Call for Special Session Proposals

We welcome proposals for special sessions at WIFS 2019 to complement the regular technical program. A special session consists of at least 3 and up to 6 papers, with a unifying theme that focuses on fields of special and emerging interest to the information forensics and security community.

Proposal Submission: ​Prospective organizers of Special Sessions should submit proposals with the following information:

  • Title of the Special Session
  • A description of the significance and novelty of the topic and the rationale for the proposed session including any possible interdisciplinary flavor
  • Names, affiliations and a short biography of the organizers highlighting their expertise in the topic of the Special Session
  • A list of research groups currently active in that area and potential contributors
  • A list of at least three (3) and up to six (6) potential contributed paper submissions (if available including provisional titles, authors, contact information of the corresponding author, and a short abstract).

Proposals and inquiries should be sent via e-mail to the Special Sessions chairs (proposals should be in single PDF attachments):

- Tobias Oechtering, KTH, Sweden,
- Karthik Nandakumar, IBM Research, Singapore,


  • Special Session proposals due: April 15, 2019 (Extended)
  • Notification of acceptance of Special Sessions: April 22, 2019


Evaluation Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated based on the timeliness and relevance of the topic and the potential for obtaining enough high-quality contributions.

Special Session Paper Submission Process: Upon acceptance of the special session proposal, the special sessions topics and their organiser will be publicized via the WIFS 2019 website. Organizers are expected to invite the potential contributors to submit papers in the same format as regular papers. Organizers should not contribute more than one paper to their own Special Session.

Invited Position Paper: ​Organizers of special sessions will be given the opportunity to submit a two-page invited position paper that introduces the special session. The position paper, clearly marked as such, will be included in the proceedings. Quality assurance will be done by the Special Session Chairs.

Paper Review Process: Submissions to accepted Special Session will undergo the same review process as regular submissions. The organizers are invited to suggest 1-2 reviewers for the submissions to the special session, and additional reviewers will be selected from the Program Committee by the Program Chairs. The Special Sessions are part of the main conference. Hence, the review schedule and the camera-ready paper submission date are the same. Acceptance decisions will be taken by the Program Committee.

It is expected that the organizers of accepted special sessions attend the workshop to chair their session. Further, to ensure the coherence of the program and that papers addressing similar issues are grouped together, at the discretion of the Program Committee, individual papers may be removed from or added to a Special Session. If too many submissions to an accepted Special Session do not pass the review process, and we are unable to find suitable substitutes from the regular papers, the Special Session may be canceled and selected papers from the canceled sessions may be placed into the regular program.