CHES Steering Committee Rules
- The CHES Steering Committee (SC) coordinates CHES, the Workshop on
Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems. The CHES Steering
Committee operates according to the “Rules and Guidelines for Steering
Committees” of the IACR, the International Organization for Cryptologic
- The CHES steering committee consists of Permanent Members, Temporary
Members and Elected Members. All these members have a vote in decisions
of the Steering Committee. Furthermore, the steering committee invites
Guests which do not have a vote.
- The three Permanent Members of the Steering Committee are as of
September 2012: Cetin Koc, Christof Paar, and Jean-Jacques
Quisquater. Koc and Paar are the two founders of CHES, and
Quisquater has been active in CHES since its creation in 1999.
- CHES Program Chairs join the Steering Committee as Temporary
Members for three (3) years. The three-year term starts at the CHES
workshop whose program they chair, and terminates with the workshop
in the third year after that. Program Chairs join the Steering Committee
meeting as guests in the year before the conference they chair.
- There are four Elected Members in the Steering Committee. They are
elected by the Steering Committee for a period of three (3) years.
Candidates can be nominated by any member of Steering Committee.
Steering Committee Members who run for a position as an elected
member do not have a vote in the decision about this position.
- CHES General Chairs join the Steering Committee as Guests for one
(1) year. This term starts at the workshop one year prior to the
workshop they are organizing and ends with the organized workshop.
- The Steering Committee selects from its members:
- The Chair of the Steering Committee for a period of two (2) years.
- The Representative to the IACR for a period of three (3) years.
- A publicity chair for a period of three (3) years.
More than one of these positions can be held by the same person. The SC
can also select a Webmaster who does not have to be member of the SC. In
this case, the Webmaster joins the SC as an adjunct member. The tenure of
the Webmaster is two (2) years.
- The Steering Committee meets at least once per year at the CHES workshop.
A decision is made if the majority of the members present at the meeting vote
in favour of it. In addition to the Steering Committee meetings, issues can also
be discussed by email. In this case, a decision is made if the majority of all
Steering Committee members vote in favour of it.
- The steering committee solicits proposals for locations and general chairs of
the CHES workshop according to Sections 3 and 4 of the IACR Rules and
Guidelines for General Chairs. It selects one of these proposals two yearsbefore the planned workshop takes place.
At this time also the selection of the program chairs for the planned workshop is done.
The steering committee recommends the selected proposal and the selected
chairs to the IACR board of directors for approval, through its representative to
IACR. The proposal should be ready for approval no later than for the IACR
board meeting at Eurocrypt in the year before the planned CHES workshop.
- Any changes to the above rules, including the rules about membership, must
be approved by the Steering Committee.
Approved by the CHES Steering Committee
These rules are also available for download as pdf.