August 03, 2005

FC conference returns to Anguilla

For the 2006 conference, the annual Financial Cryptography conference run by IFCA will return to Anguilla.

Crucial dates are: papers submitted by 17th October. Conference itself is 27th February to 2nd March (monday - thursday). The full announcement:

Call for Papers

FC'06: Financial Cryptography and Data Security

Tenth International Conference
February 27 to March 2, 2006
Anguilla, British West Indies

Submissions Due Date: October 17, 2005

Program Chairs: Giovanni Di Crescenzo (Telcordia)

Avi Rubin (Johns Hopkins University)

General Chair: Patrick McDaniel (Penn State University)

Local Arrangements Chair: Rafael Hirschfeld (Unipay Technologies)

At its 10th year edition, Financial Cryptography and Data Security (FC'06) is a well established and major international forum for research, advanced development, education, exploration, and debate regarding security in the context of finance and commerce. We will continue last year's augmentation of the conference title and expansion of our scope to cover all aspects of securing transactions and systems. These aspects include a range of technical areas such as: cryptography, payment systems, secure transaction architectures, software systems and tools, user and operator interfaces, fraud prevention, secure IT infrastructure, and analysis methodologies. Our focus will also encompass financial, legal, business and policy aspects. Material both on theoretical (fundamental) aspects of securing systems, on secure applications and real-world deployments will be considered.

The conference goal is to bring together top cryptographers, data-security specialists, and scientists with economists, bankers, implementers, and policy makers. Intimate and colorful by tradition, the FC'06 program will feature invited talks, academic presentations, technical demonstrations, and panel discussions. In addition, we will celebrate this 10th year edition with a number of initiatives, such as: especially focused session, technical and historical state-of-the-art panels, and one session of surveys.

This conference is organized annually by the International Financial Cryptography Association (IFCA).

Original papers, surveys and presentations on all aspects of financial and commerce security are invited. Submissions must have a visible bearing on financial and commerce security issues, but can be interdisciplinary in nature and need not be exclusively concerned with cryptography or security. Possible topics for submission to the various sessions include, but are not limited to:

 Anonymity and Privacy           Microfinance and
 Auctions                        Micropayments
 Audit and Auditability          Monitoring, Management and
 Authentication and              Operations
 Identification, including       Reputation Systems
 Biometrics                      RFID-Based and Contactless
 Certification and               Payment Systems
 Authorization                   Risk Assessment and
 Commercial Cryptographic        Management
 Applications                    Secure Banking and Financial
 Commercial Transactions and     Web Services
 Contracts                       Securing Emerging
 Digital Cash and Payment        Computational Paradigms
 Systems                         Security and Risk
 Digital Incentive and           Perceptions and Judgments
 Loyalty Systems                 Security Economics
 Digital Rights Management       Smart Cards and Secure
 Financial Regulation and        Tokens
 Reporting                       Trust Management
 Fraud Detection                 Trustability and
 Game Theoretic Approaches to    Trustworthiness
 Security                        Underground-Market Economics
 Identity Theft, Physhing and    Usability and Acceptance of
 Social Engineering              Security Systems
 Infrastructure Design           User and Operator Interfaces
 Legal and Regulatory Issues     Voting system security

Submission Instructions

Submission Categories

FC'06 is inviting submissions in four categories: (1) research papers, (2) systems and applications presentations, (3) panel sessions, (4) surveys. For all accepted submissions, at least one author must attend the conference and present the work.

Research Papers

Research papers should describe novel scientific contributions to the field, and they will be subject to rigorous peer review. Papers can be a maximum of 15 pages in length (including references and appendices), and accepted submissions will be published in full in the conference proceedings.

Systems and Application Presentations

Submissions in this category should describe novel or successful systems with an emphasis on secure digital commerce applications. Presentations may concern commercial systems, academic prototypes, or open-source projects for any of the topics listed above. Where appropriate, software or hardware demonstrations are encouraged as part of the presentations in these sessions. Submissions in this category should consist of a short summary of the work (1-6 pages in length) to be reviewed by the Program Committee, along with a short biography of the presenters. Accepted submissions will be presented at the conference (25 minutes per presentation), and a one-page abstract will be published in the conference proceedings.

Panel Sessions

Proposals for panel sessions are also solicited, and should include a brief description of the panel as well as prospective participants. Accepted panel sessions will be presented at the conference, and each participant will contribute a one-page abstract to be published in the conference proceedings.


A limited number of surveys presentations may also be included in the program. We encourage submissions that summarize the current state of the art on any well-defined subset of the above listed submission topics. A limited description of visions on future directions of research in these topics would also be appreciated. Survey submissions can be significantly shorter than research paper submissions.

