CHES 2020

14–18 Sep 2020

Virtual Conference

Rump Session

Tentative Rump Session Program

Call for Proposals

After this tumultuous CHES year, we will have an awesome rump session. Not in Beijing, but online. For the Americas around alcoholic-drinks-hour, for the European/African continents around PhD student-drinks-hour, and for Asia/Oceania around actual drinks-hour. So find your inner alcoholic/phd student/regular person, and join us!

Time to use all that soft- and hardware you write papers about and use it to send in a funny/amusing/informational/really funny talk. Do you have breaking news about buying an island for the IACR? Do you have a talk about cryptography that only barely touches the realms of being plausible? Do you want to send in a skit/song that you picked out of 100 takes? Or just any interesting story to share with the CHES community? Make them short and entertaining, fill out the submission form and ask for a talk slot!

Submission Guidelines

Time constraints: 1-5 minutes, 6 minutes if very funny

Submission deadline: Tuesday 15 September 2020 18:00:00 UTC


The rump session will be run via Zoom. All the speakers will be introduced in their scheduled slot. Speakers will be asked to share their own screen at the time of the talk. To reduce the talk-switching time, we encourage all the speakers to join the practice session in the hour before the rump session.


The format of the material can be slides, video, or live performance. Please do not play copyrighted music as part of your talks. We require the speakers to submit at least a title slide even if you are not planning to prepare slides for the talk. The reason is that we will let every speaker share their screen at the beginning of their talk thereby bringing the focus to them before the start of their talk.

Further Requirement

For the red thread game, we will require participants to add something to their presentation. Specifics can be found in the registration form. We really appreciate the cooperation here, since it will contribute to a fun rump session for all participants. :)

  A final reminder: do not play copyrighted music as part of your talks. Yes, we're serious. Yes, we know it's a bummer. Since the rump session is recorded and posted on YouTube, if you play copyrighted music, the IACR YouTube account is at risk of being shut down. Please don't put us at risk!