Invited Speakers
Accepted Papers
Travel Information
Call for Papers
Paper Submission (Closed)
Program Committee
Travel Support
Contact Information

11th Annual Workshop on

Selected Areas in Cryptography

August 9 & 10, 2004
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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 2004 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
  • Cryptographic solutions for mobile (web) services

Submissions must not substantially duplicate work that any of the authors has published elsewhere or has submitted in parallel to any other conference or workshop that has proceedings. Papers must be submitted electronically. Detailed description of the electronic submission procedure is available here. Submissions must conform to this procedure. We recommend that the PS or PDF file of each paper be generated using LaTeX and the LNCS style available at The submission must not exceed 15 pages in total using the font sizes and margins of the LNCS style. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits.

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.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline   May 7, 2004
Notification of Acceptance   June 21, 2004
Pre-Proceedings Version of Papers Deadline   July 12, 2004 July 14, 2004
Workshop   August 9 and 10, 2004
Proceedings Version Deadline   September 9, 2004

Invited Speakers

In addition to talks from accepted submissions, SAC 2004 will include seminars from invited speakers.
  • Invited Talk 1-- Stafford Tavares Lecture:

    New Results on SHA-0 and SHA-1

    Eli Biham, Computer Science Department, Technion, Israel

  • Invited Talk 2:

    Basing Cryptography on Biometrics and Other Noisy Data

    Yevgeniy Dodis, Department of Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

Program Committee

Carlisle Adams, University of Ottawa, Canada
Henri Gilbert, France Telecom, France
Helena Handschuh, Gemplus, France (Co-chair)
Anwar Hasan, University of Waterloo, Canada (Co-chair)
Mike Just, Carleton University, Canada
Charanjit Jutla, IBM, USA
Arjen Lenstra, Citibank, USA and Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Stefan Lucks, Universitšt Mannheim, Germany
Mitsuru Matsui, Mitsubishi Electric, Japan
Alfred Menezes, University of Waterloo, Canada
Shiho Moriai, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Japan
Kaisa Nyberg, Nokia, Finland
Bart Preneel, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Matt Robshaw, Royal Holloway University of London, U.K.
Doug Stinson, University of Waterloo, Canada
Serge Vaudenay, EPFL, Switzerland
Michael Wiener, Cryptographic Clarity, Canada


Registration information is available now! All sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo.


Please directly contact the hotel or UW residence for reservation. SAC 2004 registration office will not handle hotel/residence booking.
  • Waterloo Inn

    475 King Street North
    Waterloo, Ontario
    Canada N2J 2Z5
    Phone: (519) 884-0220
    Fax: (519) 884-0321
    Direction: Click Here

    Room Rates: Single or Double Occupancy: $118.00 per night (plus applicable taxes)

    Note 1: When registering online, use the "corporate rate" selection. Once you get to the personal information page, please add "SAC 2004" into the special request box. Your rate will be adjusted and confirmed with the conference rate. The deadline for discount rate is July 12, 2004.

    Note 2: Additional discount may be available for booking through web. Please visit the hotel website.

  • UW Residence (Ron Eydt Village)
    Room Rates & Reservations: Click here

Travel Information

  • Visas:

    Please note that citizens of certain countries need a visa to enter Canada. Click here for a list of these countries. (Please contact your local Canadian High Commision/Embassy office for any recent changes on the list.) If you need a visa, we encourage you to register early. You may need the e-mail confirmation of acceptance to the conference for a visa application. For further assistance with visas, please send email to

  • Ground Transportation

    Airways Transit provides shared ride door to door service between Kitchener-Waterloo and the Toronto airport.


    Arrange for Wright Limousine Tel:(519)894-5555 Fax: (519)894-6854

  • Local Information

    Weather Conditions: For Waterloo and Toronto.

    Taxis (at your own expense):
    Waterloo Taxi - 886-1200
    United Taxi - 742-4404
    City Cabs - 742-4404

    City Bus Service: Grand River Transit operates buses throughout the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge on a fixed route schedule. For fares click here or call (519)585-2370.

    Local Restaurants - click here to see an extensive list of our favourites close to the conference site.

    Leisure Activities - click here to see a list of things to do in Waterloo during your spare time.

  • Maps and Driving Directions

    University of Waterloo Campus Map (shows conference site, on-campus accomodation and parking lots.)
    From University of Waterloo to Waterloo Inn (Reverse Direction)
    From Pearson Airport to University of Waterloo (Reverse Direction)

Contact Information

This year's workshop is co-chaired by Helena Handschuh of Gemplus, France and Anwar Hasan of University of Waterloo, Canada. Questions regarding the workshop should be sent to or directly to one of the co-chairs.

Helena Handschuh Anwar Hasan
Security Technologies Department Dept. of Electrical & Computer Eng.
Gemplus R&D University of Waterloo
34, rue Guynemer 200 Univ. Ave. West
92447 Issy-les-Moulineaux Cedex Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1
France Canada
Tel: +33 (0)1 46 48 20 37 Tel: +1 519 888 4567 ext. 2868
Fax: +33 (0)1 46 48 20 04 Fax: +1 519 746 3077
Email: Email:

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.

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Patron Sponsor

University of Waterloo

Other Sponsors

Research in Motion Limited
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Queen's University