Preparation Instructions

Submissions to the research papers, systems/application presentation categories and surveys must be received by the due date. Papers must be formatted in standard PostScript, PDF format, or MS Word. Submissions in other formats will be rejected. All papers must be submitted electronically according to the instructions and forms found on this web site and at the submission site.

Authors should provide names and affiliations at submission time, and have the option of including or not names and affiliations in their submitted papers, that must include on their first page the title of the paper, the a brief abstract, and a list of topical keywords. Accepted submissions will be included in the conference proceedings to be published in the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series after the conference, so the submissions must be formatted in the standard LNCS format (15 page limit). Authors of accepted submissions will be required to complete and sign an IFCA copyright form. A pre-proceedings volume containing preliminary versions of the papers will be distributed at the conference.

Questions about all conference submissions should be directed to the Program Chairs.

Paper Submission

Authors should only submit work that does not substantially overlap with work that is currently submitted or has been accepted for publication to a conference with proceedings or a journal.

Please check back as the deadline approaches for a link to the submission server.

The Rump Session

FC'06 will also include the popular "rump session" held on one of the evenings in an informal, social atmosphere. The rump session is a program of short (5-7 minute), informal presentations on works in progress, off-the-cuff ideas, and any other matters pertinent to the conference. Any conference attendee is welcome to submit a presentation to the Rump Session Chair (to be announced). This submission should consist of a talk title, the name of the presenter, and, if desired, a very brief abstract. Submissions may be sent via e-mail, or submitted in person through the Monday of the conference.

Program Committee

Matt Blaze, University of Pennsylvania
Alfredo De Santis, University of Salerno, Italy
Sven Dietrich, CERT Research Center
Juan Garay, Bell Labs
Dan Geer, Verdasys
Ari Juels, RSA
Aggelos Kiayias, University of Connecticut
Yoshi Kohno, University of California San Diego
Arjen Lenstra, Bell Labs and Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Helger Lipmaa, Cybernetica AS and University of Tartu
Steve Myers, Indiana University
Andrew Odlyzko, University of Minnesota
Tatsuaki Okamoto, NTT
Carles Padro, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Andrew Patrick, NRC, Canada
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, Ruhr-University Bochum
Kazue Sako, NEC
Dawn Song, CMU
Stuart Stubblebine, University of California Davis & Stubblebine Labs
Adam Stubblefield, Independent Security Evaluators
Paul Syverson, NRL
Mike Szydlo, RSA
Gene Tsudik, University of California Irvine
Doug Tygar, Berkeley University
Alma Whitten, Google
Yacov Yacobi, Microsoft Research
Moti Yung, RSA & Columbia University
Yuliang Zheng, University of North Carolina

Important Dates:

Paper Submission: October 17, 2005
Notification: December 8th, 2005
Pre-Proceedings: January 27th, 2005
Conference dates: February 27 to March 2, 2006
Post Proceedings: April 10, 2006

Posted by iang at August 3, 2005 04:54 AM | TrackBack

One more question:
What's the registration fee and when is it due?

Posted by: Daniel A. Nagy at August 4, 2005 01:45 AM

The registration fee is normally $1000 or so. It is one of the most expensive. If you are a student you can get it for substantially less - book while you are still a student ;-)

Getting to Anguilla is also expensive because Feb is high season for the Caribbean. Book well in advance, or use air miles. From Europe, check out flights to SXM (AF or KLM but there are others) or SJU is the American hub. The actual airport is AXA but do your flights research to the major hubs.

Also, budget for accomodation. I'm out of date on local conditions, ask Ray to research the cheap spots.

Posted by: Iang at August 4, 2005 03:06 AM

Unless my employer pays a substantial part, it's pretty much hopeless for me to attend. But it's by no means off the table. It'll be actually a good test whether he is willing to live up to the recruiting pitch. :-)

Posted by: Daniel A. Nagy at August 4, 2005 03:19 PM

Yes, we are all in the same boat. This has always been an aspect of that conference - in that only academics and corporates on travel and conference budgets could easily afford it.

I generally budgetted $3k per person if travelling. Implementers and startups have to justify it as their one annual holiday; it's a curious thing that there are always some interesting people that would turn up and not be able to pay for the entrance, so they just turned up for the social efforts.

This was one of the motivations for EFCE - cheap for implementors if you presented, and closer to cheap flight zones. We didn't get it as cheap as WTH for example, as Edinburgh wasn't that cheap, but we tried!

Posted by: Iang at August 5, 2005 10:09 AM
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