Call for Failures!
*This is an old version. Please stay tuned for the Call for Failures for 2021!
Do you have insightful and exciting work sitting in a drawer somewhere because it never quite panned out? Are you willing to share your failed approaches so that others can learn from them without having to re-travel the same road? Are you tired of reading papers that pretend the incremental result they happened to achieve was well-motivated and was their goal all along?
We are! That’s why we need a conference for papers that describe instructive failures or not-yet-successes, as they may prefer to be called.
The second Conference for Failed Approaches and Insightful Losses (CFAIL 2020) is seeking original papers in the field of cryptology that detail currently unsuccessful but insightful attempts to:
Prove a conjecture,
Disprove a conjecture,
Design a cryptographic algorithm or reduction,
Simplify a cryptographic algorithm or concept,
Cryptanalyze a cryptosystem,
Implement a cryptosystem,
Formulate a new security definition,
Systemize a collection of ad-hoc attacks,
Or any other task that is part of the practice of theoretical or applied cryptology, broadly construed.
Authors of accepted papers will be given 45 minutes for a presentation (not including Q&A) at CFAIL 2020, which will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2020. CFAIL 2020 will be held as an affiliated workshop of Crypto 2020. There will be no formal proceedings, but accepted papers will be available online before appearing at the conference. Talks will be recorded and also made available (subject to speaker permission). CFAIL 2020 will be held as a virtual conference - more details on the precise format of that will be coming soon.
There are no pesky page limits or formatting requirements. It is up to authors how they choose to engage the reviewing readers, who are not guaranteed to read or not read beyond any particular point. Clarity of exposition will be strongly taken into account. Submission files should not include author names, but it is understood that it may be necessary to reference attributed material elsewhere (e.g. in case of papers that describe a behind the scenes account of failures accompanying previously published successes).
Submission page: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cfail2020
Submission deadline: 11:59 pm EDT on May 17, 2020
Paper notification: July 1, 2020
Conference Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Please contact the general chair at with any inquiries.
The CFAIL 2020 Program Committee
Ghada Almashaqbeh, NuCypher
Diego Aranha, Aarhus University
Jean-Philippe Aumasson, Teserakt
Shivam Bhasin, NTU
Begül Bilgin, Rambus
Allison Bishop, Proof Trading (general chair)
Chitchanok Chuengsatiansup, University of Adelaide
Orr Dunkelman, University of Haifa
Virginie Lallemand, CNRS
Chloe Martindale, University of Bristol
Nicky Mouha, NIST (program chair)
Fabrice Mouhartem, IIT Madras
Håvard Raddum, Simula UiB
Angela Robinson, NIST
Mike Rosulek, Oregon State University
Aishwarya Thiruvengadam, TU Darmstadt