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CHES 2011 was held at Todai-ji Cultural Center, Nara, Japan, from September 28 to October 1, 2011.
The program co-chairs were Bart Preneel and Tsuyoshi Takagi, and the general chair was Akashi Satoh. CHES 2011 received 119 submissions from 26 different countries, and 32 papers were selected for publication in the proceedings.
Two invited talks were given by Tetsuya Tominaga (NTT) and Ernie Brickell (Intel) on the topics "Standardization Works for Security of Electromagnetic Environment" and "Technologies to Improve Platform Security", respectively.
The conference banquet and the rump session were held at Hotel Nikko Nara on Friday evening. The best paper award was also presented during the banquet to Michael Hutter and Erich Wenger for their work "Fast Multi-Precision Multiplication for Public-Key Cryptography on Embedded Microprocessors".
All presentation slides for the technical sessions including the invited talks and the rump session can be found on the workshop website at http://www.iacr.org/workshops/ches/ches2011/program.html and http://www.iacr.org/workshops/ches/ches2011/rump.html, respectively.
The workshop ended successfully on October 1, having attracted 315 participants (60 being students), from 27 countries, mainly from Asia (162), Europe (98) and North America (47). We thank the sponsors for their generous support and contributions to the success of CHES 2011.
The 14th IACR International Conference on Practice and Theory of Public Key Cryptography (PKC'11) was held at the Hotel "Villa Diodoro" in Taormina, Italy, on March 6--9, 2011. The organizing committee included Rosario Gennaro (Program Chair), Nelly Fazio and Antonio Nicolosi (General co-Chairs), and Dario Catalano (Local Arrangements Chair).
The technical program featured 28 papers selected from 103 submissions, along with an invited lecture on "New Developments in Leakage-Resilient Cryptography" by Vinod Vaikuntanathan of Microsoft Research. The conference attracted 87 delegates (including 21 students) from 21 countries, mainly from Europe (50), Asia (17), North America (16). The social program included an optional excursion to attend the closing day of the local carnival celebrations (allegorical floats, costumed groups, fireworks and the burning of King Carnival).
The generous support of the conference sponsors was also an important factor for the success of the event, and is gratefully acknowledged.
Crypto 2011 was held on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, from August 14-18. The Program Chair was Phillip Rogaway, and the General Chair was Thomas Shrimpton. A total of 230 papers were submitted. Of these, 43 were accepted (two were merged in the program), with the paper "Computer-Aided Security Proofs for the Working Cryptographer", by Gilles Barthe, Benjamin Gregoire, Sylvain Heraud, and Santiago Zanella Beguelin, selected to receive the Best Paper award by the program committee. The IACR Distinguished Lecture, entitled "Illegitimi Non Carborundum", was delivered by Ron Rivest. Roger Dingledine also give an invited talk, "Tor and Circumvention: Lessons Learned". Shai Halevi provided a tutorial lecture on fully homomorphic encryption. Almost all of the talks --regular, tutorial, invited and distinguished-- were video recorded. These videos, along with the authors' slides, will soon be available from the conference program webpage. (Some videos are already available on YouTube.) Dan Bernstein and Tanja Lange organized and co-chaired yet another entertaining Rump Session. Attendance at Crypto 2011 was quite high, with 412 registered attendees, up from 335 at Crypto 2009, and not far off from the 451 that attended the collocated Crypto/CHES2010. The Program Committee's excellent, broader than usual program was likely the cause for the jump in attendance. Generous donations from Qualcomm, Microsoft Research and Voltage Security, as well as continuing support from the Marconi Fund for Student Authors, were used to provide registration waivers and travel support for 42 students. The Chairs of Crypto 2011 are very grateful for the terrific work of Sally Vito and the UCSB conference services staff.
SAC 2011 was held August 11-12, 2011 in the Department of Computer
Science, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. There were 72 participants
from 18 countries. Moreover, the conference had received 92 submissions
out of which 23 were accepted. The reception took place the night before
the conference started and the banquet dinner, which was held on the
first night of the conference, was located in The Trillium Ballroom of
the Atlantis Pavilions, a spectacular site on the waterfront of Lake
A digital version of the pre-proceedings was provided to the attendees and was also available online on the website of the conference. Revised versions of the accepted papers, along with two invited papers, are going to appear in the proceedings of the conference published by Springer. Kristin Lauter from Microsoft Research and Alfred Menezes from University of Waterloo delivered two invited talks on the topics of `Cryptographic Techniques for Securing the Cloud' and `Another Look at Tightness', respectively.
The co-chairs were Ali Miri and Serge Vaudenay, and the publicity and publication chair was Atefeh Mashatan who wish to gratefully acknowledge the sponsors of SAC 2011, including the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, and Science and the Department of Computer Science Ryerson University, Fields Institute, and Certicom, for their enthusiastic and generous support.
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