Location Privacy Workshop (LPW) 2020

@ ARES 2020 - University College Dublin, Ireland - August 25-28, 2020


30/04/2019 ‒ The paper submission deadline has been extended to May 17.

23/04/2020Covid-19 pandemic update (2): in agreement with ARES organisers, it has been decided that LPW (and ARES) 2020 will be a virtual, all-digital event. More informations for authors are available in the submission page. Please continue submitting your papers! ARES proceedings (including LPW papers) will be published by ACM ICPS as normal.

06/04/2020Covid-19 pandemic update (1): removed as obsolete - see above.

04/03/2019 ‒ Paper submission is now open. Deadline: 01/05/2020

06/02/2020 ‒ The Call for Papers for LPW 2020 has been announced.

LPW 2020 ‒ The Second Location Privacy Workshop

Location and mobility data are highly sensitive, as they can be used to infer a number of other personal and sensitive data on an individual. However, human mobility is highly predictable, and location information is routinely collected by location-aware devices (e.g. smartphones), connected vehicles and smart transportation systems, e-tolling, and cameras with face recognition among others.

Location privacy is a rapidly developing research area, and the second Location Privacy Workshop (LPW 2020) provides a platform for original research and discussion on all technical aspects of privacy and security of location-based services.


Accepted papers will appear in the main conference proceedings (ARES 2020), published by ACM on the International Conference Proceedings Series (ACM ICPS). They will be available on the ACM digital library indexed by Scopus, dblp, etc.


Topics of interest

  • Security of location-aware mobile devices
  • Privacy-enhancing technologies for location-based services
  • Privacy and anonymity in (public) transportation systems
  • Privacy in connected autonomous vehicles
  • Security of smart mobility applications
  • Privacy in location-aware social media
  • Privacy in position-based advertising
  • Malicious and pervasive tracking, de-anonymization
  • Cryptographic protocols and schemes for location information
  • Data structures for location information
  • Security and reliability of positioning systems
  • Location verification and authentication
  • Location forensics
  • Data protection techniques for regulatory (GDPR) compliance
  •  Updated  Privacy in location-based contact tracing
  • …and any other related topic

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is available for download:

Feel free to distribute it!


UPDATE: We recently discussed with the ARES conference organisers the current Covid-19 pandemic, and we agreed to switch to an all-digital, virtual workshop. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to submit a recorded presentation of their papers, and will be asked to be online at the scheduled workshop time to answer questions. We will add more details on the digital delivery of the workshop soon. Publication of accepted paper in the ACM digital library is confirmed.

Perspective authors are invited to submit novel contributions, application papers and case studies. Submission should be 6-8 pages in the double-column ACM conference format (template below). Submissions must be anonymous with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgments, or obvious references. Submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, presentation and clarity of exposition.

All accepted papers will be published on the ACM digital library alongside the main conference proceedings, and indexed in Scopus, dblp, etc.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for the ARES 2020 conference. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the conference.

Submissions are accepted through EasyChair (select track LPW 2020):

Submitted paper must adhere to the ACM SigConf template: LaTeX (recommended), Word.

Program Chairs

  • Paolo Palmieri ‒
    University College Cork, Ireland
  • Luca Calderoni ‒
    Università di Bologna, Italy

Program Committee

  • Antoine Boutet ‒ INSA de Lyon, France
  • Zekeriya Erkin ‒ Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Sébastien Gambs ‒ Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
  • Prosanta Gope - University of Sheffield, UK
  • Kévin Huguenin ‒ Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Kimmo Järvinen ‒ University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Ioannis Krontiris ‒ Huawei European Research Center, Germany
  • Jun Pang ‒ University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Raúl Pardo - IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Constantinos Patsakis ‒ University of Piraeus, Greece
  • Francesco Regazzoni ‒ University of Lugano, Switzerland
  • Julián Salas Piñón - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  • Michael Solomon ‒ University of Cumberlands, USA
  • George Theodorakopoulos ‒ Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • Rolando Trujillo Rasúa ‒ Deakin University, Australia

Important dates

All deadlines are at 23:59 Anywhere On Earth (AOE).

  • Submission deadline: May 1, 2020 May 17, 2020 (extended)
  • Authors notification: June 12, 2020
  • Camera-Ready Papers Due: June 19, 2020
  • Workshop day: TBA (between August 25-28, 2020)


To be announced.


LWP is co-located with ARES 2020, and will be held at University College Dublin, Ireland. Please refer to the main conference website for more information.