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Reversing and Offensive-oriented Trends Symposium 2020 (ROOTS)

Academic workshop co-located with DeepSec 2020 November 19/20, Vienna

"Science First! Round four." at DeepSec 2020: The ROOTS Academic Workshop

Call for Papers

In its fourth year, the Reversing and Offensive-oriented Trends Symposium, an academic workshop, is again co-located with the DeepSec conference. ROOTS solicits contributions that focus on theorems and root shells: things you absolutely cannot argue with in security.

The first European symposium of its kind, ROOTS aims to provide an industry-friendly academic platform to discuss trends in exploitation, reversing, offensive techniques, and effective protections. Submissions should provide novel attack forms, describe novel reversing techniques, or effective deployable defenses. Submissions can also provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art, and pinpoint promising areas that have not received appropriate attention in the past.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- New exploitation techniques and methodologies
- New reverse engineering techniques and methodologies
- The role of exploitation in the science of security
- The role of reverse engineering in the science of security
- New unintended models of programming and execution wherein the program is encoded in data, metadata, descriptors, etc.
- Formal models of exploitation and formal methods for exploitation
- Systematization of knowledge in exploitation
- Systematization of knowledge in reverse engineering
- Exploitation of trending platforms and architectures: IoT, cloud, SDNs, etc.
- Reverse engineering of trending platforms and architectures: IoT, cloud, SDNs, etc.
- Exploitation perspectives on emerging trust models: SGX, blockchains, etc.

To facilitate interaction with industry, the ROOTS ticket will be valid for all DeepSec conference tracks on both days, including the industry tracks, and tickets for the industry track will be valid for ROOTS.

PC & Publisher

Program Chairs: René Pfeiffer (DeepSec), Adrian Dabrowski (University of California, Irvine)
General chair: Edgar Weippl (Universität Wien, SBA Research)

Program & Review Commitee 2020
Patroklos Argyroudis (CENSUS S.A.)
Tobias Fiebig (Delft University of Technology)
Mariano Graziano (Cisco Talos)
Martina Lindorfer (UC Santa Barbara)
Georg Merzdovnik (SBA Research)
Marius Muench (VU Amsterdam)
Marcus Niemietz (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Konrad Rieck (TU Braunschweig)
Sebastian Schinzel (Münster University of Applied Sciences)
Juraj Somorovsky (Paderborn University)
Filippo Valsorda (CloudFlare)
Alexios Voulimeneas (KU Leuven)
Stefano Zanero (Politecnico di Milano)


2017-2019 proceedings have been published in ACM's Digital Library. Application for inclusion of 2020 in ACM DL via the International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) is pending. See for details about the author's rights.

Submission instructions

Submissions to ROOTS are not limited in page count, but their length should be commensurate with the results. We expect that 5--10 pages of two-column PDF using the sigconf template should be sufficient. We encourage submissions of papers based on results previously presented at industry or hacker conferences, so long as the papers themselves have not been presented elsewhere. We also encourage Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) submissions.

Papers should be submitted through

Submissions should be anonymous and direct references to the author should be blinded or written as a 3rd person reference, where possible. Additionally, submissions should not contain endorsements of specific products or vendors.

Important dates (tentative)

Submission deadline: September 11 August 15 (anywhere in the world)
Author notification: October 12 October 1
Camera-ready papers due: October 30
Workshop and DeepSec: November 19/20

Travel cost reimbursement

Authors will be expected to present their papers at ROOTS. ROOTS will follow the industry conference practice of reimbursing presenters for lodgings at the conference hotel (limited to two nights) and up to EUR 800 of other travel expenses.


These are unpredictable times with a lot of uncertainty regarding travel and gathering of people. As a response, we have roughly doubled the conference space to give every attendee more space. Additionally, if - for any reason (e.g., travel restrictions, personal health situation, risk profile) - the author can not attend, the presentation will be held remotely. Furthermore, his/her travel, accommodation, conference ticket, and speaker's dinner privileges are rolled over to the following year.
Update(2) for November 2020: ROOTS (and it's hosting conference DeepSec) are run in full virtual mode due to new partial lockdown measures.