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Registration deadline is Monday, June 6

Workshop on Science of Security through Software-Defined Networking (SoSSDN)

Slides and Posters from SoSSDN are Available HERE.

June 16-17, 2016
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Keynote by Anita Nikolich, Program Manager, NSF

Software-defined networking (SDN) is an emerging networking paradigm that promises to convey huge benefits -- from reducing the complexities of network traffic control and management to empowering the design of agile networks that can adapt to changing application requirements. The principal feature of SDN is a programmable network operating system achieved through a separation of the control from the data plane. Although there has been a growing interest in innovative uses of SDN to offer fine-grained control and strategies over network-based security functions, this body of research remains largely disconnected from mainstream systems security research. The highly structured approach of SDN offers significant advantages in developing formal guarantees for security. In particular, we may be able to develop a science around the subject that allows us to better measure the effectiveness of any newly developed solutions for security in this space.

The goal of this workshop is to identify opportunities and challenges in using SDNs to advance the 'science of security'. We have brought together leaders from SDN and security in a two-day workshop that consists of invited talks, poster sessions and panel discussions. The speakers and participants will get a chance to place their research in the context of some broad topics that will help explore the area further.

Topics of interest include:

  • SDN principles that support formal and experimental analysis of security
  • Metrics for SDN security
  • Identify hard open problems for academic research in SDN security
  • SDN-based testbeds and cyber-infrastructures in security research
  • Success and failures in designing for resilient and secure networks
  • Identify tools and techniques that can advance networks/systems security research
  • How to make an impact with SDN security research

Confirmed speakers:

Roy Campbell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Yan Chen, Northwestern University
Vijay K. Gurbani, Bell Labs
Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Z. Morley Mao, University of Michigan
Ramya Raghavendra, IBM Research
Sachin Shetty, Tennessee State University
Anduo Wang, Temple University
Wenji Wu, Fermilab
Vinod Yegneswaran, SRI

IIT Campus Microgrid Tour:

IIT's Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation is a university initiative for advancing smart grid research and education. The 30-minute tour of the Galvin Center will include state-of-the-art microgrid technology demonstration facility and smart home demonstration room. The Galvin Center is located on the 16th floor of the IIT Tower (10 West 35th St., Chicago, IL 60616), with a picture perfect view of downtown Chicago. The tour will be scheduled at the end of the second day of the workshop. Please indicate if you would like to attend the tour on your registration form.


  • Registration fees are subsidized by the Illinois Science of Security Lablet
  • Registration deadline is Monday, June 6
  • Register here


Sibin Mohan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (
Kevin Jin, Illinois Institute of Technology (


NSA Science of Security (SoS) Lablet at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more information visit the workshop website.

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Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
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