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 20, 2005, 11:59pm, EST

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

For those interested, last year's proceedings are available from Springer (LNCS 3570, online access).

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. 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).

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 at

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.

To submit your paper, use our online submission service.

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
Sven Dietrich, Carnegie Mellon University
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 20, 2005
Notification:   December 8th, 2005
Pre-Proceedings:   January 27th, 2005
Conference dates:   February 27 to March 2, 2006
Post Proceedings:   April 10, 2006