Preliminary Call for Papers
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Having been established in 1999, the Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES) conference is the premier venue for research on both design and analysis of cryptographic hardware and software implementations. As an area conference of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), CHES bridges the cryptographic research and engineering communities, and attracts participants from academia, industry, government and beyond.
CHES 2018 will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 9–12, 2018. The conference website is accessible at https://ches.iacr.org/2018. The scope of CHES is intentionally diverse, meaning we solicit submission of papers on topics including, but not limited to, the following:
- Hardware architectures
- Cryptographic processors and co-processors
- True and pseudorandom number generators
- Physical unclonable functions (PUFs)
- Efficient software implementations
Attacks against implementations, and countermeasures
- Side-channel attacks and countermeasures
- Fault attacks and countermeasures
- Hardware tampering and tamper-resistance
- White-box cryptography and code obfuscation
- Hardware and software reverse engineering
Tools and methodologies
- Computer aided cryptographic engineering
- Verification methods and tools for secure design
- Metrics for the security of embedded systems
- Secure programming techniques
- FPGA design security
- Formal methods for secure hardware
Interactions between cryptographic theory and implementation issues
- New and emerging cryptographic algorithms and protocols targeting embedded devices
- Special-purpose hardware for cryptanalysis
- Leakage resilient cryptography
- Cryptography and security for the Internet of Things (RFID, sensor networks, smart devices, smart meters, etc.)
- Hardware IP protection and anti-counterfeiting
- Reconfigurable hardware for cryptography
- Smart card processors, systems and applications
- Security for cyberphysical systems (home automation, medical implants, industrial control, etc.)
- Automotive security
- Secure storage devices (memories, disks, etc.)
- Technologies and hardware for content protection
- Trusted computing platforms
New Publication Model
As of 2018, CHES has moved to an open-access journal/conference hybrid model. Following the success of similar initiatives at analogous events such as FSE, this decision was made (by the CHES steering committee) as a means of improving review and publication quality while retaining the highly successful, community-focused event. A comprehensive set of FAQs relating to the model can be found via the TCHES website at https://tches.iacr.org, but, in summary:
- Submitted papers will undergo a journal-style review process, with accepted instances then published by the Ruhr University of Bochum in an issue of the newly established journal IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (TCHES). Since it has a Gold Open Access status, all papers published in TCHES will be immediately and freely available.
- The annual CHES conference will consist of presentations for each paper published in the associated issues of TCHES, plus invited talks and a range of additional and social activities.
- TCHES has four submission deadlines per year; all papers accepted for publication in TCHES between 15 July of year (n-1) and 15 July of year n will be presented at CHES of year n.
Although this description is the norm, CHES 2018 will be a special case in order to smooth the transition: it will consist of three (vs. four) issues of TCHES only.
Upcoming deadlines relating to CHES 2018 are as follows:
IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (TCHES), Volume 2018, Issue 1
|Submission:||15 October 2017|
|Rebuttal:||20–27 November 2017|
|Notification:||15 December 2017|
|Camera-ready:||14 January 2018|
IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (TCHES), Volume 2018, Issue 2
|Submission:||15 January 2018|
|Rebuttal:||20–27 February 2018|
|Notification:||15 March 2018|
|Camera-ready:||14 April 2018|
IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (TCHES), Volume 2018, Issue 3
|Submission:||15 April 2018|
|Rebuttal:||20–27 May 2018|
|Notification:||15 June 2018|
|Camera-ready:||14 July 2018|
noting the camera-ready deadline relates to accepted and conditionally accepted papers, and that all deadlines are 23:59:59 Anywhere on Earth (AoE).
Instructions for Authors
Paper FormatA paper submitted to TCHES must be written in English and be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgements, or any identifying citations. It should begin with a title, a short abstract, and a list of keywords. The introduction should summarise the contributions of the paper at a level appropriate for a non-specialist reader. Submissions should be typeset in the LaTeX style available at https://tches.iacr.org/index.php/TCHES/pages/view/latex, noting that TCHES only accepts electronic submission in PDF format. TCHES accepts two forms of paper, termed short and long; the page limit (excluding bibliography) is 20 and 40 pages respectively. In either case, authors are encouraged to include supplementary material needed to validate the content (e.g., test vectors or source code) as an appendix: this material will not be included in the page count. In allowing long papers, the goal is to support cases where extra detail (e.g., proofs, or experimental results) is deemed essential. Authors should highlight long papers by annotating the title with "(Long Paper)", and be aware the review process may take longer: a decision may, at the discretion of the editors-in-chief(s), be deferred to the subsequent volume.
The review process for TCHES, Volume 2018, Issues 1–3, will be governed by the following regulations:
- Each paper will be double-blind reviewed by at least four members of the TCHES editorial board.
- Members of the TCHES editorial board may submit one new paper per deadline (co-authored or otherwise); editor(s)-in-chief may not to submit papers during their tenure.
- In order to improve the quality of the review process, authors are given the opportunity to submit a rebuttal (between the indicated dates) after receiving the associated reviews.
- TCHES follows IACR policy, i.e., https://www.iacr.org/docs/irregular.pdf with respect to irregular submissions: any submission deemed to be irregular (e.g., which has been submitted, in parallel, to another conference with proceedings), will be instantly rejected.
TCHES follows IACR policy
with respect to conflicts of interest that could prevent impartial
review. A conflict of interest is considered to occur whenever
one (co-)author of a submitted paper and a TCHES editorial board member
- have a currently ongoing research collaboration,
- have published joint work in the past 2 years,
- have been affiliated to the same institution in the past 3 years,
- were advisee/advisor at any time,
- item have personal ties (e.g., are family, friends, etc.).
- The review process outcome is either an outright accept or reject decision, or one of two deferred decision types. Specifically, "minor revision" means the paper is conditionally accepted, and assigned a shepherd to verify the revision is adequate, "major revision" means the authors are invited to revise and resubmit their article to one of the following two submission deadlines, otherwise any re-submission will be treated as new.
- To ensure consistency, the reviewers assigned for a revised paper are ideally the same as for the original.
- It is mandatory that all papers accepted for publication in TCHES are presented at the associated CHES conference: authors must guarantee this is possible, if the paper is accepted, at the time of submission.