Dear Fellow Members of IACR.
This year sees the Association continuing to expand its promotion of
research into cryptology into new areas with a variety of initiatives and
You will have seen from our last newsletter the results of the 2003
election. Nine candidates stood for the three open positions of Director.
Those elected were Arjen Lenstra, Tom Berson and Lars Knudsen. My personal
thanks go to them for standing for election and being elected to serve the
membership. On that note, please remember that the Board is elected to
serve the interests of the Association's members - all of the Board members'
details are on our web site, and any of them will be
happy to hear from you if you wish to discuss IACR matters.
I was able to attend both Eurocrypt and Crypto in 2003. Both were very well
organised and provided the usual high quality programme and stimulating
environment for the discussion of research in the field of cryptology. Many
of you will have attended our last sponsored conference of the
year (Asiacrypt in Taipei). Although I was unable to attend, I was delighted
that our Vice-President, Bart Preneel, was able to be there and represent
the Board of IACR. He reported that the conference was well attended and
well organised. Asiacrypt is a very important conference for IACR as it
provides our members in the Asia Pacific areas with a natural focus for
presenting their research and meeting other researchers in the field.
Running three full conferences (Eurocrypt, Crypto and Asiacrypt) is a major
undertaking for the Association. We rely heavily on each of the
conference's General Chair and our Secretariat at UCSB to make sure that
things run smoothly. You can all help that process by registering for our
conferences well before the late payment deadline and save yourselves money
in the process.
As well as our three flagship conferences, IACR sponsors workshops in
specific areas of cryptology. This year we are pleased to welcome CHES 2004
to our sponsored list. This list is now PKC, FSE and CHES. These are all
important workshops that maintain a lower profile than the full conferences,
but really do focus on their particular area of interest and provide an
ideal forum for publication of leading edge research. I commend our
workshops to you and encourage you to attend them if you can.
In 2002 we established the IACR Fellows Program to
IACR members for technical and professional contributions that:
- Advance the science, technology, and practice of cryptology and related
- Promote the free exchange of ideas and information about cryptology and
- Develop and maintain the professional skill and integrity of individuals in
the cryptologic community;
- Advance the standing of the cryptologic community in the wider scientific
and technical world and promote fruitful relationships between the IACR and
other scientific and technical organizations."
I am pleased to report that the Fellows Selection Committee has served us
well in selecting the first six IACR Fellows.
Their identities and details of their citations are stated elsewhere in this
Newsletter. I am looking forward to presenting each of them formally with
their awards at the Eurocrypt 2004 banquet in Interlaken. I hope that many
of you will take the opportunity to be there and join in the celebration.
I would like to thank the Fellows Selection Committee for their diligent
work in selecting very worthy individuals to hold this title.
As I prepare the initial working papers for our Board of Directors meeting
in Interlaken I realise that the posts of President, Vice-President,
Secretary and Treasurer will all be up for election at the end of this year.
It really feels a lot less than two years ago that you elected me to be your
In these two years we have accomplished a great deal with the sponsorship of
our workshops, renegotiation of our publishing contract with Springer-Verlag
and early work on our own archive and web servers. Mihir Bellare
and Christian Cachin continue to maintain the ePrint Archive that is a
positive wealth of material for the cryptologic community to digest and is
planned to move to our own web servers in due course.
Notwithstanding all these efforts, there is still much to be done and I
thank you all for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you in
Interlaken in May, bringing you up to date on our plans and progress and
sharing with you the presentations to our first IACR Fellows.
Uf Widerluege in Interlaken!
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