16th International Conference on

Cryptology And Network Security

(CANS 2017)

Hong Kong

November 29 - December 2, 2017

Overview of CANS 2017

The International Conference on Cryptology And Network Security (CANS) is a recognized annual conference, focusing on all aspects of cryptology, and of data, network, and computer security, attracting cutting-edge results from world-renowned scientists in the area.

CANS 2017 will be held in Hong Kong, organized by Department of Information Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Earlier editions were held in Taipei (01), San Francisco (02), Miami (03), Xiamen (05), Suzhou (06), Singapore (07), Hong Kong (08), Kanazawa (09), Kuala Lumpur (10), Sanya (11), Darmstadt (12), Parary (13), Crete (14), Marrakesh (15), and Milan (16). CANS 2017 is held in cooperation with the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR).

The conference date of CANS 2017 puts it before IACR AsiaCrypt 2017 in Hong Kong. ICITS 2017 (International Conference on Information Theoretic Security) will be tentatively held in Hong Kong around the same time. This is a wonderful opportunity to attend three excellent conferences in a trip!

All accepted papers will be presented at the conference and will appear in the conference proceedings, which will be published by Springer in the LNCS series.

Topics of Interests

Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to):

Access Control
Anonymity & Pseudonymity
Applied Cryptography
Attacks & Malicious Code
Authentication, Identification
Block & Stream Ciphers
Cryptographic Algorithms
Cryptographic Protocols
Cyberphysical Security
Data and Application Security
Data and Computation Integrity
Data Protection
Denial of Service Protection
Distributed Systems Security
Embedded System Security
Formal Methods for Security
Hash Functions
Identity Management
(Future) Internet Security
Key Management
Language-Based Security
Malware Analysis and Detection
Mobile Security
Multicast Security
Network Security
Peer-to-Peer Security Privacy
Public Key Cryptography
Security Architectures
Security Metrics
Security Models
Security Policies
Security and Privacy for Big Data
Security and Privacy in the Cloud
Security in Content Delivery
Security in Crowdsourcing
Security in Grid Computing
Security in the Internet of Things
Security in Location Services
Security in Pervasive Systems
Security in Social Networks
Sensor Network Security
Spam & SPIT Protection
Trust Management
Usable Security
Virtual Private Networks
Wireless and Mobile Security
Security in FinTech

Special Track: Security in FinTech

As happening in one of the world's most significant financial centres, CANS 2017 aims to bring together the people working on the security aspect of fintech. Topics include but are not limited to the following are especially welcomed:

Consensus protocols
Anonymity for Cryptocurrencies and signatures
Cryptographic protocols for FinTech
Smart contracts
Proof of work / proof of stake
FinTech application
Permissioned and permissionless blockchain
Novel attacks on existing protocols and platforms
Improvements to core cryptographic primitives

Authors Instruction

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. Papers offering original, high quality, unpublished research and implementation experiences are solicited for submission.

All submissions should follow the formatting instructions of the Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), since the time of submission.

Submitted papers should be at most 18 pages (using 10-point font), excluding the bibliography and well-marked appendices, and at most 22 pages total.
The abstract should be accessible to non-expert readers and any citation in the abstract should not refer to the reference lists. Ideally, it should be within 250 words.

Submissions must be anonymous (no author names, affiliations, acknowledgments, obvious references).

The conference will also consider short submissions of up to 8 pages (at most 10 pages with bibliography and appendices) for results that are preliminary or that simply require few pages to describe. We also welcome position papers.

*** Camrea-Ready Instruction ***
Papers must be submitted through www.easychair.org. All submissions must be written in English.

At least one author of every accepted paper must register to the conference by the early registration deadline indicated by the organizers. The paper of authors not registering will be removed from the proceedings. Authors have to present their own paper. We reserve the right to take punitive measures against authors not complying. Accepted papers will be published in LNCS and will be available at the conference.

*** Information for Copyright form ***
Title: Cryptology and Network Security - 16th International Conference, CANS 2017, Hong Kong SAR
Volume Editors: Sherman S.M. Chow and Srdjan Capkun

Important Dates

Submission deadline: July 25 August 5, 2017 (11:59 p.m. UTC-12 / Anywhere on Earth)
Notification: September 12 September 23, 2017
Camera-Ready: October 11, 2017


The conference will be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

Airport: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

Hotels: Hyatt (Nearest, next to University station, group discount available), Royal Park (Shatin, 2 MTR stations away, ~8 minutes)

Social events: There will be a welcome reception on Nov 29 evening and a banquet on Nov 30 night. Lunches and tea breaks are available for Nov 30 - Dec 2.
Venues are to be confirmed. The main technical program will start from Nov 30.

