20th International Database Engineering & Applications Symposium

IDEAS '16 would be hosted by Concordia University

Montreal, QC, Canada .

July 11-13, 2016



Track: Data Sharing, Security, and Privacy




The success of data analytics relies on the availability of high quality data and effective information sharing. Yet, detailed person-specific information often contains sensitive information about individuals, and sharing such information could potentially violate individual privacy. The current privacy protection practice primarily relies on policies and guidelines to restrict the types of publishable data, and agreements on the use and storage of sensitive data. The limitation of this approach is that it either distorts data excessively or requires impractical fully-trusted intelligent systems. Also, policies and guidelines cannot prevent nefarious exploitation. Contracts and agreements cannot guarantee that sensitive information will not be carelessly misplaced and end up in the wrong hands. The goal of this research track is to provide a platform for knowledge exchange between theoreticians and practitioners in the areas of privacy protection, information security, and cloud computing.

Topics of interest include, but not limited to:

Privacy-preserving data publishing, Privacy-preserving data/text mining, Privacy-aware location based services, Privacy-preserving data collection, Privacy-preserving distributed systems, Privacy challenges in healthcare systems, Privacy in social networks, Privacy attacks on de-identified/anonymized data, Secure data outsourcing, Differential privacy, Economics of privacy, Genome privacy, Privacy in spatio-temporal databases, Privacy in crowdsourcing, Privacy in recommender systems, Privacy policy development, Privacy-enhanced access control, Privacy-enhanced query authentication, Private information retrieval, Statistical disclosure control, Real-life privacy solutions, Cloud computing Risks and Auditing, Secure cloud computing


Track committee members

- Benjamin Fung, McGill University, Canada (Track chair) - Rui Chen, Samsung Research America, USA, - Steven Ding, McGill University, Canada - Gaby Dagher, Concordia University, Canada - Latifa Guerrouj, École de technologie supérieure, Canada - Patrick C. K. Hung, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada - Farkhund Iqbal, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates - Junpei Kawamoto, Kyushu University, Japan - Noman Mohammed, University of Manitoba, Canada - Kunsheng Zhao, McGill University, Canada

Submission Instructions, Deadline

Submissions and registration for participation is through ConfSys. Please see instruction in: about ConfSys


Papers should be submitted using the IDEAS 2016 'event' choosing the track on "Data Sharing, Security, and Privacy" before 20th March 2016 (EST).


All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of technical quality, relevance to conference topics of interest, originality, significance, and clarity. For double blind review, author names and affiliations must not appear in the submissions, and bibliographic references must be adjusted to preserve author anonymity.


However names of ALL authors must be entered on the paper information page in ConfSys for the submission.


Accepted track papers will be published in the IDEAS '16 proceedings by ACM in their digital library; the ISBN assigned by ACM to IDEAS16 is: 978-1-4503-4118-9


A version of the proceedings to be distributed to the conference attendees would be prepared by BytePress.

Invited Speakers







Important Dates


November 15, 2015: Deadline for Track Proposal 
December 7, 2015: Start of submission of papers on ConfSys.
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March 20, 2016: Papers submission/Posters deadline May 8, 2016: Notification of acceptance and start of author early registration June 10, 2016: Author regular registration deadline and Camera-ready upload to ConfSys deadline

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Conference Publication

The conference proceedings will be published by ACM in their digital library; the ISBN assigned by ACM to IDEAS15 is: 978-1-4503-4118-9
A version of the proceedings to be distributed to the conference attendees would be prepared by BytePress.



Organized by

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada with the cooperation of ACM, SIGKDD, SIGMOD, BytePress.org and ConfSys.org

Program Chairs:

Motomichi Toyama, Keio University, Japan,
Jorge Bernardino, Instituto Politecnico de Coimbra, Portugal

Publicity Chair:

Elio Masciari, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy

General Chair:

Bipin C. Desai, Concordia University, Canada,



IDEAS16 Program Committee






IDEAS Steering Committee


Bernardino, Jorge    Instituto Politecnico de Coimbra
Desai, Bipin C. (Chair)  Concordia University
Gruenwald, Le  University of Oklahoma
Ng, Wilfred  Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Pokorny, Jaroslav  Charles University
Saccà, Domenico  Università della Calabria
Toyama, Motomichi  Keio University
Ullman, Jeffrey  Stanford University