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Selected Areas in Cryptography

August 16-18, 2023

SAC is Canada's research conference on cryptography, held annually since 1994. The 30th Conference on Selected Areas in Cryptography (SAC 2023) will take place at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada on August 16-18, 2023.

It will be preceded by the SAC Summer School on August 14-15, 2023. SAC 2023 is held in cooperation with the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR).

Call for papers

Authors are encouraged to submit original papers related to the following themes for SAC 2023. Note that the first three are traditional SAC areas; the fourth topic is the special focus for this year.

  • Design and analysis of symmetric key primitives and cryptosystems, including block and stream ciphers, hash functions, MAC algorithms, and authenticated encryption schemes.
  • Efficient implementations of symmetric, public key, and post-quantum cryptography
  • Mathematical and algorithmic aspects of applied cryptology including post-quantum cryptology
  • Counter-measures against side channel attacks in symmetric cryptography

The SAC 2023 proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Papers must be submitted electronically. Late submissions, submissions by email, or hardcopy submissions will not be accepted.

Submissions must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgments or obvious references.

Papers must be typeset using LaTeX in the LNCS style with no alterations to font size or margins, with the exception of page numbers. The main body of the paper must be at most 20 pages in length; including bibliography and clearly marked appendices, the total length must not exceed 30 pages. Program Committee members are not required to read appendices, so the paper should be intelligible without them.

Papers must be written in English, and begin with a title, a short abstract, and a list of keywords. An introduction section should summarize the paper’s contributions at a level appropriate for a non-specialist reader.

Submissions must be in PDF format.

Submission implies the commitment of at least one of the authors to present the paper at the conference. The SAC 2023 Chairs reserve the right to withdraw papers from the proceedings that are not presented at the conference or for which the camera-ready post-proceedings version is not submitted by the deadline.

Irregular submissions: SAC 2023 follows the IACR’s Policy on Irregular Submissions. Submissions must not substantially duplicate work that any of the authors has published elsewhere or has submitted in parallel to a journal or any other conference/workshop that has proceedings. The SAC 2023 Chairs reserve the right to share information about submissions with other program committees or journal editors to detect parallel submissions. In addition, the SAC Chairs reserve the right to contact an author’s institution/corporation and/or other appropriate organizations if an irregular submission is detected. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. For further details, please refer to the IACR Policy on Irregular Submissions at

Conflicts of interest: SAC 2023 follows the IACR’s Policy on Conflicts of Interest (COI). Authors, program committee members, and reviewers for SAC 2023 must adhere to the IACR Policy on Conflicts of Interest. Authors are requested to identify all members of the SAC 2023 Program Committee who have an automatic conflict of interest with the submission, and disclose it at the time of submission. It is the responsibility of all authors to ensure correct reporting of COI information. Submissions with incorrect or incomplete COI information may be rejected without consideration of their merits. For further details, please refer to the IACR Policy on Conflicts of Interest at

Code of conduct: SAC 2023 is committed to providing an experience free of harassment and discrimination, respecting the dignity of every participant. Participants who violate this code may be sanctioned and/or expelled from the event, at the discretion of the Chairs. Serious incidents may be referred to the IACR Ethics Committee for further possible action. Any action will only be taken with the consent of the affected party subject to applicable laws.

If you experience harassment or discriminatory behaviour at SAC 2023, we encourage you to reach out to either of the SAC 2023 Chairs or the Chair of the SAC Board (Douglas Stebila If you witness harassment or discriminatory behaviour, please consider intervening.

  • Abstract registration deadline: May 9, 2023, 23:59 GMT
  • Final paper submission deadline: May 16, 2023, 23:59 GMT
  • Notification of decision: July 3, 2023
  • Pre-proceedings version deadline: July 26, 2023
  • SAC Summer School: August 14 - August 15, 2023
  • Conference: August 16 - August 18, 2023
  • Camera-ready post-proceedings version deadline: Sept. 18, 2023

  • Riham AlTawy, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Melissa Azouaoui, NXP Semiconductors, Germany
  • Paulo Barreto, University of Washington Tacoma, USA
  • Jean-Francois Biasse, University of South Florida, USA
  • Olivier Blazy, Ecole polytechnique, France
  • Claude Carlet (Co-chair), Université Paris 8 & University of Bergen, France & Norway
  • Wouter Castryck, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Joan Daemen, Radboud University, The Netherlands
  • Maria Eichlseder, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Aurore Guillevic, Inria Nancy, France and Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Ryan Henry, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Takanori Isobe, University of Hyogo, Japan
  • Yunwen Liu, Cryptape Technology Co. Ltd, China
  • Subhamoy Maitra, Indian Statistical Institute, India
  • Kalikinkar Mandal (Co-chair), University of New Brunswick, Canada
  • Barbara Masucci, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Cuauhtemoc Mancillas-López, CINVESTAV-IPN, México
  • Bart Mennink, Radboud University, The Netherlands
  • Ruben Niederhagen, Academia Sinica and University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Svetla Nikova, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Colin O'Flynn, Canada
  • Stjepan Picek, Radboud University, The Netherlands
  • Elizabeth A. Quaglia, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
  • Haavard Raddum, Simula UiB
  • Vincent Rijmen (Co-chair), KU Leuven, Belgium and University of Bergen, Norway
  • Matthieu Rivain, CryptoExperts, France
  • Raghav Rohit, Technology Innovation Institute, UAE
  • Yann Rotella, Universit ́e de Versailles Saint-Quentin, France
  • Yu Sasaki, NTT Social Informatics Laboratories, Japan
  • Palash Sarkar, Indian Statistical Institute, India
  • Nicolas Sendrier, Inria, France
  • Benjamin Smith, Inria and Ecole polytechnique, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, France
  • Sujoy Sinharoy, Graz University Of Technology, Austria
  • Douglas Stebila, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Katsuyuki Takashima, Waseda University, Japan
  • Yosuke Todo, NTT Social Informatics Laboratories, Japan
  • Yuntao Wang, Osaka University, Japan
  • Wen Wang, Intel Labs, USA

  • Claude Carlet, Université Paris 8, France , France & University of Bergen, Norway
  • Kalikinkar Mandal, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada
  • Vincent Rijmen, KU Leuven, Belgium & University of Bergen, Norway

General enquiries about SAC 2023, including requests for invitation letters and questions about registration, should be sent to

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