From left: Associate Prof Wang Huaxiong, Assistant Prof Guo Jian and NTU Provost Prof Ling San
Three faculty members from NTU's School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS) recently helped organize Asiacrypt 2021, the 27th Annual International Conference on the Theory and Application of Cryptology and Information Security, which was successfully held virtually from December 6 to 10, 2021. Assistant Professor Guo Jian was the conference's General Chair, Associate Professor Wang Huaxiong was a Program Co-Chair, and Professor Ling San (who is also the NTU Provost) served as an advisor to the organizing committee.
Asiacrypt is one of the flagship conferences sponsored by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). Originally planned to take place physically in Singapore, the event was converted to a virtual conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The conference received 341 submissions, among which 95 were selected and 3 awarded best paper prizes. The programme also featured an IACR Distinguished Lecture delivered by Professor Andrew Chi-Chih Yao (Turing Award 2000 and Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology in 2021) and invited talks by Professor Kazue Sako (Kyoto University) and Professor Yu Yu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University). The event attracted 696 registrations, a significant increase from the usual 400 attendees of the original physical conference.