2002 Conferences

The 6th Workshop on Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC 2002)

University of Essen, Essen, Germany
September 23, 24 & 25, 2002
Fourth Announcement: August 12, 2002

The full version of this announcement is available here.

ECC 2002 is the sixth in a series of annual workshops dedicated to the study of elliptic curve cryptography and related areas. The main themes of ECC 2002 will be:

  • The discrete logarithm and elliptic curve discrete logarithm problems.
  • Efficient parameter generation and point counting.
  • Provably secure cryptographic protocols for encryption, signatures and key agreement.
  • Efficient software and hardware implementation of elliptic curve cryptosystems.
  • Deployment of elliptic curve cryptography.
It is hoped that the meeting will continue to encourage and stimulate further research on the security and implementation of elliptic curve cryptosystems and related areas, and encourage collaboration between mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers in the academic, industry and government sectors.

There will be 15 invited lectures (and no contributed talks), with the remaining time used for informal discussions. There will be both survey lectures as well as lectures on latest research developments.

Sponsors: Organizers: Confirmed Speakers:
  • Dan Bleichenbacher   (Lucent Technologies, USA)
  • Jens Franke   (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Steven Galbraith   (Royal Holloway College, UK)
  • Nils Gura   (Sun Microsystems Laboratories, USA)
  • Kiran Kedlaya   (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Thorsten Kleinjung   (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Alan Lauder   (Oxford University, UK)
  • Ansgar Lohoff   (CV Cryptovision, Germany)
  • Kumar Murty   (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Kim Nguyen   (Philips Semiconductors GmbH, Germany)
  • Phong Nguyen   (ENS, Paris, France)
  • David Pointcheval   (ENS, Paris, France)
  • Takakazu Satoh   (Saitama University, Japan)
  • Gerhard Schabhueser   (BSI, Germany)
  • Rene Schoof   (University of Rome, Italy)
  • Emmanuel Thome   (Ecole Polytechnique, France)
  • Frederik Vercauteren   (University of Bristol, UK)
Conference Program
The tentative titles of the lectures are:
  • Bleichenbacher    On the generation of DSA one-time keys
  • Franke/Kleinjung    Recent progress in GNFS factorization
  • Galbraith    Supersingular curves and the Tate pairing
  • Gura    An end-to-end systems approach to elliptic curve cryptography
  • Kedlaya    p-adic cohomology and the computation of zeta functions
  • Lauder    Computing zeta functions of hyperelliptic curves via L-functions of character sums
  • Lohoff    Secure implementation of public key algorithms on smartcard processors
  • Murty    The number of points on an Abelian variety over a finite field
  • Kim Nguyen    ECC - the state of the art in smart card environments
  • Phong Nguyen    Lattice-based cryptography : An overview
  • Pointcheval    About security proofs in the discrete logarithm setting
  • Satoh    On an algorithm for finding fixed point of certain contraction maps and its application to point counting
  • Schabhueser    How to find the "socially accepted" minimal keylength for Digital Signature Algorithms
  • Schoof    Computing Arakelov class groups
  • Thome    Computing discrete logs in large characteristic 2 finite fields
  • Vercauteren    Extensions of Kedlaya's algorithm
There will be a registration fee this year of Euro 150 or $150 US (Euro 75 or $75 US for participants affiliated with a university). PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THIS WORKSHOP; REGISTRATION IS ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVE BASIS. The deadline for registration has been set to Friday, September 14. To register, complete, in full, the attached REGISTRATION FORM and return it by e-mail to ecc@exp-math.uni-essen.de or by mail to:
Mrs. Julia Thiemann
Institute for Experimental Mathematics
Ellernstrasse 29
45326 Essen Germany
Phone: +49/201/183-7656
Fax: +49/201/183-7669

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Essen is situated approximately 30 km from Duesseldorf International Airport and about 250 km from Frankfurt Airport. Participants should plan to arrive on September 22 to be able to attend the lectures on Monday morning.

Duesseldorf Airport to Essen Hauptbahnhof (main station):
From any of the terminals take the free airport shuttle to the train station (Flughafen bahnhof). From there you can buy a "zone C" ticket for Euro 7.10 and you must remember to validate (time stamp) the ticket before boarding the train. There are plenty of trains from this station to Essen HBF. The Zone C ticket is valid on S-Bahn, RE and IR trains. If you take an Intercity train then you will have to pay a higher fare but this can be bought from the conductor on the train.

Note that there is an airport in Monchengladbach which is also called "Duesseldorf airport" and which is served by a few smaller airlines within Europe. One can also get to Essen from this airport by using the S-bahn, but the journey time is longer (about 2 hours).

Frankfurt Airport to Essen Hauptbahnhof (main station):
There is a train (InterCity) which goes directly from Frankfurt/Main Airport to "Essen Hauptbahnhof". There is one train an hour. the journey takes approximately 3 hours and costs around Euro 60. An exact timetable for these (and other) trains can be found here. Tickets may be purchased at the station or on the train. Another possibility is to take suburban train (S-Bahn) S8 to Mainz and then change to an Essen train. For special trains (e.g. Inter-City) it is necessary to pay a supplement.

Essen Hauptbahnhof (main station) to the University of Essen:
To walk from Essen Hauptbahnhof to the University of Essen takes around 20-25 minutes. It is also possible to take the underground trains U11 and U17 direction "Altenessen" and get off at the "Universitaet Essen" stop. On the underground it is necessary to buy a ticket in advance and validate (time stamp) it either before entering the platform or immediately upon boarding the train.

Maps of the region, city and university can be found here.

There is a limited block of rooms set aside on a first-come first-serve basis at five mid-range hotels in Essen: "Korn", "Atelier", "Europa", "Lindenhof" and "REMA". All these hotels are close to both the Essen main station and the University of Essen and can easily be reached by public transport. Breakfast is included. We ask you to make your hotel reservations with us.

In all five hotels, the price is Euro 64 for a single room and Euro 84 for a double room. You can also book single rooms with a large bed ("grand lit"), the price for these rooms is Euro 72 per night. If you prefer such a room, please indicate on the registration form. If all the single rooms for Euro 64 are booked, we will automatically reserve a single room with "grand lit" for Euro 72 for you.

Further Information
Further local information including detailed maps, addresses of hotels, and tourist information is available here.

If you did not receive this announcement by email and would like to be added to the mailing list for the fourth announcement, please send email to ecc2002@math.uwaterloo.ca.

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