Cryptology at the Heart of Discussions at Al Akhawayn

07.11.2012

 

Ifrane, July 10, 2012 – Al Akhawayn University hosts and co-organizes the 5th International Africacrypt Conference on Cryptology in Africa, on July 10-12, 2012, in partnership with the Moroccan Association for Cryptography (AMC), under the auspices of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) and with support of the Region of Meknes-Tafilalet, Morocco. 

Africacrypt is an annual international conference on the theory and applications of cryptology. This year’s theme is Progress in Cryptology.

The aim of Africacrypt 2012 is to provide a platform for international practitioners and researchers from industry, academia, and government to engage in discussions on all forms of cryptography and its applications.

In his welcoming speech, President Ouaouicha, President of Al Akhawayn University said that  “The cyber landscape in Morocco has been undergoing accelerated changes over the past two years: Broadband wireless access is now readily available across the country; the laws and the corresponding application decrees for the adoption of electronic signatures in business transactions have been promulgated; a Certificate Authority was established less than a year ago;  the law governing  personal data protection has been favorably voted for; and cryptology is today regulated.”

Present at the opening ceremony of the Africacrypt 2012 conference were Professor Serge Vaudney, Chair of the Scientific Committee; Professor Abdellhak Azhari, President of the Moroccan Association for Cryptography ; and Professor Tajje-Eddine Rachidi, Co-General Chair of Africacrypt 2012, Associate Professor of Computer Science, and Associate Vice President for IT and Research at Al Akhawayn University.  

Over 26 talks are planned over the three days with three keynote speakers to share ideas on advances in technology. Marc Fischlin, Professor of Computer Science at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany; Craig Gentry, Researcher at IBM; and Willi Meier, Professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.

“As Africa is increasingly perceived as the land of opportunity for business and investment, and as technology is playing an ever growing role in these and other related transactions, Africacrypt 2012 is very timely and I am confident it will contribute to moving forward, and advancing research and practice in cryptology across our continent,” Said Driss Ouaouicha.

Africacrypt 2012 is an event in a series of sustained efforts by Al Akhawayn University to promote cyber confidence in the Moroccan cyberspace. Previous events include: The organisation of the first Regional Conference in Cyber Security in 2009; the support to the Moroccan government in the implementation of the application decree related to the control of cryptography use; the establishment of a master’s program in Information Systems Security; the promotion of professional certification in security management among staff and faculty members; and the encouragement of Al Akhawayn University students to excel in national cyber security challenges.

 ““Although the conference aims at providing a venue for African researchers and practitioners in the field of cryptology to submit and share their works, a large number of participants comes from outside of Africa making this conference truly international,” said Professor Tajje-Eddine Rachidi. “12 submissions were co-authored by Moroccan researchers, and 3 of them were accepted and will be presented before an audience of 80 expert researchers representing academia, the public sector, and the industry”. 

Previous annual conferences took place in Dakar, Senegal, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Gammarth, Tunisia and Casablanca, Morocco. 

For more information the Africacrypt Conference please visit: http://www.aui.ma/africacrypt2012/