Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CARDIS 2015 in Bochum

CARDIS is the longest running international conference dedicated to smart card security. CARDIS started in 1994 and was held bi-annually until 2012. Starting in 2013, it was turned into a yearly event. This year's CARDIS was hosted by the ECRYPT member Ruhr University Bochum. The program co-chairs were Naofumi Homma from Tohoku University and Marcel Medwed from NXP, and the General Co-Chairs were Tim Güneysu, Amir Moradi and Christof Paar. There were 71 participants from 10 countries. The split between participants from academia and industry was roughly 44% vs. 56%. 

CARDIS 2015 had 40 submitted papers out of which 17 were accepted. The accepted papers span a wide spectrum of topics, including side-channel and fault attacks, implementation techniques, evaluation tools and Java cards. Two highlights were the invited talks by Sebastian Faust on Leakage Resilient Masking Schemes and by Brecht Wyseur on White-Box Cryptography for smart cards.

In addition to the technical program, the participants greatly enjoyed the social program. The first evening was spent visiting the Fiege brewery, which has cult-like status in Bochum, and the second night included a visit to the German Mining Museum and the gala dinner.

Text by Amir Moradi and Christof Paar.

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