SAC 2016

Selected Areas in Cryptography
Conference and Summer School
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Selected Areas in Cryptography

The 23rd Conference on Selected Areas in Cryptography (SAC 2016) will be held at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada, on 10–12 August 2016.

Conference co-chairs:

  • Roberto Avanzi, Qualcomm
  • Howard Heys, Memorial University of Newfoundland


There are four areas covered at each SAC conference. Three of the areas are permanent:

  1. design and analysis of symmetric key primitives and cryptosystems, including block and stream ciphers, hash function, MAC algorithms, cryptographic permutations, and authenticated encryption schemes,
  2. efficient implementations of symmetric and public key algorithms and
  3. mathematical and algorithmic aspects of applied cryptology.

The special selected topic for SAC 2016 is:

  1. Side channel, fault and related attacks on symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic primitives and their countermeasures.

SAC Summer School (S3)

Once again this year, the conference will have associated with it, a 2 day summer school preceding the main conference. Detailed subjects will be selected from the four conference topics and leading researchers will be invited as speakers for the school. More details will follow in the upcoming weeks.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline 18 May 2016 (closed)
Modifications allowed until 22 May 2016 (closed)
Notification of decision 28 Jun 2016
Pre-proceedings deadline 18 Jul 2016
SAC Summer School 8–9 Aug 2016
Conference 10–12 Aug 2016

Conference Overview

The Selected Areas in Cryptography (SAC) conference series was initiated in 1994, when the first event was held at Queen’s University in Kingston. The SAC conference has been held annually since 1994 in various Canadian locations, including Burnaby, Calgary, Kingston, Montreal, Ottawa, Sackville, St. Johns, Toronto, Waterloo and Windsor. SAC 2016 is held in co-operation with the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), which is the leading professional organization for cryptographic research. The SAC proceedings are published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Sponsors and partners

Financial support for SAC 2016 has been graciously provided by:

Permission to use the banner image at the top of this page has been graciously provided by Shaun Killen Photography.


Non-visa Travel Authorization
23 May 2016

Under new rules from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, visitors to Canada without a visa may require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

Submission, registration pages
12 Apr 2016

The registration and submission pages have been posted.

Revised deadlines
2 Mar 2016

The deadline for submission to SAC 2016 has been extended to 18 May.