[fc-announce] Call for Papers: Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2019

Ian Goldberg and Tyler Moore fc19chair at ifca.ai
Thu Jul 26 13:50:46 CEST 2018

                            Call for Papers

             Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2019

                 Twenty-Third International Conference
                          February 18–22, 2019
                       St. Kitts Marriott Resort
                               St. Kitts


Financial Cryptography and Data Security is a major international forum
for research, advanced development, education, exploration, and debate
regarding information assurance, with a specific focus on financial,
economic and commercial transaction security. Original works focusing on
securing commercial transactions and systems are solicited; fundamental
as well as applied real-world deployments on all aspects surrounding
commerce security are of interest. Submissions need not be exclusively
concerned with cryptography. Systems security, economic or behavioral
perspectives, and interdisciplinary efforts are particularly encouraged.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:

    * Access Control
    * Anonymity and Privacy
    * Applied Cryptography
    * Auctions and Mechanisms
    * Authentication and Identification
    * Behavioral Aspects of Security and Privacy
    * Biometrics
    * Certification and Audits
    * Cloud Computing and Data Outsourcing Security
    * Commercial Cryptographic Applications
    * Contactless Payment and Ticketing Systems
    * Digital Rights Management
    * Economics of Security and Privacy
    * Electronic Commerce Security
    * Electronic Crime and Underground Markets
    * Fraud Detection and Forensics
    * Game Theory for Security and Privacy
    * Identity Theft
    * Insider Threats
    * Legal and Regulatory Issues
    * Microfinance and Micropayments
    * Mobile Systems Security and Privacy
    * Phishing and Social Engineering
    * Privacy and Anonymity-enhancing Technologies
    * Reputation Systems
    * Risk Assessment and Management
    * Secure Banking and Financial Services
    * Smart Contracts and Financial Instruments
    * Smartcards, Secure Tokens and Secure Hardware
    * Social Networks Security and Privacy
    * Trust Management
    * Usability and Security
    * Virtual Goods and Virtual Economies
    * Voting Systems
    * Web Security

New this year: Since its founding in 1997, Financial Cryptography and
Data Security has published research on digital currencies. With the
explosion of interest in cryptocurrencies prompted by the introduction
of Bitcoin, research papers on cryptocurrencies have appeared in both
the main conference and, since 2014, the Workshop on Bitcoin and
Blockchain Research. In recognition of this burgeoning field, the FC
steering committee has decided to incorporate the workshop into the main
conference as a new blockchain track. As such, Financial Cryptography
and Data Security now serves as the premier venue for cryptocurrency and
blockchain research. Topics of interest for the blockchain track
include, but are not limited to:

    * Applications Using or Built on Top of Bitcoin
    * The Bitcoin Protocol and Extensions
    * Blockchain Applications
    * Case Studies (e.g., of adoption, attacks, forks, scams, …)
    * Cryptocurrency Adoption and Transition Dynamics
    * Digital Cash and Payment Systems
    * Distributed Ledgers
    * Economic and Monetary Aspects of Cryptocurrencies
    * Economics and/or Game Theoretic Analysis of Cryptocurrency Protocols
    * Forensics and Monitoring
    * Fraud Detection and Financial Crime Prevention
    * Legal, Ethical and Societal Aspects of (Decentralized) Virtual Currencies
    * Peer-to-Peer Networks
    * Permissioned and Permissionless Blockchains
    * Proof-of-work, -stake, -burn, and Virtual Mining
    * Real-world Measurements and Metrics
    * Regulation and Law Enforcement
    * Relation of Cryptocurrencies to Other Payment Systems
    * Transaction Graph Analysis
    * Usability and User Studies

The intent is that the blockchain track will not be in parallel to
either the rest of the conference proper, nor to the workshops. Papers
from the conference, whether in the blockchain track or not, will be
presented from Monday to Thursday of the conference week, without
parallel sessions to the extent possible.  The workshops, as in previous
years, will be held in parallel to each other on Friday.

                            Important Dates

Workshop proposal submission August 13, 2018
Workshop proposal            August 22, 2018
Paper registration           September 18, 2018 (firm!)
Paper submission             To be decided on September 18, 2018 (see below)
Paper notification           November 14, 2018
Poster and panel submission  November 23, 2018
Poster and panel             December 3, 2018
Final pre-proceeding papers  December 20, 2018
Conference                   February 18–22, 2019

Submissions are accepted until 11:59pm, UTC-11.

                  What's the deal with the deadline?!

New this year: A number of conferences, including this one in the past,
have had the habit of announcing one deadline, only to extend it by 3–7
days as the deadline approached, often citing fictitious "popular
requests" as an excuse. This year, the effect will be the same, but we
will be more transparent about the process.

