3rd NESSIE Workshop

November 6-7, 2002

Siemens AG, Munich, Germany

General Information

NESSIE (New European Schemes for Signature, Integrity, and Encryption) is a 3-year research project (2000-2002) within the Information Societies Technology (IST) Programme of the European Commission. The project intends to put forward a portfolio containing the next generation of cryptographic primitives. These primitives will offer a higher security level than existing primitives, and/or will offer a higher confidence level, built up by an open evaluation process. Moreover, they should be better suited for the constraints of future hardware and software environments. In order to reach this goal, the project has launched an open call; in response to this call, 39 primitives have been received, many of these from major players. More details on the project and on the submissions are available at

Open workshops form an essential part of the NESSIE evaluation process. The first workshop was held on November 13-14, 2000 in Leuven, Belgium. At this workshop, the submissions have been presented together with some very preliminary evaluation results.

The 2nd workshop was held on September 12-13, 2001 in London, UK. It was focused on the evaluation of the submitted primitives and concluded the first evaluation phase of the project. Based on the result of this workshop, a subset of primitives has been selected to be the subject of further evaluation during the second phase of the NESSIE evaluation process.

The 3rd workshop will focus on the evaluation of those primitives, listed in the public document D18 available on NESSIE web site; it will conclude the evaluation of the primitives submitted to NESSIE. Based on the result of this workshop, the NESSIE consortium will make recommendation to the public and to standard bodies.

A final 4th workshop will be held on February 26-27, 2003 in Lund, Sweden (just after the FSE 2003 workshop), and will conclude the NESSIE project and disseminate its results.

Instructions for Authors

Interested parties are invited to submit contributions on all aspects of the NESSIE evaluation process. More in particular, papers are invited on the security and performance of all the NESSIE primitives. We particularly encourage submissions that compare security and performance of different primitives within one class and comparisons with published standards. We also welcome general papers on security and performance requirements, intellectual property issues, and standardization issues.

Submissions should be received electronically on or before September 18, 2002. The electronic submission procedure is described in detail at The preferred format is PostScript, but Portable Document Format (PDF) and Microsoft Word format will also be supported. It is recommended that submissions be processed in LaTeX according to Springer-Verlag's instructions. They should use at least 11-point fonts and have reasonable sized margins. The paper must not exceed 15 pages in length (including appendices). Additional supportive information may be provided through a web link in the paper. Submissions should begin with a title, authors' names and affiliations, a short abstract, and a list of keywords. The introduction should summarize the contributions of the paper at a level appropriate for a non-specialist reader. Authors should indicate clearly whether their contributions have been submitted or presented elsewhere. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the workshop.

Workshop record

A workshop record will be made available to participants. Currently there are no plans to publish the final version of the papers in proceedings. However, NESSIE plans to publish in Springer-Verlag's Lecture Notes in Computer Science a book that summarizes the results of the project. Original high quality papers that are presented at NESSIE workshops and that have not been submitted or published elsewhere will be included in that book.

Important Dates
Paper Submission September 18, 2002
Notification of acceptance October 15, 2002
Final paper for preproceedings October 24, 2002
The workshop November 6-7, 2002

General Chair

Markus Dichtl,
Siemens AG

Program Committee

Louis Granboulan (ENS, France), chair,
Steve Babbage (Vodafone, UK)
Alex Biryukov (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
Markus Dichtl (Siemens AG, Germany)
Orr Dunkelman (Technion, Israel)
Henri Gilbert (France Telecom, France)
Helena Handschuh (Gemplus, France)
Lars Knudsen (University of Bergen, Norway)
Sean Murphy (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
Phong Nguyen (ENS, France)
Bart Preneel (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
Jean-Jacques Quisquater (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
Francesco Sica (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)


The NESSIE project is funded through the Information Societies Technology (IST) Programme of the
European Commission under contract IST-1999-12324.

Last updated September 12, 2002