11th edition of the Africacrypt Conference
Al Akhawayn University organizes in collaboration with the International Association for Cryptology Research (IACR) and with the support of Groupe OCP, AttijariBank, and Les Euax Minérales d’Oulmès the 11th edition of the Africacrypt conference (http://africacrypt2019.aui.ma) July 9-11, 2019, Ecole Mohammadia des Ingénieurs, Rabat, Morocco.
The conference seeks to promote the use and research in the field of cryptology in Africa in general, and in Morocco and the North and West Africa region in particular, as tool for trust in the cyberspace, leading to Development of the continent.
Like its predecessors, this edition will feature outstanding research presentations (acceptance rate is <30%) in areas as diverse as public key encryption, symmetric encryption, post-quantum public key encryption, authentication protocols, cryptanalysis, and last but not least, high performance implementations of encryption algorithms. The final program co-chaired by Prof. Johannes Buchmann (TU Darmstadt, Germany), Prof. Abderrahmane Nitaj (Caen Univ., France), and Prof. Tajjeeddine Rachidi from Al Akhawayn University is available on the website of the conference, and features two keynote speeches by two of the world most known scientists in the domain of cryptography, namely Martin R. Albrecht, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, and Sebastian Faust, TU Darmstadt, Germany.
It is worth mentioning that Al Akhawayn University, in its efforts to contribute to the promotion of cyber-security, had organized in 2009 the first Regional Conference on cyber-security in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and New Technologies in 2012, and the 5th, 8th and 10th editions of Africacrypt in 2012, 2016, and 2018 in collaboration with the IACR.
This year the conference sees more than 50 participants representing 25 different nationalities from academia, the private sector, and national and international governmental agencies debating around the recent progress in cryptology, particularly post-quantum cryptography.