All papers must be registered by Tue Sep 18, 2018. This means the
titles, authors, abstracts, topics, submission options, conflicts, etc.
(everything except the PDF of the paper itself) must be entered into the
submission system by this date. This date is firm and will not be

On September 17, 2018, we will announce (in this space) a block height
on the Bitcoin blockchain that we expect to be found the following day.
Once the block of that height is found and confirmed, let the last hex
digit of the hash of that block be L. Then the FC19 paper submission
deadline will be September (21+ceil(sqrt(L))), 2018. In table form:

                L                Paper submission deadline
                0                Sep 21, 2018
                1                Sep 22, 2018
                2, 3, 4          Sep 23, 2018
                5, 6, 7, 8, 9    Sep 24, 2018
                A, B, C, D, E, F Sep 25, 2018

When the paper submission deadline has been determined in this way, this
page will be updated, and that deadline will be firm. The program
chairs' interpretation of the above algorithm is final.

If this seems too bizarre to make sense of, then just pretend the paper
submission deadline is Sep 21, 2018, and you'll be fine.


Submissions are sought in the following categories: (i) regular papers
(15 pages LNCS format excluding references and appendices), (ii) short
papers (8 pages LNCS format in total), (iii) panel and workshop
proposals (2 pages), and (iv) posters (1 page).

The regular and short paper submissions must be anonymous, with no
author names, affiliations, acknowledgments, or obvious references. In
contrast, panel and workshop proposals and poster submissions must
include author names and affiliations.

Papers must be formatted in standard LNCS format and submitted as PDF
files. Submissions in other formats will be rejected. All papers must be
submitted electronically according to the instructions and forms found
here and at the submission site. For each accepted paper/poster the
conference requires at least one registration at the general or academic
rate, and paper authors must sign the IFCA copyright form when
submitting the final version.

Authors may submit only work that does not substantially overlap with
work that is currently submitted or has been accepted for publication to
a conference/workshop with proceedings or a journal. We consider double
submission serious research fraud and will treat it as such. In case of
doubt contact the program chairs for any clarifications at
fc19chair at ifca.ai.

Paper submissions should be uploaded through the conference submission
website, where authors should also report any conflicts with program
committee members. A for Papers   conflict exists if an author has the
same affiliation as a committee member, has ever acted as their PhD
supervisor or been supervised by them, or if they have been co-authors
on a paper within the past two years.

Poster submissions and panel proposals should be sent to
fc19chair at ifca.ai.

Papers that are submitted but ultimately not accepted to the main
conference may be considered for acceptance at one of the associated
workshops. If you would like to take advantage of this, please indicate
this preference when submitting your paper.

                        Regular Research Papers

Research papers should describe novel, previously unpublished 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.  Submissions are limited to 15 pages in
standard LNCS format excluding references and appendices. A total page
restriction may apply for the printed proceedings version. Committee
members are not required to read the appendices, so the full papers
should be intelligible without them. Regular papers must be anonymous
with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgments, or obvious

                              Short Papers

Short papers are also subject to peer review; however, the intention is
to encourage authors to introduce work in progress, novel applications,
and corporate/industrial experiences. Short papers will be evaluated
with a focus on novelty and potential for sparking participants'
interest and future research avenues. Short paper submissions are
limited to 8 pages in standard LNCS format in total. The paper title for
short papers should necessarily include the text "Short Paper:".
Accepted submissions will be included in the conference proceedings.
Short papers must also be anonymous with no author names, affiliations,
acknowledgments, or obvious references. The authors of some submissions
not accepted as regular research papers may be offered the option of
acceptance as a short paper.

                            Panel Proposals

We especially would like to encourage submissions of panel proposals.
These should include a brief description of the panel topics, as well as
of the prospective panelists. Accepted panel sessions will be presented
at the conference. Please feel free to contact us directly if you would
like to further discuss the suitability of a certain topic. Panel
submissions must not be anonymous and should be up to 2 pages, sent to
fc19chair at ifca.ai.


The poster session is the perfect venue to share a provocative opinion,
interesting established or preliminary work, or a cool idea that will
spark discussion. Poster presenters will benefit from a multi-hour
session to discuss their work, get exposure, and receive feedback from
attendees. Poster submissions should be a 1-page abstract (in the same
LNCS format) describing the poster. Please keep in mind that the poster
deadline is later than the main paper submission deadline. Poster
proposals must not be anonymous and should be sent to the posters chair
at fc19chair at ifca.ai.

