2002 Conferences

10th CACR Information Security Workshop
Biometrics - The Foundation of Quick and Positive Authentication

May 8, 2002
Crowne Plaza Time Square, Manhattan, New York

Biometrics - The Foundation of Quick and Positive Authentication

In the wake of the events of September 11, in airports, government offices, power plants, and even sporting events, there is a need for the ability to provide reliable information quickly to identify oneself. One way to provide this quick and positive authentication of one's identity is through the use of a biometric. A biometric is an automated method of recognizing a person based on a physiological or behavioral characteristic. Utilizing biometrics for personal authentication is becoming convenient and more accurate than current methods. This is because biometrics links the event to a particular individual (a password or token may be used by someone other than the authorized user), is convenient (nothing to carry or remember), accurate (it provides for positive authentication), can provide an audit trail and is becoming socially acceptable and inexpensive.

This 10th CACR Information Security Workshop will cover topics related to the utilization of biometric solutions for airport security, strengthening national borders, utilizing biometrics for travel documents, visas and for preventing ID theft. Integration with other technologies such as smart cards, encryption keys and digital signatures will also be discussed.

The series of Information Security Workshops is organized by the University of Waterloo's CACR (Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research) (url: www.cacr.math.uwaterloo.ca) and has been established to provide a highly focused and content full program covering topics of interest to the sponsors' customers, potential customers and employees. The targeted attendee is an individual with a solid background in information security, with two plus years of experience in developing or deploying information security solutions for electronic commerce or other applications. This individual understands some of the issues and challenges (short term and long term) in this area and attends the workshop in order to gain exposure to different approaches (including specific vendor's approaches) or technology and understand the availability of such, thereby expanding the "tools" in his or her respective tool box.

This workshop is the 10th in the series. Agendas and presentations from previous workshops can be found here.


  • Alcatel Canada
  • Bioscrypt
  • Certicom Corp.
  • Communications Security Establishment, Canadian Federal Government
  • Pitney Bowes

  • Alfred Menezes
    Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research (CACR)
    University of Waterloo
  • Sherry Shannon-Vanstone
    Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research (CACR)
    and SVI Consulting Ltd.



May 8, 2002 (Wednesday)
Crowne Plaza Time Square REGISTRATION

There is no registration fee for guests invited by the sponsors (Alcatel Canada, Bioscrypt, Certicom, CSE, MITACS, and Pitney Bowes). The registration fee for other participants is as follows:
  • CAD $300 (USD $200).
  • For participants affiliated with an academic institution: CAD $150 (USD $100).
Please register as soon as possible as space is limited for this workshop; registration is on a first-come first-serve basis.

To register, complete, in full, the attached REGISTRATION FORM and return it along with your payment (if applicable) to:
Mrs. Frances Hannigan,
C&O Dept., University of Waterloo,
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1.
You may also register by email (fhannigan@math.uwaterloo.ca) or by phone (Frances Hannigan: 519-888-4027).

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The workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Time Square, 1605 Broadway, New York, NY.

A block of hotel rooms (under the name University of Waterloo/CACR) has been set aside for Tuesday, May 7 at the Crowne Plaza at the rate of $239.00 US plus tax until April 23, 2002. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel by calling 1-800-243-6969 (toll-free from USA only) or 212 977 4000. You can also email at info@cpmny.com. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Individual cancellations not made by 6:00 pm the day prior to arrival will result in a charge of one night's room and tax to the guest's credit card. No-shows will be charged. Please take a moment and take a tour of the Crowne Plaza Time Square.

Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan is located at Broadway and 49th Street, a stone's throw from Times Square in the heart of midtown and New York's exciting theater district. Nearby are the Trump Tower, the IBM building and the GE Tower. The New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street are a short subway or taxi ride away, as is the Statue of Liberty and the colorful shopping and dining areas of Soho, Greenwich Village, Little Italy and Chinatown.


From the airports: Shuttle, bus and taxi services are available from LaGuardia, JFK and Newark into Manhattan Train: Grand Central Station is approximately one mile from the hotel; Penn Station is approximately two miles Subway: The N, R, E, C, 1 and 9 subway lines are all within a one-block walk from the hotel

Distances To / From the Hotel
LaGuardia Airport (LGA) - 12 miles
JFK Airport (JFK) - 15 miles
Newark Airport (EWR) - 15 miles

For further information please contact:
Ms. Frances Hannigan
Department of Combinatorics & Optimization
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
e-mail: fhannigan@math.uwaterloo.ca
Fax: (519) 725-5441
Phone: (519) 888-4027

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