ACM Workshop on Wireless Security and Machine Learning (WiseML 2021)

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The ACM Workshop on Wireless Security and Machine Learning (WiseML 2021) will be held in conjunction with the ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec 2021). The workshop will be held virtually with online presentations. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings and the ACM digital library.

Scope and background

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have proven to be invaluable tools for a diverse and far-reaching set of applications in wireless communications, networking, security, and situational awareness. ML systems based upon state-of-the-art neural network architectures, powered by the ever-more powerful hardware accelerators for computing, have been deployed for spectrum sensing applications (signal detection, estimation, classification, and identification), channel estimation and feedback, coding, waveform design, emitter identification, cognitive jamming and anti-jamming, among many others.

ML has emerged as a viable solution to effectively learn from spectrum data, solve complex tasks for IoT, 5G and beyond, and secure the emerging communication systems against adversaries. Recent research has demonstrated the efficacy of adversarial ML (AML) techniques to negatively impact the performance of ML based wireless systems. Consequently, the impact of AML on wireless technologies requires better understanding. On the other hand, the proliferation of wireless devices operating with diverse communication technologies in heterogenous spectrum environments has made them susceptible targets to various attacks. Harnessing efficient, robust AI/ML algorithms for wireless security that can operate under constrained power and computational resources, is of paramount importance for guaranteeing the integrity of wireless communications. Undoubtedly, an effort to investigate the interactions between ML and wireless security, privacy, and robustness, would be both timely and indispensable.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together members of the ML, privacy, security, wireless communications and networking communities from around the world and offer them the opportunity to share the latest research findings in these emerging and critical areas, as well as to exchange ideas and foster research collaborations, in order to further advance the state-of-the-art.

Topics of Interest (but not limited to)

Adversarial ML Techniques

  • Adversarial examples
  • Poisoning attacks
  • Trojan/backdoor attacks
  • Generative adversarial learning
  • Spoofing attacks
  • Defense techniques
  • Adversarial reinforcement learning

Privacy & Security Issues of ML Solutions

  • Differential privacy
  • Information theoretic privacy
  • Physical layer privacy
  • Membership inference attacks
  • Model inversion

Strengthening ML Solutions

  • Datasets
  • Data augmentation
  • Privacy-preserving learning
  • Secure learning
  • Federated learning
  • Certified defense
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Information discovery
  • Cognitive radio
  • Hardware solutions
  • Embedded computing
  • Experiments and testbeds

ML Applications

  • 5G/IoT security
  • Network slicing
  • Network virtualization
  • Anonymity
  • Authentication
  • Covert communications
  • Device identification
  • Intrusion detection
  • Localization
  • RF fingerprinting
  • Smart jamming and spoofing
  • Security for mobile autonomous multi-agent platforms

Workshop Chairs

Deniz Gunduz
Imperial College London
London, UK
M. Cenk Gursoy
Syracuse University
New York, NY, USA
Brian Jalaian
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Adelphi, MD, USA
Yalin E. Sagduyu
Intelligent Automation Inc.
Rockville, MD, USA
Yi Shi
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA, USA
George Stantchev
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Washington, DC, USA

Steering Committee

  • Wenjing Lou, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Alan Michaels, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Stephen Russell, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA
  • Sennur Ulukus, University of Maryland, USA
  • K.P. (Suba) Subbalakshmi, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

Submission Guidelines

Submission site:

Workshop Papers must be written in English, must be formatted in the standard ACM conference style, and are not to exceed six pages. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings and the ACM digital library.

Only PDF files will be accepted for the review process. All papers must be thoroughly anonymized for double-blind reviewing.

Camera ready papers must be prepared using the following ACM proceedings template and must use US Letter page size (215.9 x 279.4 mm / 8.5 x 11 inches):

Registration requirement

All accepted papers must be presented at the workshop. Therefore, at least one author of each accepted paper must register to the workshop at author rate (one per paper) and present the paper.

Important Dates:

  • Paper Submission Deadline: April 22, 2021
  • Acceptance Notification: May 15, 2021
  • Camera-Ready Paper Submission: June 1, 2021
  • Workshop Event: July 2, 2021