                           Workshop Proposals

Proposals for workshops to be held at FC19 are also solicited. A
workshop can be full day or half day in length. Workshop proposals
should include: (i) a title; (ii) a call for papers; (iii) a brief
summary and justification, including how it would fit into the greater
FC scope; (iv) a (tentative) Program Committee and its Chair(s); (v)
one-paragraph biographies for key organizers; and (vi) the expected (or
previous, if the workshop has been held in previous years) number of
submissions, participants and acceptance rates. Workshop proposals must
not be anonymous and should be sent to fc19workshops at ifca.ai.

                            The Rump Session

FC19 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 minutes), 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 at the conference). 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 in the morning on the day of the session.

                            Student Stipends

IFCA is seeking funding to continue its program of financial support
specifically for students attending FC, and students are encouraged to
submit work in anticipation that funding will be found. Previous grants
prioritized students presenting at the conference or associated
workshops and students fresh to the field, but all students are
encouraged to apply. If you are interested in applying for stipend
support, please email the FC19 general chair at fc19general at ifca.ai with
subject line "student stipend" and a letter of support from your thesis
supervisor or home institution confirming your student status and
stating that a stipend would help make it possible for you to attend the

                             Program Chairs

    Ian Goldberg          University of Waterloo, CA
    Tyler Moore           The University of Tulsa, USA

                           Program Committee

    Shashank Agrawal      Visa Research, US
    Ross Anderson         Cambridge University, UK
    Elli Androulaki       IBM Research - Zurich, CH
    Diego F. Aranha       Aarhus University, DK / University of Campinas, BR
    Frederik Armknecht    University of Mannheim, DE
    Foteini Baldimtsi     George Mason University, US
    Iddo Bentov           Cornell Tech, US
    Alex Biryukov         University of Luxembourg, LU
    Jeremiah Blocki       Purdue University, US
    Rainer Böhme          Universität Innsbruck, AT
    Joseph Bonneau        New York University, US
    Alvaro A. Cardenas    University of Texas at Dallas, US
    Pern Hui Chia         Google, CH
    Sonia Chiasson        Carleton University, CA
    Nicolas Christin      Carnegie Mellon University, US
    Jeremy Clark          Concordia University, CA
    Gaby Dagher           Boise State University, US
    George Danezis        University College London, UK
    Matteo Dell'Amico     Symantec Research Labs, FR
    Maria Dubovitskaya    IBM Research - Zurich, CH
    Benjamin Edwards      IBM Research, US
    Tariq Elahi           KU Leuven, BE
    William Enck          North Carolina State University, US
    Ittay Eyal            Technion, IL
    Antonio Faonio        IMDEA Software, ES
    Simone Fischer-Hübner Karlstad University, SE
    Bryan Ford            EPFL, CH
    Stephanie Forrest     Arizona State, US
    Juan Garay            Texas A&M University, US
    Christina Garman      Purdue University, US
    Matthew D. Green      Johns Hopkins University, US
    Rachel Greenstadt     Drexel University, US
    Jens Grossklags       Technical University of Munich, DE
    Feng Hao              Newcastle University, UK
    Ethan Heilman         Boston University, US
    Urs Hengartner        University of Waterloo, CA
    Ryan Henry            University of Calgary, CA
    Nicholas Hopper       University of Minnesota, US
    Philipp Jovanovic     EPFL, CH
    Ghassan Karame        NEC Laboratories Europe, DE
    Aniket Kate           Purdue University, US
    Stefan Katzenbeisser  Technische Universität Darmstadt, DE
    Florian Kerschbaum    University of Waterloo, CA
    Markulf Kohlweiss     University of Edinburgh, UK
    Aron Laszka           University of Houston, US
    Helger Lipmaa         University of Tartu, EE
    Wouter Lueks          EPFL, CH
    Kanta Matsuura        The University of Tokyo, JP
    Travis Mayberry       US Naval Academy, US
    Patrick McCorry       King's College London, UK
    Catherine Meadows     US Naval Research Laboratory, US
    Ian Miers             Cornell Tech, US
    Andrew Miller         University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
    Malte Möser           Princeton University, US
    Satoshi Obana         Hosei University, JP
    Olya Ohrimenko        Microsoft Research, UK
    Simon Oya             University of Vigo, ES
    Elizabeth A. Quaglia  Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
    Stefanie Roos         TU Delft, NL
    Reihaneh Safavi-Naini University of Calgary, CA
    Kazue Sako            NEC, JP
    Max Schuchard         University of Tennessee, US
    abhi shelat           Northeastern University, US
    Douglas Stebila       University of Waterloo, CA
    Luke Valenta          University of Pennsylvania, US
    Marie Vasek           University of New Mexico, US
    Marko Vukolic         IBM Research - Zurich, CH
    Eric Wustrow          University of Colorado Boulder, US
    Zhenfeng Zhang        Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN
    Aviv Zohar            The Hebrew University, IL

This conference is organized annually by the International Financial
Cryptography Association.

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