Top Picks in Hardware and Embedded Security

Co-located with the 2021 International Conference On Computer Aided Design (ICCAD 2021)

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Top Picks Workshop creates a venue to showcase the best and high impact recently published works in the area of hardware and embedded security. These works will be selected from conference papers that have appeared in leading hardware security conferences including but not limited to DAC, ICCAD, DATE, ASPDAC, HOST, Asian HOST, GLSVLSI, VLSI Design, CHES, ETS, VTS, ITC, S&P, Usenix Security, CCS, NDSS, ISCA, MICRO, ASPLOS, HPCA, HASP, ACSAC, Euro S&P, and Asia CCS.

This year’s “Top Picks workshop” will be collocated with ICCAD 2021 (virtual). The authors of a short list of papers picked from the submissions are required to present their work at the virtual workshop on November 4, 2021, and are invited to attend ICCAD’s networking in-person on November 5, 2021. The virtual presentation, including a discussion (Q&A) session, is mandatory. After the workshop, selected papers will be invited for submission to a special section of Top Picks in IEEE Design & Test (pending).


Any paper (conference or journal) in the broad area of hardware and embedded security that was published during the six-year period of 1/1/2015- 12/31/2020 is eligible.

Submission link:

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: September 21, 2021 October 5, 2021 (Hard Deadline)

Author notification: October 11, 2021 October 18, 2021

Top Picks announcement: December 5, 2021 (during Hack@DAC)

Top Picks submission to IEEE D&T: early spring, 2022


Workshop co-chairs:

Gang Qu, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Johanna Sepulveda, Airbus Defence and Space, Germany