SAC 2006
13th Annual Workshop on
Selected Areas in Cryptography
August 17 & 18, 2006 - Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Call for Papers


Conference Proceedings



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Call for Papers

The workshop on Selected Areas in Cryptography (SAC) is an annual conference dedicated to specific themes in the area of cryptographic system design and analysis. Authors are encouraged to submit original papers related to the themes for the SAC 2006 workshop:

  • Design and analysis of symmetric key cryptosystems

  • Primitives for symmetric key cryptography, including block and stream ciphers, hash functions, and MAC algorithms

  • Efficient implementations of symmetric and public key algorithms

  • Side-channel analysis (DPA, DFA, Cache analysis, etc.)


Submissions must not substantially duplicate work that any of the authors has published elsewhere or has submitted in parallel to any other journal and conference or workshop that has proceedings. Information about submissions may be shared with program chairs of other conferences for that purpose. Accepted submissions may not appear in any other conference or workshop that has proceedings.

 Submission Format

  •  The submission must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgments, or obvious references.

  •  The length of the submission should be at most 12 pages excluding bibliography and appendices. It should be in single column format, use at least 11-point fonts, and have reasonable margins. The total length should not exceed 20 pages.

  • The submission should begin with a title, a short abstract, and a list of keywords. The introduction should summarize the contributions of the paper at a level appropriate for a non-specialist reader. Committee members are not required to read appendices; the paper should be intelligible without them.

  • We recommend that the paper be typeset using LaTeX and the LNCS style available at Submissions should be in PDF format (i.e., a .pdf file), or PostScript (i.e., a .ps file).

  • If at all possible, the paper should use Type 1 fonts (rather than Type 3 fonts).

  • Papers must be submitted electronically by May 11, 2006, 12:00 EST. A detailed description of the electronic submission procedure can be found here.

Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. Neither late submissions, submissions by email, nor hardcopy submissions will be accepted. Authors unable to submit electronically or cannot use LaTeX should contact the co-chairs by April 23, 2006.


Conference Proceedings

The proceedings will be published in Springer-Verlag's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) Series (  As in previous years, the workshop record will be available to participants during the workshop. Instructions about the preparation of a final proceedings version will be sent to the authors of accepted papers. Authors of an accepted paper must guarantee that at least one of the authors will attend the workshop and present their paper, and that the final paper will be typeset in LaTeX.

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline: May 11, 2006 at 12:00 EST

  • Notification of Acceptance: June 23, 2006

  • Pre-Proceedings Papers Deadline: July 14, 2006

  • Workshop Event: August 17 & 18, 2006

  • Proceedings Version Deadline: September 15, 2006

Contact Information

 This year's workshop is co-chaired by Eli Biham of the Technion, Israel and Amr Youssef of Concordia University, Canada. Questions regarding the workshop should be sent to <youssef (at) ciise dot concordia dot ca> or directly to one of the co-chairs.

Eli Biham
Computer Science Department
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa 32000, ISRAEL
Tel/Fax: +972-4-8294308
email: biham (at) cs dot technion dot ac dot il
Amr M. Youssef
Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering,
Concordia University,
1425 René Lévesque Blvd. West,
Suite: CB-410-7
Montréal, Quebec, H3G 1T7, Canada.
phone: (514) 848-2424 ext: 5441
Fax: (514) 848-3171
email: youssef (at) ciise dot concordia dot ca

 Program Committee

  • Carlisle Adams, University of Ottawa, Canada

  • Eli Biham (co-chair), Technion, Israel

  • Alex Biryukov, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

  • Nicolas Courtois, Axalto, France

  • Orr Dunkelman, Technion, Israel

  • Helena Handschuh, Spansion, EMEA, France

  • Thomas Johansson, Lund, Sweden

  • Antoine Joux, Universite' de Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

  • Pascal Junod, Nagravision, Switzerland

  • Lars Knudsen, DTU, Denmark

  • Stefan Lucks, University of Mannheim, Germany

  • Bart Preneel, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

  • Matt Robshaw, France Telecom, France

  • Doug Stinson, University of Waterloo, Canada

  • Stafford Tavares, Queen's University, Canada

  • Eran Tromer, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

  • Xiaoyun Wang, Tsinghua University and Shandong University, China

  • Michael Wiener, Cryptographic Clarity, Canada

  • Amr Youssef (co-chair), Concordia University, Canada


Travel Support

 A limited number of stipends are available to those unable to obtain funding to attend the workshop. Students whose papers are accepted and who will present the paper themselves are encouraged to apply if such assistance is needed. Requests for stipends should be addressed to the workshop co-chairs.

 Previous SAC Workshops

Information  about previous  SAC  Workshops can be found at



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