Local information:

Transportation: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/osp/pdf/SI_TransportationToCUHK.pdf, Bus services for tourists

Official languages of Hong Kong are Traditional Chinese and English. Over 95% of the residents speak Cantonese. English is the common language in international business. Most taxi drivers in Hong Kong know some English. Please have a few hundreds HK Dollars cash in handy when taking transportation. Octopus is widely deployed (not for taxi though).

Weather (current and 7-day forcast) can be checked from Hong Kong Observatory. The typical temperature range in winter is around 14-24°C.

Electric sockets in Hong Kong are of type British BS-1363 and operate at 220-240 volts.

For food, fun, culture, discounts, guidebook, planning app, and more: Discover Hong Kong

You may want to check the (local information) page of Sigcomm 13, ProvSec 14, and ISC 14, some recent conferences co-organized by Dept. of Information Engineering, CUHK.

If you got any question, please contact our general chair Kehuan Zhang.


Visa requirements are different according to each country. In general, all visitors to Hong Kong must have a passport that is valid for at least one month after the period of their intended stay in Hong Kong. However, documents issued to stateless persons must be valid for a minimum of two months after the period of intended stay. Visitors from most countries are not required to obtain visas and can stay for periods varying from 7 days to 180 days, depending on nationality.

Please check the web site of the Hong Kong Immigration Department (HKSAR Visa Requirements for Foreign Countries / Territories is under Part II) and the Chinese embassy or consulate to find out whether you need to apply for an entry visa to Hong Kong.

As part of the visa application process, you may be required to include a visa support letter. To request a visa support letter, register for the conference and then email your request to our general chair Kehuan Zhang, and include

  • Full name (as appeared on your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Complete postal mailing address
  • Telephone (and fax) number
  • Title of your paper (if you have any papers accepted)

Special Issues

Selected authors will be invited for submission to a special issue of some journals. Now we have:

We will also setup special issues on topics overlap with the areas (e.g., embedded system security) covered by CANS 2017. Details can be found here.

Conference Organization

Program Co-Chairs: Srđan Čapkun ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Sherman S. M. Chow The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
General Chair: Kehuan Zhang The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Publicity Co-Chairs: Reza Azarderakhsh Florida Atlantic University, USA
Aniello Castiglione University of Salerno, Italy
Aanjhan Ranganathan ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Qian Wang Wuhan University, China
Web-Chair: Sherman S. M. Chow The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Program Committee: Elli Androulaki IBM Research, Zürich, Switzerland
Frederik Armknecht University of Mannheim, Germany
Man Ho Au The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Lejla Batina Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Iddo Bentov Cornell University, USA
Igor Bilogrevic Google, Switzerland
Kevin Butler University of Florida, USA
Bogdan Carbunar Florida International University, USA
Aniello Castiglione University of Salerno, Italy
Yingying Chen Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Yu Chen Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Pietro Colombo University of Insubria, Italy
Bernardo David Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Adam Doupé Arizona State University, USA
Aurélien Francillon EURECOM, France
Arthur Gervais ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Jinguang Han University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Gerhard Hancke City University of Hong Kong
Amir Herzberg Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Vincenzo Iovino University of Luxembourg
Ramya Jayaram Masti Intel Corporation, USA
Florian Kerschbaum University of Waterloo, Canada
Aggelos Kiayias University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Kwangjo Kim KAIST, South Korea
Tancrède Lepoint SRI International, USA
Ming Li University of Arizona, USA
Yao Liu University of South Florida, USA
Zhe Liu University of Luxembourg
Matteo Maffei TU Vienna, Austria
Ivan Martinovic University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Daniel Masny UC Berkeley, USA
Rene Mayrhofer Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Tarik Moataz Brown University, USA
Refik Molva EURECOM, France
Antonio Nicolosi Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
C. Pandu Rangan Indian Institute of Technology Madra
Panos Papadimitratos KTH, Sweden
Stjepan Picek KU Leuven, Belgium
Michalis Polychronakis Stony Brook University, USA
William Robertson Northeastern University, USA
Pierangela Samarati Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Thomas Schneider TU Darmstadt, Germany
Dominique Schröder Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Stelios Sidiroglou-Douskos Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Elizabeth Stobert ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Willy Susilo University of Wollongong, Australia
Patrick Tague Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Nils Ole Tippenhauer Singapore University of Technology and Design
Patrick Traynor University of Florida, USA
Mayank Varia Boston University, USA
Ding Wang Peking University, China
Qian Wang Wuhan University, China
David J. Wu Stanford University, USA
Jiang Zhang State Key Laboratory of Cryptology, China
Yinqian Zhang The Ohio State University, USA
Yongjun Zhao The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Yunlei Zhao Fudan University, China
Hong-Sheng Zhou Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Steering Committee: Yvo Desmedt (Chair) University of College London, UK and University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Juan A. Garay Yahoo! Labs, USA
Amir Herzberg Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Yi Mu University of Wollongong, Australia
David Pointcheval CNRS and ENS Paris, France
Huaxiong Wang Nanyang Technical University, Singapore

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