Lady bird 2018 Call for Papers is seeking innovative research on hardware security. If you have done interesting research on attacks or mitigation on any Hardware and want to showcase it to the security community, just submit your research paper.

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Important Dates

CFP Opening Date - 9th February 2018

CFP Closing Date - 31th May 2018

Final List of Speakers Online - 25th May 2018

Training - 11th – 12th September 2018

Conference - 13th – 14th September 2018


hardwear accepts papers on any topic that discusses in-depth hardware and firmware security both from the offensive as well as defensive perspective. Some of the topics of interest include (but not limited to):

  • Integrated Circuits
  • Processors
  • Internet of Things / Smart Devices
  • Embedded Systems
  • Automobile, Aeroplane, Train Automation Systems and Hardware Components
  • Industrial Control Systems / SCADA Systems
  • Satellite Systems
  • Medical Devices
  • Smartphone Firmware, Hardware
  • Firmware
  • Hardware Pentesting
  • Trusted Platform Module
  • Radio Communication Protocols and Hardware
  • Hardware Trust and Assurance Algorithms
  • Multimedia Hardware, Firmware, Protocols
  • Telecom Hardware / Networks
  • Electronic / Physical Locks


New Research - 40 mins – 1 hour
A deep knowledge technical track that includes new research, vulnerabilities, zero days or exploits. And by new we really mean new i.e. if your research or talk has been published / showcased (partially or wholly) before, it will fall under current research category even though there are enhancements / changes to the original research.

Current Research - 40 mins – 1 hour
Comprises of known security issues, new research presented / published elsewhere, case studies, twist to an existing research, vulnerability, exploit or research-in-progress.

Tool - 30 mins – 1 hour
Comprises of open source security tools, exploits, hardware etc. This is an excellent opportunity for the original authors to showcase their work to the world.

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Only the original authors should submit their research and any submission from a third party will be rejected. The abstract should clearly mention the techniques and hacks in detail and merely mentioning that it works will not help in understanding the research to its full extent. Product/company marketing and pitches will be rejected. We request you not to submit any product specific talk.

Speaker Benefits

For the New Research Category

Travel Reimbursement
(Either actuals or the below mentioned amounts, whichever is less)

  • Speaker travelling from outside Europe
    (Based on actuals or Euro 1000 whichever is less)
  • Speaker travelling from within Europe
    (Based on actuals or Euro 250 whichever is less)
  • If your employer can afford (or pays for) your travel, we will not reimburse anything from our end i.e. we will only reimburse if no one is sponsoring your travel
  • Please provide the receipts/invoice of the travel along with tickets for reimbursement

Complimentary Accommodation for 3 nights

Complimentary conference pass

Invitation to party

For the Current Research and Tool Category

Complimentary accommodation near the venue for 3 nights

Complimentary conference pass

Invitation to party


Only one speaker will be eligible for the benefits, in case there are two or more speakers for a talk.

By submitting a paper and agreeing to talk, the speaker gives the right to post, publish, re-distribute online and offline, soft and / or hard copies of his / her presentation material including slides, source code, design specifications, detailed paper and the recorded video of the talk.