-column submission format or the outdated two-column format. Note that for the camera-ready submission to The ACM Publishing System (TAPS), the one-column format must be used, so it might be worth it to use it for your initial submission.
  7. Systematization of Knowledge paper titles must begin with SOK:
  8. Vision paper titles must begin with Vision:

Simultaneous submission of the same paper to another venue with proceedings or a journal is prohibited. Serious infringements of these policies may cause the paper to be rejected from publication and the authors put on a warning list, even if the paper is initially accepted by the program committee. Contact the EuroUSEC chairs if there are questions about this policy.

You are free to publish a pre-print of your paper on arXiv, SSRN or similar, if you wish to.

Contact the EuroUSEC chairs if there are any questions.

Important Information for Researchers from Russian and Belarussian Institutions

Because of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, current guidelines of our host Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) prohibit hosting guests from research institutions in Russia and Belarus at KIT. We therefore encourage researchers from such institutions to be mindful of these regulations and to check whether they will be able to attend EuroUSEC before submitting their work.

Program Committee Chairs

The chairs can be contacted at

Program Committee

  • Nora Abdullah, King Saud University
  • Samuel Agbesi, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Patricia Aria-Cabarcos, Paderborn University
  • Louise Barkhuus, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Ingolf Becker, University College London
  • Enka Blanchard, CNRS/Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France
  • Reinhardt Botha, Nelson Mandela University
  • Jurlind Budurushi, University of Qatar
  • Jan-Willem Bullee, University of Twente
  • Karoline Busse, University of Applied Administrative Sciences Lower Saxony
  • Jean Camp, Indiana University
  • Rahul Chatterjee, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Kovila Coopamootoo, Kings College London
  • Adele Da Veiga, University of South Africa
  • Verena Distler, University of Luxembourg
  • Yvonne Dittrich, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Yves Roland Douha N’Guessan, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
  • Lynette Drevin, North West University
  • Ali Farooq, University of Turku
  • Edwin Frauenstein, Walter Sisulu University
  • Peter Gorski, INFODAS GmbH
  • Thomas Gross, Newcastle University
  • Jonas Hielscher, Bochum University
  • Heinrich Hußmann, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
  • Luigi Lo, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
  • Lydia Kraus, Masaryk University
  • Mathias Mujinga, University of South Africa
  • Sana Maqsood, Carleton University
  • Ola Michalec, Bristol University
  • Tatsuya Mori, Waseda University
  • Ben Morrison, Northumbria University
  • Alena Naiakshina, Ruhr University Bochum
  • Alaa Nehme, Mississippi State University
  • James Nicholson, Northumbria University
  • Emma Nicol, Strathclyde University
  • Kavous Niksirat, University of Lausanne
  • Jason Nurse, Kent University
  • Jeremiah Onaolapo, University of Vermont
  • Simon Parkin, TU Delft
  • Scott Ruoti, University of Tennessee
  • Cigdem Sengul, Brunel
  • Dirk Snyman, North West University
  • Faiza Tazi, University of Denver
  • Karl van der Schyff, Rhodes University
  • Dominik Wermke, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
  • Daricia Wilkinson, Clemson University
  • Naomi Woods, University of Jyväskylä
  • Shan Xiao, Gonzaga University
  • Yaxing Yao, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Verena Zimmermann, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Publicity Chairs

  • Sanchari Das, University of Denver (USA)
  • Anne Hennig, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
  • Theodor Schnitzler, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany)

Steering Committee

  • Peter Mayer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
  • Angela Sasse, Ruhr University Bochum / Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany)
  • Matthew Smith, University of Bonn / Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Germany)
  • Melanie Volkamer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
  • Charles Weir, Lancaster University (UK)



As last year, all times in the program are given in the Central European (Summer) Time Zone (CEST). You can use this link to convert the times to any time zone you wish.

The program will be announced here as soon as we finished the planning.

Event Logistics

EuroUSEC will be held as a Hybrid-Onsite Symposium from September 29 - 30 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Event location is:

Kaiserstraße 93
76133 Karlsruhe

Accomodation: You are welcome to look at following hotels located in the city center, within walking distance to the venue. By mentioning the booking code KIT within your reservation, some accommodations grant you a reduction in the cost of accommodation.

****ACHAT Plaza Karlsruhe
76131 Karlsruhe
Tel.: 0721 3717-0
6 min walk to TRIANGEL
Hotel Erbprinzenhof
Erbprinzenstraße 26
76133 Karlsruhe
Tel.: 0721 23890
11 min walk to TRIANGEL

72,00 Euro incl. Breakfast when you mention booking code KIT.
****Hotel Kaiserhof
Karl-Friedrich-Straße 12
76133 Karlsruhe
Tel.: 0721 91700
6 min walk to TRIANGEL
Leonardo Hotel Karlsruhe
Ettlinger Straße 23
76137 Karlsruhe
Tel.: 0721 37270
18 min walk to TRIANGEL
Hotel Markgräfler Hof
Rudolfstr. 31
76131 Karlsruhe
Tel.: 0721 62768-600
13 min walk to TRIANGEL
****Novotel Karlsruhe City
Festplatz 2
76137 Karlsruhe
Tel.: 0721 35260
14 min walk to TRIANGEL

Arrival: Karlsruhe is a well-connected city, with direct train connections from Frankfurt International Airport and Stuttgart Airport. As part of the Helmholtz Association a special offer for tickets at a fixed price can be used for events at KIT with the event ticket of the Deutsche Bahn (DB) which works similar to the well-known Rail & Fly ticket. Booking is possible via the special corporate booking page for events of the Helmholtz Association at DB: . The condition is that in addition to the train ticket there is also an admission ticket, invitation, etc. for an event of the Helmholtz Association.

There is a variant with train binding for long-term bookings (limited availability as with other savings prices of the DB). At € 53.90 (2nd class) and € 89.90 (1st class), this offer is particularly attractive for longer distances. A BahnCard is not required, but you have to commit to a specific train connection. In the more expensive variant you can travel without a train ticket. Here, the single journey costs € 80.90 (2nd class) or € 125.90 (1st class). The prices are valid until December 2022.

Additional information about getting to Karlsruhe and to the conference venue (which is located next to KIT Campus South) is available here.

Social Contract

To make EuroUSEC as effective as possible for everyone, we ask that all participants commit to our social contract:

  1. Engage and actively participate (to the degree you feel comfortable) with each talk.
  2. Be sure your feedback is constructive, forward-looking, and meaningful.
  3. The usable security & privacy community has earned a reputation for being inclusive and welcoming to newcomers; please keep it that way.
  4. We encourage attendees to aim to meet at least three new people from this year's EuroUSEC. The meal breaks and the participatory activity are the perfect opportunities for this.
  5. We strongly encourage tweeting under the hashtag "#EuroUSEC2022" and otherwise spreading the word about work you find exciting at EuroUSEC. However, please do not record EuroUSEC itself or further distribute comments made on our Slack instance.
  6. EuroUSEC 2022 follows the USABLE events Code of Conduct.

Instructions for Presenters

Further information will be available soon


More information on the registration process and rates will be available soon.