Preface to IACR Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES) 2014

The 16th International Workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems was held in Busan, Korea from September 23-26, 2014. The workshop was sponsored by the International Association for Cryptologic Research.

CHES 2014 received 127 submissions from all parts of the globe. Each paper was reviewed by at least four independent reviewers, with papers from program committee members receiving five reviews in the first round of reviewing. The 43 member of the program committee were aided in this complex and time-consuming task by a further 203 external reviewers, providing striking testament to the size and robust health of the CHES community.

Out of the 127 submissions, 33 were chosen for presentation at the workshop. They represented all areas of research that are considered to sit under the CHES umbrella, and they reflected the particular blend of the theoretical and practical that makes CHES such an appealing (and successful) workshop.

We would like to thank the program committee and external reviewers for their expert views and spirited contributions to the review process. It was a tremendously difficult task to choose the program for CHES 2014; the standard of submissions was very high. It was even harder to identify a single best paper, but our congratulations go to Naofumi Homma, Yu-ichi Hayashi, Noriyuki Miura, Daisuke Fujimoto, Daichi Tanaka, Makoto Nagata, and Takafumi Aoki from Kobe and Tohoku Universities for the CHES 2014 Best Paper EM Attack Is Non-Invasive? - Design Methodology and Validity Verification of EM Attack Sensor.

We were delighted that André Weimerskirch was able to accept our invitation to be the invited speaker at CHES 2014. His presentation V2V Communication Security: a privacy-preserving design for 300 million vehicles cast a fascinating light on a new and far-reaching area of deployment. In addition, expert tutorials by Guido Bertoni and Viktor Fischer and a poster session chaired by Nele Mentens made CHES 2014 the complete workshop. Thank you all for your contributions.

We are, of course, indebted to the General Chair, Prof. Kwangjo Kim, and the local organizing committee who together proved the ideal liaison for establishing the layout of the program and for supporting the speakers. Our job as program co-chairs was made much easier by the excellent tools developed by Shai Halevi and we offer our thanks to Thomas Eisenbarth who maintained the CHES 2014 web-page; both Shai and Thomas were always available at short notice to answer our queries. On behalf of the CHES community we would like to thank the CHES 2014 sponsors. The interest of companies in supporting CHES is an excellent indication of the continued relevance and importance of the workshop.

Finally, we would like to thank all the authors who contributed their work to CHES 2014. Without you, the workshop would not exist.

July 2014                                        Lejla Batina and Matt Robshaw
CHES 2014 Program Chairs