Applied Research Competition

Best Research Paper

Students and professionals are invited to enter the running for the CSAW Best Paper Award!

Eligible submissions include any paper published between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021, on any topic related to the application of security technology, the implementation of security systems, or lessons learned. Accepted papers are presented by one of the authors in poster-format during the CSAW research poster session on-site in New York, Abu Dhabi and India, where industry experts evaluate the originality, relevance and accuracy of their work. With eligibility limited to previously-published papers, this competition has a reputation for drawing some of the best doctoral security research worldwide

Important Dates


June 2021 on EasyChair


September 12, 2021

Submission Phase Closes


Mid October

Finalists Announced


10 - 12 November 2021 (TBA)

Virtual Final Presentation

Congratulations To Our 2020 Winners
& Finalists

1st Place

µRAI: Securing Embedded Systems with Return Address Integrity

Naif Almakhdhub (Purdue University and King Saud University),
Abraham Clements
(Sandia National Laboratories),
Saurabh Bagchi (Purdue University) and Mathias Payer (EPFL)

2nd Place

I came, I saw, I hacked: Automated Generation of Process-independent Attacks for Industrial Control Systems

Esha Sarkar (New York University), Hadjer Benkraouda (NYU Abu Dhabi) and Mihalis Maniatakos (NYU Abu Dhabi)

3rd Place

Thwarting All Logic Locking Attacks: Dishonest Oracle with Truly Random Logic Locking

Nimisha Limaye (New York University), Emmanouil Kalligeros (University of the Aegean), Nikolaos Karousos (University of the Aegean), Irene G Karybali (University of the Aegean), Ozgur Sinanoglu (New York University Abu Dhabi)

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