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Conference on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems 2016 (CHES 2016)

Santa Barbara, CA
Wednesday, August 17th - Friday, August 19th, 2016

Co-located with CRYPTO 2016,
August 14th - August 18nd, 2016

Co-located with Workshop on Fault Diagnosis and Tolerance in Cryptography (FDTC)
Tuesday August 16th, 2016

Co-located with Security Proofs for Embedded Systems (PROOFS 2016)
Saturday August 20th, 2016

Co-located with White-Box Cryptography and Obfuscation (WhibOx 2016)
Sunday August 14th, 2016

Call for Papers

(in PDF format)

The annual CHES conference highlights new results in the design and analysis of cryptographic hardware and software implementations. The conference builds a valuable bridge between the research and cryptographic engineering communities and attracts participants from industry, academia, and government organizations. In addition to a single track of high-quality presentations, CHES 2016 will offer invited talks, tutorials, a poster session, a rump session, and a panel discussion. All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least four Program Committee members and authors will be invited to submit brief rebuttals of the reviews before the final decisions are made. Topics suitable for CHES 2016 include, but are not limited to:

Cryptographic implementations
Attacks against implementations and countermeasures
Tools and methodologies
Interactions between cryptographic theory and implementation issues

Instructions for CHES Authors

The submission deadline for CHES 2016 has passed.

Submissions must be anonymous with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgments, or obvious references. Papers should begin with a title, a short abstract, and a list of keywords. All submissions must follow Springer's LNCS format without changing default margins, fonts, etc. The total page limit is 18 pages excluding references. Supplementary materials that facilitate verification of the results, e.g. source code, proof details, etc., may be appended without a page limit or uploaded as separate files, but reviewers are neither required to read them nor will they be printed in the proceedings. Hence submissions must be complete, intelligible and self-contained within the 18 pages bound. Papers should have page numbers to facilitate their review. In Latex this can be achieved for instance using \pagestyle{plain}.
All submissions will be blind-refereed and submissions which substantially duplicate work published elsewhere, or submitted in parallel to any other conference or workshop with proceedings, will be instantly rejected: see the IACR Policy on Irregular Submissions and the Guidelines for Authors. Note that any submission to CHES 2016 implies the full acknowledgement and commitment of the authors to the entire review process. A withdrawal of any paper prior to the notification deadline will be accepted only in exceptional cases (i.e., severe technical flaws discovered after the submission deadline).
Details of the electronic submission procedure will be posted on the conference website. The final proceedings of CHES 2016 will be published by Springer in the LNCS series and accepted papers must conform to Springer publishing requirements. At least one author of an accepted paper must attend CHES 2016 to present the paper.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: March 4, 2016, 23:59PST (PASSED)
Referee comments to authors: April 22nd, 2016
Author response to comments: April 28th, 2016
Acceptance notification: May 16th, 2016
Final version due: June 6th, 2016
Workshop presentations: August 17th - 19th, 2016

Conflicts of Interest

The program co-chairs invite authors to help preventing submissions from being evaluated by reviewers who have a conflict of interest. CHES follows the rules and guidelines of IACR with respect to identifying conflicts of interest. During submission to CHES 2016 authors must declare any conflict of interest with Program Committee members that might influence an impartial judgment of their submission. A conflict of interest exists for example if an author and a Program Committee member:

For co-authored submissions a conflict of interest exists if at least one co-author has a conflict of interest.

Mailing List

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Program Committee

J. Balasch,  KU Leuven, BE
L. Batina,  Radboud University Nijmegen, NL
D.J. Bernstein,  University of Illinois at Chicago, USA and Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, NL
G. Bertoni,  STMicroelectronics,IT
C.-M. Cheng,  National Taiwan University, TW
E. De Mulder,  Cryptography Research, US
H. Drexler,  Giesecke & Devrient, DE
O. Dunkelman,  University of Haifa, IL
J. Fan, Open Security Research, CN
S. Faust, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, DE
V. Fischer, Jean Monnet University Saint-Etienne, FR
W. Fischer, Infineon Technologies, DE
B. Gierlichs,  KU Leuven, BE
H. Gilbert,  ANSSI, FR
C. Giraud, Oberthur Technologies, FR
D. Holcomb, University of Massachusetts Amherst, US
N. Homma, Tohoku University, JP
M. Hutter, Cryptography Research, US
K. Järvinen, Aalto University, FI
M. Joye,  Technicolor, FR
L. R. Knudsen, Technical University of Denmark, DK
K. Lemke-Rust,  Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, DE
T. Lepoint, CryptoExperts, FR
Y. Li,  Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, CN
R. Maes, Intrinsic-ID, NL
M. Matsui, Mitsubishi Electric, JP
M. Medwed, NXP Semiconductors, AT
A. Moradi, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, DE
D. Mukhopadhyay,  Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, IN
D. Naccache, Ecole Normale Superieure, FR
E. Oswald, University of Bristol, UK
D. Page, University of Bristol, UK
T. Peyrin, Nanyang Technological University, SG
A. Poschmann, NXP Semiconductors, DE
E. Prouff, ANSSI, FR
F. Regazzoni, ALaRI, Lugano, CH
M. Rivain, CryptoExperts, FR
A. Schlösser, NXP Semiconductors, DE
S. Skorobogatov, University of Cambridge, UK
M. Sönmez Turan, NIST, US.
M. Stöttinger, Continental Teves, DE.
B. Sunar, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, US
H. Thiebeauld, eshard, FR
O. Thomas, Texplained, FR
M. Tibouchi, NTT Secure Platform Laboratories, JP
S. Trimberger, Xilinx, US
I. Verbauwhede, KU Leuven, BE
A. Weimerskirch, University of Michigan, US
B. Wyseur, NAGRA, CH

Poster and Tutorial Sessions

CHES 2016 will include a poster session. The program co-chairs also welcome proposals for half-day tutorials at CHES 2016. The presenter of an accepted proposal will be offered a complimentary registration to CHES 2016 and a fixed stipend towards their travel costs. A combined Call for Posters and Tutorials is now available.

CHES Challenge

The CHES 2016 challenge has officially started. More infoormation is avalable here.

Organizing Committee

All correspondence and/or questions regarding the technical program should be directed to the Program co-Chairs:

Benedikt Gierlichs Axel Poschmann
(Program co-Chair) (Program co-Chair)
KU Leuven (Belgium) NXP Semiconductors (Germany)
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Çetin Kaya Koç Erkay Savaş
(General Co-Chair) (General Co-Chair)
University of California Santa Barbara (USA) Sabanci University (Turkey)
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