New England Security Day
Spring 2016

Registration | Poster List | Program | Venue & Travel | Policy | Organizers | Fall 2015

The next New England Security Day (NESD) will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Harvard University.

The goal of NESD is to bring together premier practitioners, researchers, students, and funding partners in security, in and around New England. NESD serves as an opportunity to share the latest advances, debate roadmaps and future directions, create new collaborations, and seek new opportunities.

Over 100 people are scheduled to attend, including researchers from: BAE Systems, BBN Technologies, Boston University, Brown University, Cigitas, Cisco, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Cornell University, George Washington University, Guardian Project, Harvard University, IMDEA Software Institute, Keene State College, MIT, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, MITRE, New York University, Northeastern University, Robnett Consultants, RSA Labs, Stony Brook University, Tufts University, UMass Amherst, University of Connecticut, University of Vermont, Veracode, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Yale University.

[new!] Posters Abstracts and Presentation Abstracts


Coffee, juice, and pastries
Welcoming Remarks
Stephen Chong (Harvard University)

Participant talks: Session 1: Privacy, Games, and Anonymity


Participant talks: Session 2: Formal methods and Security

Coffee Break
    Joanne Pasquarelli
    Assistant General Counsel
    Office of the General Counsel
    Federal Bureau of Investigation 

Lunch (provided)

Panel: Security Education

Participant talks: Session 3

Coffee Break

Panel: Bitcoin

Participant talks: Session 4: Systems and Network Security

Closing Remarks
Brian Levine (UMass Amherst)


Registration and Call for Presentations and Posters

Registration is now open! Go to this website to register. The registration fee is $5. If you would like this fee waived, please contact Christos Dimoulas.

We would also like to invite you to submit presentation proposals. We are interested in all presentations that concern research on computer security. NESD presentations do not need to be about polished or complete results. Proposals for presentations of preliminary work, progress reports on ongoing projects, useful lessons from research that has failed, and tool demos are also welcomed at NESD. If you would like to present at NESD, please email Christos Dimoulas on or before April 1 with a title, presenter and affiliation, and a short abstract.

There are 12 slots for presentations in the schedule. If we have more presentation proposals than slots, we will select presentations based on the diversity of the participants' talks, and appeal to a broad audience.

Each slot is 15 minutes long. However, we would like to use an unconventional slot structure. Each speaker will be given 8 minutes to present their material (strict). Then for 4 minutes, members of the audience will form groups of 3-5 people, discuss the talk, filter and form questions. The last 3 minutes of each slot will involve Q&A between the speaker and the audience. This structure encourages members of the audience to interact with each other and exchange opinions, and clarify their understanding of the talk. It is especially beneficial for students as it will allow them to interact with senior researchers. Moreover, the quality of questions filtered up to the speaker is improved.1

We invite you to submit a poster proposal as well. Like the talks, posters should concern security and can report on ongoing work. Posters will be displayed all day around the workshop space; there is no particular poster session. We have limited space for posters, and we'll follow the same selection process that we have for presentations. If you would like to present at NESD, please email Christos Dimoulas on or before April 1 with a title, list of authors and affiliations, and a short abstract (and not the poster pdf).

Venue (and Travel Information)

NESD will be held in Maxwell Dworkin room G115, at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The street address of the building is 33 Oxford St, Cambridge MA 02138.

Break snacks and lunch will be provided. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know when you register, and we will do our best to accommodate.

Getting to Harvard

Harvard is easily accessible by public transit, via the Harvard Square Station on the MBTA Red Line. See here for more information.

For those driving to Harvard, the easiest parking options are the 52 Oxford Street Garage and the 10 Everett Street Garage, both operated by the Harvard University Parking Services, at a cost of $16 per day. See to purchase a one-day parking pass. Note that you will need to purchase a parking pass in advance using the online system; you cannot buy one at the parking garage. Unfortunately, you will need to create an account. For Department, choose “School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,” and for Department Code enter 2006.


There are several hotels and inns within walking distance of the venue, and within 1 or 2 stops public transit. We list some of them here. Unfortunately, due to high demand for accommodation, rates may be quite high. Cheaper rates may be available at hotels further away from Harvard, or on services such as AirBnB. If you are stuck, please contact the organizers.

Anti-Harassment Policy

The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression are central to the aims and goals of NESD; these require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity. For these reasons, NESD is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience, and implements the ACM policy against harassment.

Participants violating these standards may be sanctioned or expelled from NESD, at the discretion of the organizing committee members.

A useful related resource is the Geek Feminism Wiki, which includes models for public announcements and guidance for conference staff. If you hear an inappropriate remark, intended or misjudged, we encourage you not to stay silent. You may find this list of comebacks to be useful.


Steering Committee

1. Shriram Krishnamurthy has used this structure to organize a couple of events so far with much success.