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The Midwest Security Workshop (MSW) began as a series of five workshops held from 2006–2008 with the goal of bringing together researchers in computer security and privacy from throughout the Midwestern United States. After a decade-long hiatus, MSW returned in 2018 at UIUC and 2019 at the University of Chicago. The workshop is open to researchers (including faculty and students) who work on topics related to security and privacy and are based in the midwestern United States, broadly defined.

MSW 8 (the 2020 edition) will be held in the spring of 2020 at Purdue University, chaired by Christina Garman. Please join our mailing list to make sure you are among the first to hear when everything is finalized.

To encourage broad participation, registration for the workshop is free. We will provide a light breakfast (coffee, pastries, and bagels) and a boxed lunch for each participant on the day of the workshop. However, participants are on their own for covering the costs of all other food, transportation, accommodations (if applicable), and other logistics.

MSW 7 was held April 13, 2019 at the University of Chicago (2019 agenda), chaired by Blase Ur. We had 230 registered participants, including 40 faculty members, 170 students, and 20 postdocs and researchers. Attendees hailed from 14 different institutions, including delegations of over ten participants from Purdue, UIUC, IU-Bloomington, UChicago, UIC, the University of Iowa, and the University of Michigan.

MSW 6 was held April 14, 2018 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2018 agenda), chaired by Adam Bates. Far exceeding our expectations based on the first five workshops, we had 214 registered participants, including over 40 faculty members and over 160 students. Attendees hailed from 15 different institutions.


Some photos from MSW 6 (2018):


For a look back in time, the first seven iterations of MSW were as follows: