General Information

17-21 August 1997
Santa Barbara, California, USA

Crypto '97 is the 17th international conference on cryptology held at the University of California Santa Barbara. The academic program covers all aspects of cryptology; specific papers will be announced on 1 May. Formal proceedings, published by Springer-Verlag, will be provided to all attendees at the conference.

Crypto '97 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). Program Chair is Burt Kaliski, Jr., and General Chair is Bruce Schneier.

In addition to selected and invited papers, there will be a rump session on Tuesday evening for selected informal presentations. Facilities are available for attendees to demonstrate hardware, software, and other items of cryptologic interest. If you are interested, contact the General Chair by 12 June 1997.

The social program will include hosted dinner receptions on Monday and Tuesday nights, and a beach barbecue on Wednesday evening. Breakfasts and lunches will be served at the university dining hall.

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; free shuttle bus service from the airport is available. 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 (see Hotels, below). Parking on campus is available at no cost to participants, but a permit must be requested on arrival. Smoking inside campus buildings is prohibited. The food is good.


The conference is open to all interested parties, but the number of attendees at the workshop is limited to 500; pre-registration is strongly advised. To register, fill out the accompanying registration form and return it to the address on the form along with payment in full before 12 July 1997. 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, 1997. Registrations received after 12 July 1997 may be accepted if space is available but cannot be guaranteed. 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, with a free half day on Tuesday afternoon.

A limited number of stipends are available to students unable to obtain funding. Students are invited to apply if such assistance is needed. Requests for stipends should be received by the General Chair before 14 June 1997. 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. Preference will be given to students whose papers are accepted and who will present the papers themselves

Cancellations received, in writing, by the General Chair by 15 July 1997 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 15 July 1997, 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 represented in Santa Barbara. AMTRAK also has rail connections from both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Santa Barbara is approximately 100 miles (160 km) north of the Los Angeles airport and 350 miles (560 km) south of San Francisco.

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 '97 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.

Other hotels:

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.

Registration form

To register, print and mail the following form.

The Crypto '97 page