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IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST)

December 7, 2020 - December 11, 2020

About HOST

Rapid proliferation of computing and communication systems with increasing computational power and connectivity into every sphere of modern life has brought security to the forefront of system design, test, and validation processes. The emergence of new application spaces for these systems in the internet-of-things (IoT) regime is creating new attack surfaces as well as new requirements for secure and trusted system operation. Additionally, the design, manufacturing and the distribution of microchip, PCB, as well as other electronic components are becoming more sophisticated and globally distributed with a number of potential security vulnerabilities. Therefore, hardware plays an increasingly important and integral role in system security with many emerging system and application vulnerabilities and defense mechanisms relating to hardware. IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST) aims to facilitate the rapid growth of hardware-based security research and development. HOST highlights new results in the area of hardware and system security. Relevant research topics include techniques, tools, design/test methods, architectures, circuits, and applications of secure hardware.

Call for Paper

HOST 2020 invites original contributions related to, but not limited by, the following topics.


  • Security primitives
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) tools
  • Emerging and nanoscale devices
  • Trojans and backdoors
  • Side-channel attacks and mitigation
  • Fault injection and mitigation
  • (Anti-)Reverse engineering and physical attacks
  • Anti-tamper
  • Anti-counterfeit


  • Trusted execution environments
  • Cache-side channel attacks and mitigation
  • Privacy-preserving computation
  • System-on-chip (SoC)/platform security
  • FPGA and reconfigurable fabric security
  • Cloud computing
  • Smart phones and smart devices


  • Internet-of-things (IoT) security
  • Sensors and sensor network security
  • Smart grid security
  • Automotive/autonomous vehicle security
  • Cyber-physical system security
  • (Adversarial) Machine learning and cyber deception

Starting this year, HOST has two submission windows with no abstract deadlines and no extensions.

Submit your paper at https://host2020.hotcrp.com by Aug 15, 2019 (Summer Deadline) or Nov. 15, 2019 (Fall Deadline). The page limit is 10 pages (excluding references), in double column, IEEE format, with a minimum font size of 10 pt. There is no limit on the length of the bibliography. Only work that has not been previously published at the time of the conference will be considered. Duplicate submissions to concurrent conferences/journals are not permissible, and if encountered will be rejected and reported to IEEE. The paper selection will involve a double blind review and rebuttal process – the identity of authors must not be revealed, directly or indirectly, over the course of the entire process.

HOST 2020 will also accept proposals for tutorials and demos. More information will be disseminated in future calls.

Awards and Travel Grants

Top papers will be considered for best paper awards. For the best student paper award, the paper’s first author and presenter must be a full-time student. Travel grants are expected for graduate and undergraduate students.

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December 7, 2020
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