Call for Papers

Deadline Passed

February 9-12, 2004
Holiday Inn Beachside
Key West, Florida, USA

Original papers and presentations on all aspects of financial-data security and secure digital commerce are solicited for submission to the Eighth Annual Conference on Financial Cryptography (FC '04). FC '04 will bring together researchers and practitioners in the financial, legal, cryptologic, and data-security fields to foster cooperation and exchange of ideas. In addition to novel scientific research as in previous years, the program for FC '04 will include sessions on digital finance and economics and on secure financial systems and digital-cash architectures. For the systems and finance sessions, submissions must have a visible bearing on financial-security issues, but need not be exclusively concerned with cryptography or security. Possible topics for submission to the various sessions include:

Audit and Auditability
Authentication and Identification
Back-Office Security
Certification and Authorization
Commercial Transactions and Contracts
Digital Cash (with or without Anonymity)
Digital Incentive Systems
Digital Rights Management
Financial Regulation and Reporting
Future of Monetary Systems
Identity Management
Information Economics
  Infrastructure Design
Legal and Regulatory Issues
Peer-to-Peer Systems
Payment Systems
Reputation Systems
RFID-Based Payment Systems
Risk Assesment
Risk Management
Secure Banking
Smart Cards
Trust Management
Underground-Market Economics
Vendor Screening

Research Sessions: Submissions accepted to the research portion of the conference will be published in full in the conference proceedings (up to 15 pages in total per paper).

Systems and Finance Sessions: For the systems and finance portions of the conference, the primary emphasis is on presentation. For accepted submissions in these sessions, a one-page abstract will be published in the conference proceedings.

Submissions to the systems portion of the conference may include architectural descriptions and/or accounts of industry or technical experience with implementations of secure digital commerce systems. 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.

Contributions to the systems and the finance sessions of the conference need not necessarily include novel contributions in the realm of scientific research, nor must they concern financial cryptography or security exclusively. They must, however, reflect careful thought and effort and provide valuable, up-to-date experience that is relevant to practitioners in the fields of financial cryptography and security. Submissions to these sessions may consist of a short summary of work of one to six (1-6) pages in length.

Panel Proposals: Proposals for panels are also solicited, and should include a brief description of the panel as well as prospective participants. Panel proposals should be submitted via e-mail, in plain ASCII format, to the program chair.

Instructions for Authors: Complete papers (or complete extended abstracts) must be received by 23h59 GMT on 10 September 2003 (extended). All papers must be submitted electronically. (In exceptional circumstances, paper submissions can be accepted, but special arrangements must be made with the program chair prior to 1 August 2003.) Papers must be formatted in standard PostScript, PDF format, or MS Word, and should be submitted electronically according to the instructions at prior to the deadline. Submissions in other formats will be rejected. Papers should be submitted electronically according to the instructions. Papers may be submitted through the submission form.

Submissions to the research portion of the conference may include at most fifteen (15) single-spaced standard pages in length. Submissions to the systems and finance portions of the conference must be short summaries of work consisting of at most six (6) single-spaced standard pages in length. (As indicated above, for accepted submissions in these latter sessions, a corresponding one-page abstract will be published in the conference proceedings.) Author names and affiliations on submissions must be explicit. In other words, submitted papers should not be anonymized. Submissions must include on the first page the title of the paper, the names and affiliations of all author, a brief abstract, a list of topical keywords, and a conference-session category (research, finance, or systems). Papers must describe original work. For the research portion of the conference, submission of previously published material and simultaneous submission of papers to other conferences or workshops with proceedings is not permitted. Authors of research papers found to be doubly submitted risk having all their submissions withdrawn from consideration as well as other appropriate sanctions.

The conference proceedings containing all accepted submissions will be published in the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series after the conference. A pre-proceedings containing preliminary versions of the papers will be distributed at the conference. For accepted submissions, at least one author must attend the conference and present. In addition, authors of accepted submissions must prepare the pre-proceedings and final proceedings version -- a full paper or one-page abstract, as appropriate -- and sign an IFCA copyright form. Questions about paper or panel submissions should be directed to the program chair.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline
Author Notification
Pre-proceedings version due
Proceedings version due
  9-12 February 2004
10 September 2003
  - 23h59GMT
15 November 2003
15 December 2003
15 March 2003

General Chair: Hinde ten Berge

Program Chair: Ari Juels, RSA Laboratories

Program Committee:
Masayuki Abe (NTT Laboratories, Japan)
David Birch (Consult Hyperion, U.K.)
Roger Dingledine (The Free Haven Project, USA)
Niels Ferguson (MacFergus, The Netherlands)
Thomas Frey (Davinci Institute, USA)
Philippe Golle (Stanford University, USA)
Tim Jones (Simpay)
Marc Joye (Gemplus, France)
Kwangjo Kim (ICU, Korea)
Arjen Lenstra (Citicorp, USA and Technische Univ. Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Helger Lipmaa (Helsinki Univ. of Tech., Finland)
Dahlia Malkhi (Hebrew Univ., Israel)
David Naccache (Gemplus, France)
Tatsuaki Okamoto (NTT Laboratories, Japan)
Benny Pinkas (Hewlett Packard, USA)
Nicole Pohl (Franklin and Marshall College, USA)
David Pointcheval (CNRS-Ecole Normale Supˇrieure, France)
Bart Preneel (K.U. Leuven, Belgium)
Avi Rubin (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Vitaly Shmatikov (SRI International, USA)
Adam Shostack (Informed Security, Canada)
Sean Smith (Dartmouth College, USA)
Rebecca Wright (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA)
Moti Yung (Columbia University, USA)


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