HOST 2023 | IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust

HOST 2023 Hardware Demonstration Proposal Guidelines

The IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST) will include a special session which allows students and faculty to present tech-transfer based research through a hands-on hardware demonstration. A set of booths configured with tables and easels will be provided to allow students to set up laptops and hardware configurations, such as FPGAs, RFID readers, power supplies, etc. The details regarding the judging process will be sent out after each demo proposal notification of acceptance/denial has been given. Participants are required to assemble and display a poster which summarizes and illustrates concepts as well as provides extensive results beyond what is possible to reproduce on-site.

Demonstration Areas

Hardware demonstration must be related to hardware-level security and trust, which includes a broad range of topics, such as those listed in the HOST call-for-papers.


  • Proposal Deadline The submission deadline for the hardware demonstration proposal is March 24, 2023 (Extended). Acceptance of proposals into the HOST program will be announced on March 31, 2023 (Extended). The HOST website should be consulted for any changes in the proposal deadline.
  • Proposals are limited to two pages in length and must be submitted through EasyChair at (please make a new submission and choose the “HOST Hardware Demo” track). Hardware demonstration chairs Wenjie Che (wche at nmsu dot edu) and Calvin Chan (calvin dot chan at colorado dot edu) should be contacted for questions.
    • Proposals should include a 1/2 to 1 page description of the research, with references provided to previously published papers (if available).
    • The remainder of the proposal should describe the nature of the demonstration and present content such as but not limited to: graphics showing the experimental setup and required equipment, the specific features of the research that will be targeted in the hardware demo, a description of the observables, and what the audience would expect to see.
    • The main components of the proposal must be included as components of the poster that will accompany the hardware demo.
  • Review & Selection: Proposals will be evaluated based on the novelty of proposed research and demonstration, as well as the clarity and completeness of the description, such as figures that depict the hardware prototype and other design representations appropriate to the core contribution. Selected proposals will be invited to give live hardware demonstrations and display a poster at the Hardware Demonstration Sessions at HOST 2023.
  • Judging & Awards: A set of judges will evaluate the hardware demonstrations in-person at the HOST2023 event. The judging criteria is provided below, and details regarding the judging process (date, time,venue, format) will be sent out before the conference to hardware demo participants. The top three hardware demonstrations will be selected for awards and announced at HOST2023.

Scholarship Opportunity

Students associated with hardware demonstrations that are selected for presentation at HOST 2023 will have the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship to reimburse hotel costs.

Student Hardware Demonstration Contest

A committee of judges will evaluate each hardware demonstration at HOST. The top three student demonstrations will be given an award. The criteria used by the judges to evaluate the demonstrations will be based on the following:

  1. How effective was the observable? (e.g., was there a graphical user interface that reflected aspects of the actual hardware working? Were there indicators that clearly reflected operations being performed in the hardware?)
  2. Was the hardware demo well organized and the concepts presented clearly? (e.g., was there background information being properly provided/introduced? Were the uniqueness/contributions of the demo well-articulated?)
  3. How well did the students answer questions? (e.g., did the student appear to be knowledgeable about the hardware security area that the demo was tied to? Were the students aware of the limits and were able to reasonably justify?)
  4. Complexity/difficulty of the demo: How challenging is the demo being set up and performed?
  5. Was there a quality conference-style poster displayed (e.g., did it summarize and illustrate the problem, goals, and concepts, and provide extensive results beyond what is possible to reproduce on-site?)
  6. Overall score: What was the overall impression?


MDPI, Cryptography is proud to sponsor the following cash awards for the Hardware Demo competition:

  • 1st place: 200 CHF
  • 2nd place: 100 CHF

MDPI, Cryptography

MDPI, Cryptography and Hardware Security section web pages:

Important Dates

March 24, 2023 (Extended): Deadline for hardware demo proposals

March 31, 2023 (Extended): Notification of acceptance

Submission Site: (Please make a new submission and choose the “HOST Hardware Demo” track)

Contact Information

HOST Hardware Demo Co-Chairs: Wenjie Che and Calvin Chan

E-mail: wche at

E-mail: calvin dot chan at colorado dot edu