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EAI AC3 2021 will be held as a fully-fledged online conference.

In 2020, EAI successfully launched an online conference format to ensure the safetycomfort and quality of experience for attendees and a successful course of the events, all while retaining fully live interactionpublication and indexing. Due to the unrelenting global pandemic, this will also be the case in 2021.
Although we will miss having everyone meet and connect in person, we feel strongly that knowledge exchange must continue, if not more so. That is why we have equipped our online conferences with live viewing with chatvirtual Q&A, and a multitude of other measures to provide you with a great experience. Learn more about EAI’s online conferences.


AC3 is an annual conference focusing on the area of applied cryptography in computer and communication systems. The conference encourages submissions on all technical aspects of applied cryptography, including symmetric cryptography, public-key cryptography, cryptographic protocols, cryptographic implementations, cryptographic standards and practices. The conference also encourages submissions on using cryptography to solve real-world problems in Internet of things, cyber-physical systems, edge computing, cloud computing, data science, information-centric networking, etc.

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The works that will be presented at the conference will focus on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Symmetric cryptographic primitives
  • Public key cryptography
  • Lightweight cryptography
  • Post-quantum cryptography
  • Cryptanalysis
  • Searchable encryption
  • Authentication and identification protocols
  • Cryptographic privacy protection techniques
  • Blockchain cryptographic primitives
  • Cryptographic protocol implementation
  • Cryptographic standards and legal regulations
  • Side channels and preventions
  • Cryptographic key attacks and defense
  • Cryptographic hardware
  • Applied cryptography in IoTs/CPS
  • Applied cryptography in edge computing
  • Applied cryptography in cloud computing
  • Applied cryptography in information-centric networking
  • Applied cryptography in software-defined networking
  • Applied cryptography in big data and artificial intelligence


All registered papers will be submitted for publishing by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library.

Proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in leading indexing services, Ei Compendex, ISI Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

Selected papers, after being extended, will be recommended to be published in a special issue of Cybersecurity.

All accepted authors are eligible to submit an extended version in a fast track of:

Additional publication opportunities:

Paper submission

Papers should be submitted through EAI ‘Confy+‘ system, and have to comply with the Springer format (see Author’s kit section).

All conference papers undergo a thorough peer review process prior to the final decision and publication. This process is facilitated by experts in the Technical Program Committee during a dedicated conference period. Standard peer review is enhanced by EAI Community Review which allows EAI members to bid to review specific papers. All review assignments are ultimately decided by the responsible Technical Program Committee Members while the Technical Program Committee Chair is responsible for the final acceptance selection. You can learn more about Community Review here.

Important dates – Updates!

The deadlines follow AoE Time Zone

Late Track (Updates!)

Full Paper Submission deadline
3 March 2021
Notification deadline
15 March 2021  20 March (new date!)
Camera-ready deadline
5 April 2021
Video submission deadline
9 April 2021

Workshop Tracks 

Paper Submission deadline
4 January 2021 11 February 2021
Notification deadline
8 March 2021
Camera-ready deadline
22 March 2021
Video submssion deadline
29 March 2021

Main Track  

Full Paper Submission deadline
15 November 2020  7 January 2021
Notification deadline
8 February 2021
Camera-ready deadline
8 March 2021
Video submission deadline
15 March 2021
Start of Conference
15 May 2021
End of Conference
16 May 2021