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IACR business meeting minutes [May. 23rd, 2007|07:00 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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It's an hour long meeting, so this is far from everything that was said. I'm just reporting the information that I personally found new/interesting.

Andy Clark's term expires and he won't be running for president again.


  • Membership increase this year, mostly in workshop attendance. Conference attendance has been stable.
  • Strong financial position overall.
  • CHES is actually the biggest event in terms of income(!). Next up are Crypto and Eurocrypt, approximately equal (~200k). Everything else is much smaller.
  • Global income 783k.
  • The plan for the future is more risk, less registration fees (yay!) and more student stipends (yay!). Only about 300 of the 1400 current members are students. Which is surprising and sad.
Moni's report was mostly a rehash of known information, such as optional anonymity, and zero PC papers.
  • Shai's software now uses a stable matching type algo for reviewer assignment (I'd be curious to know how that works.)
  • Some authors received comments before decision :-)
  • At least one case of double submission to another conference discovered by a common reviewer. (What's the matter with people??!!)
  • Interesting anonymity stats:
    • With names - 102 (26 accepted)
    • Anonymous - 71 (7 accepted)
  • Nobody put their names at the end of the paper as suggested in the FAQ.
Andy again:
  • Asiacrypt 2008: Melbourne, Australia
  • Comments from the floor: revulsion was expressed at US visa policies; but it's practically very difficult to move, so CRYPTO is probably not going to move.

[User Picture]From: hukuma
2007-05-23 05:46 pm (UTC)
I implemented a brain-dead stable matching algorithm for PET, but it worked well enough. I did include an optimization where I pick trades ordered by the most benefit, which improved the results slightly over purely random trades.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-05-23 06:09 pm (UTC)
I see. Is this a new concept? I've never heard this mentioned before today. Also, have you considered packaging your algo/software so other PCs can use it?
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[User Picture]From: helger
2007-05-23 06:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, more impressions please (and not only about the business minutes)!
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-05-23 06:20 pm (UTC)
I have a rant about the talks coming up :) For now I'll just say that the rump session was a total bomb.

Barcelona is pretty nice. Everyone is very friendly (although they don't smile :-). Didn't get to do much tourism so far -- still need to make slides for my ecrypt hash workshop talk. I did go to a bar and get drunk last night though.
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[User Picture]From: helger
2007-05-24 02:55 pm (UTC)
Bomb? (And yes, I am more interested in the professional news...)
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