COTS 2017 Call for Proposals

The 2017 Conference on Test Security

September 6–8, 2017
Madison, Wis.

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Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017

The 2017 Conference on Test Security is seeking proposals that help to illuminate important considerations relating to any component of test security, including:

  • Best Practices and Foundational Test Security Principles
  • Conducting Security Investigations
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Legal/Legislative Considerations & Developments
  • Media and Public Relations
  • Methods to Detect Cheating on Tests
  • Privacy Considerations in Test Security
  • Secure Test Administration Practices
  • Security Planning
  • Technology Use for Test Security
  • Test Design for Test Security
  • Testing Across Borders
  • Visualization of Cheating Data and Improving Communication of Security Analyses
  • Web Monitoring

Session Formats

Individuals submitting proposals will be asked to indicate a preferred format and length for the session. Accepted presentations may be re-assigned to a different format at the discretion of the Program Committee.

Format Description
Standard Presentation Proposal will be assigned to a 60- or 90-minute session with 3–5 presentations on related topics. Each presentation in the session will be 15–20 minutes long.
Coordinated Symposium Proposal includes 3–5 separate research presentations, all focused on a common theme. If it is important to the coordination of material, one of the presentations may consist of a discussion, analysis, and contextualization of the other sessions. All symposia will occupy either a 60- or 90-minute time slot.
Panel Presentation Proposal includes 2–5 individuals (preferably involving multiple organizations), discussing different aspects of a common theme with each other and the audience. All panel presentations will occupy either a 60- or 90-minute time slot.
Poster Presentation  Proposal will be assigned to a 60-minute session, which will include multiple posters on various topics. Each presenter will prepare a poster to fit on a 4’ x 6’ poster board. Poster presentations are informal and involve one-on-one interactions with many attendees.
Demonstration Proposal will be assigned to a 60- or 90-minute session. This format is appropriate when extended time is needed to demonstrate a technique or method related to a core aspect of test security.
Workshop Proposal will be assigned to a 1½-hour or 3½-hour session. This format is appropriate for diving deeply into specific topics or key security resources, and for providing attendees with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and collaborate with presenters and other attendees.
Facilitated Roundtable  Proposal will be assigned to a 60- or 90-minute session. The purpose of this session is to promote networking and invite audience engagement around an important test security topic. Session format begins with a short, informal presentation to frame a conversation, followed by a free-flowing dialogue among audience members.

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals consist of an abstract not to exceed 300 words. All proposals must be submitted electronically, through the COTS proposal submission system. All proposals must be submitted by March 31, 2017. Acceptance notifications will be sent by April 21, 2017.

All workshops will be offered during the afternoon of September 6. All other formats will be assigned to sessions on September 7 and 8.


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