The First International Workshop on

The Bright and Dark Sides of Computer Vision:
Challenges and Opportunities for Privacy and Security
(CV-COPS 2017)

Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii — July 21, 2017
In conjunction with the 2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

Sponsored by the IU Center for Security Informatics

News and updates

April 29: Thanks to generous sponsors, we anticipate offering partial travel support to a limited number of students attending the workshop! Priority will go to students presenting papers and abstracts at the workshop. More details and an application form will be posted soon.

April 21: Full paper submissions are closed, but extended abstract deadline extended until May 15!


Computer vision is finally working in the real world, but what are the consequences on privacy and security? For example, recent work shows that vision algorithms can spy on smartphone keypresses from meters away, steal information from inside homes via hacked cameras, exploit social media to de-anonymize blurred faces, and reconstruct images from features like SIFT. Vision could also enhance privacy and security, for example through assistive devices for people with disabilities, phishing detection techniques that incorporate visual features, and image forensic tools. Some technologies present both challenges and opportunities: biometrics techniques could enhance security but may be spoofed, while surveillance systems enhance safety but create potential for abuse.

We need to understand the potential threats and opportunities of vision to avoid creating detrimental societal effects and/or facing public backlash. This workshop will explore the intersection between computer vision and security and privacy to address these issues.

Call for Papers and Extended Abtracts

We welcome original research papers and extended abstracts on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Computer vision-based security and privacy attacks,
  • Biometric spoofing, defenses and liveness detection,
  • Impact of ubiquitous cameras on society,
  • Captchas and other visual Turing tests for online security,
  • Privacy of visual data,
  • Privacy-preserving visual features and representations,
  • Reversibility of image transformations,
  • Secure/encrypted computer vision and image processing,
  • Wearable camera privacy,
  • Attacks against computer vision systems,
  • Copyright violation detection,
  • Counterfeit and forgery detection,
  • Privacy implications of large-scale visual social media,
  • Other relevant topics.

  • Research papers should contain original, unpublished research, and be 4-8 pages (excluding references). Research papers will be published in the CVPR Workshop Proceedings and archived on IEEE eXplore and the Computer Vision Foundation websites.

    Extended abstracts about preliminary, ongoing or published work should be up to 2 pages (including references). Extended abstracts will be published and archived on this website.

    All submissions should be anonymized and will undergo double-blind peer review. Papers and abstracts must be formatted according to the CVPR guidelines and submitted via the Conference Management Toolkit website. Accepted submissions will be invited for oral or poster presentation at the workshop.

    Full paper submission deadline: April 7, April 17 April 19, 11:59PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), via CMT.
    Abstract submission deadline: April 7, May 15, 11:59PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), via CMT.
    Author notification date: May 1 May 3 (full papers), May 20 (abstracts)
    Camera ready deadline: May 17, 11:59PM PDT


    Invited speakers

    To be announced

    Workshop Program

    To be announced


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