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August 12-16, 2019 in Waterloo, Ontario

SAC is Canada’s research conference on cryptography, held annually since 1994. The 26th edition of SAC will take place at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada from August 14-16, 2019, and will be preceded by the SAC Summer School on August 12 and 13, 2019.

Conference co-chairs

Kenneth G. Paterson, Royal Holloway, University of London/ETH Zurich
Douglas Stebila, University of Waterloo


There are four areas covered at each SAC conference. Three of the areas are permanent.

  1. Design and analysis of symmetric key primitives and cryptosystems, including block and stream ciphers, hash function, MAC algorithms, cryptographic permutations, and authenticated encryption schemes;
  2. Efficient implementations of symmetric and public key algorithms; and
  3. Mathematical and algorithmic aspects of applied cryptology.

The special selected topic for SAC 2019 is:

  1. Real-world cryptography/cryptographic protocols in practice.

SAC 2019 also welcomes papers in any of the areas above with a focus on post-quantum cryptography.

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