Workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems 2013 (CHES 2013)

Santa Barbara, California, USA
Tuesday August 20th - Friday August 23rd 2013

Local Information

This year, the CHES Workshop will be held together with the Crypto Conference at the campus of University of California Santa Barbara, the home of Crypto conferences since 1981. The combined Crypto+CHES event is designed with the hope that the co-location of these conferences will result in increased cross pollination of ideas among the respective communities.
This is the local information website about the CHES 2013 Workshop. For scientific information, please refer to the CHES and Crypto websites. Here you will find information about registration, lodging, local transportation, visa and invitation letters, and other useful information.


Registration for CHES 2013 is now online!

The early registration fee for the CHES 2013 is $670 ($335 for students). For those who have previously registered and paid for an IACR conference/workshop in 2013, the early fee is $600 ($300 for students). The deadline for early registration is Friday, July 19th 2013. All registrations after this date will incur a $100 surcharge. Members who already registered and paid the registration fee for CRYPTO 2013, will receive a $200 discount ($100 for students) on their registration fee for CHES 2013. You can find more information on our Registration Page

On-Campus and Off-Campus Accommodation

UCSB offers on-campus housing for CHES and CRYPTO attendees in the university residence halls. Attendees can make reservations for on-campus accommodations through UCSB conference services On-Campus Housing. Note that children under the age of 13 can not stay in the dormitories, so those bringing younger children will need to make separate arrangements in one of the nearby hotels.
For attendees staying on campus, free shuttle bus service is available between the residence halls and the airport. In addition, parking is also available at no cost to attendees who reside on campus, and a permit can be requested upon arrival.
Attendees who choose to stay off campus are responsible for making their own reservations. Early reservations are advised, since August is a popular season in Santa Barbara. Note that the city of Goleta is closer to UCSB than Santa Barbara, but a car will be required to travel between any hotel and the campus. Here are maps of the UCSB Campusand the Goleta area.
For further information, try contacting the Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Center,

Visa Information

Information on United States visas can be found on the U.S. Department of State website. Please note that you need to allow sufficient time to obtain visas in order to avoid last minute problems. The time to obtain a visa can vary widely and has taken over three months for some individuals in the past. An interview at a consulate may also be required.
The US Department of Homeland Security has implemented the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA is a new fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel to the United States, and VWP travelers are encouraged to apply for authorization as soon as they begin to plan a trip to the United States. Please note that ESTA has become mandatory for all travelers from current Visa Waiver Program member countries.

Invitation Letters

Conference attendees who require a visa will typically need an invitation letter from the CHES General Chairs. To expedite the process, please provide as many of the following pieces of information as possible in your request:

We hope that you will be able to attend CHES 2013 in Santa Barbara!

Local Information: Santa Barbara and the University of California at Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is situated on a narrow coastal plain in a setting of great natural beauty. The Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands lie to the south (the coast runs east-to-west in this part of California) and Goleta, where UC Santa Barbara is located, is to the west. The Santa Ynez Mountains (up to 1300m) rise directly to the north with more extensive mountain ranges and a large wilderness area behind them. The Santa Ynez Valley, is shaped by the Santa Ynez River, which runs from the County's eastern mountains in the Los Padres National Forest to the ocean west of Lompoc. The Valley has major vineyards and wineries is about a 35 min drive to the northwest. The location and near perfect year round weather make Santa Barbara a popular tourist destination.
Because the coastal plain narrows to the east and the west, the Santa Barbara area is isolated from other populated areas with the nearest communities being more than 50 km away, both down the coast towards Los Angeles and up the coast towards San Francisco. The Santa Barbara metropolitan area has a population of about 210,000 and routinely ranks in the top five or so locations in the US in terms of recreational opportunities because of the proximity of both the ocean and mountains. This area has a mild, maritime climate, and weather in August is usually sunny and pleasant with low humidity. Average high and low temperatures are 23°C and 15°C along the coast but it can be considerably hotter several km inland. It virtually never rains in August (the long term average is < 0.3 mm). Nights can be cool and there is occasional coastal fog in the mornings and evenings. Many people will want a jacket or sweater for morning and night times.
The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is in Goleta, 12 km west of downtown Santa Barbara and 150 km from Los Angeles. It has a student body of about 21,000 and is located on 1,055 acres overlooking the Pacific. More than 200 majors, degrees, and credentials are offered through UCSB's five colleges and the Graduate Division. Engineering and the sciences are particularly strong at UCSB, and five faculty members have received Nobel Prizes since 1998. Beaches and natural, protected habitats are on or immediately adjacent to campus.

Phone, Fax, and Copying

There are public phones in the University Center. For those staying on-campus, there are also courtesy phones in the residence hall lobbies. Photocopying and faxing can be done during regular business hours in the FedEx-Kinko's store adjacent to Corwin Pavilion.

Medical Assistance

For police, ambulance and other security matters, dial 9-911 from the residence hall courtesy phones or 911 elsewhere.

Emergency Rooms

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Emergency Room, 351 S. Patterson, Goleta

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Emergency Room, Pueblo at Bath, Santa Barbara, Tel: 569-7210

Non-Emergency - Local Urgent Care Centers

Sansum - SB Medical Foundation Urgent Care, Hitchcock Branch - 51 Hitchcock Way
Mon-Fri 08:00-18:00 & Sat-Sun 09:00-17:00

Goleta Pacific Oaks Medical Center, 17127 Hollister Ave Suite 8, Goleta, Tel: 685-5600
Mon-Sat 08:00-20:00, Sun: Closed