General Information

August 18-22, 1996
Santa Barbara, California, USA

The Program

Crypto '96 is the sixteenth in a series of workshops on cryptology held in Santa Barbara, California and is sponsored by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), in cooperation with the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Security and Privacy, and the Computer Science Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The program for the workshop will cover all aspects of cryptology. Formal proceedings will be provided at the conference.

In addition to the regular program of papers selected or invited by the program committee, there will be a rump session on Tuesday evening for selected informal presentations. Facilities will also be provided for attendees to demonstrate hardware, software, and other items of cryptologic interest. If you wish to demonstrate such items, you are urged to contact the General Chair so that your needs will be attended to. The social program will include hosted cocktail parties combined with dinners on Monday and Tuesday and a beach barbecue on Wednesday. No evening meals will be provided at the dining hall. On Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00, Crypto '96 and the Mathematics Department of UCSB will jointly sponsor a popular "Family Crypto" program open to the public and suitable for adults and children. The above events are included with the cost of registration. On Sunday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, a limited number of places are reserved for a boat trip on the 88 foot Condor to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The trip will feature views of whales, dolphins, and other marine life, and a visit to the Painted Cove. Tickets will be sold first come, first served.

About the conference facilities

The workshop will be held on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. The campus is located adjacent to the Santa Barbara airport and the Pacific Ocean. Reasonably priced accommodations are available in the university dormitories for participants and their registered guests. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to stay in the dormitories, so those bringing younger children will need to make separate arrangements in one of the nearby hotels. Parking on campus is available at no cost to participants, but a permit must be requested on arrival. Smoking inside campus buildings is prohibited.


Participation by interested parties is invited, but the number of attendees at the workshop is limited, so pre-registration is strongly advised. To register, fill out the registration form and return it to the address on the form along with payment in full before July 12, 1996. Those bringing a guest are also required to submit the guest registration form. Campus accommodations will be available on a first come, first served basis for attendees who register by July 12, 1996. Registrations received after July 12, 1996 may be accepted if space is available but cannot be guaranteed. Those bringing a guest are also required to submit the guest registration form.

The conference fee includes participation in the program and all social functions, as well as membership in the IACR and a subscription to the Journal of Cryptology. The room and board charges include dormitory lodging Sunday night through Wednesday night, and breakfast and lunch on Monday through Thursday. Technical sessions will run from Monday morning to Thursday noon.

A strictly limited number of stipends are available to those unable to obtain funding. Students whose papers are accepted and who will present the papers themselves are invited to apply if such assistance is needed. Requests for stipends should be received by the General Chair before June 14, 1996. Students registering for the conference need to provide verification of their student status with a letter from their Supervisor or Department Chair and a photocopy of their student ID card.

Cancellations received, in writing, by the General Chair by July 15, 1996 will be considered for a refund in full minus $75 for a copy of the Proceedings and handling costs. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after July 15, 1996, but a copy of the conference Proceedings will be mailed to those registered but unable to attend.

Travel information

The campus is located approximately two miles from the Santa Barbara airport, which is served by several airlines including American, America West, Delta, United, and US Air. Complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided between the Santa Barbara airport and the campus on Sunday and Thursday afternoons. All major rental car agencies are also represented in Santa Barbara, and AMTRAK has rail connections from San Francisco to the north and Los Angeles to the south. Santa Barbara is approximately 100 miles (160 km) north of the Los Angeles airport and 350 miles (560 km) south of San Francisco.

For further information, try contacting the Santa Barbara Convention and Visitors Center, +1-805-966-9222, or 800-123-4567 in the USA. Other sites with travel information are listed below.

Here is a map of the UCSB campus (155K) and a map of the Goleta area (94K).


For those who choose not to stay in the dormitories, the following is a partial list of hotels in the area. Those who choose to stay off campus are responsible for making their own reservations, and early reservations are advised since August is a popular season in Santa Barbara. Note that Goleta is closer to UCSB than Santa Barbara is to UCSB, but a car will probably be required to travel between any hotel and the campus. All prices are subject to change: prices should be confirmed by calling the hotels directly. However, mention Crypto '96 at UCSB when you are making your reservations, since at several of the hotels you will be eligible for the university rate, which can be a significant savings. We are not able to book block rooms in these hotels, so please make reservations as early as possible. The quality of the hotels ranges from rather expensive beach-front resorts to basic inexpensive accommodations.
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