Workshop Goals

This workshop is a forum of mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers and physicists performing research on finite field arithmetic, interested in communicating the advances in the theory, applications, and implementations of finite fields. The workshop will help to bridge the gap between the mathematical theory of finite fields and their hardware/software implementations and technical applications.

WAIFI 2012 will be held in Bochum, Germany

Conference venue and other local information is found here.

Main Workshop Themes

The topics of WAIFI 2012 include but are not limited to:

  • Theory of finite field arithmetic:

    • Bases (canonical, normal, dual, weakly dual, triangular ...)
    • Polynomial factorization, irreducible polynomials
    • Primitive elements
    • Prime fields, binary fields, extension fields, composite fields, tower fields ...
    • Elliptic and Hyperelliptic curves

  • Hardware/Software implementation of finite field arithmetic:

    • Optimal arithmetic modules
    • Design and implementation of finite field arithmetic processors
    • Design and implementation of arithmetic algorithms
    • Pseudorandom number generators
    • Hardware/Software Co-design
    • IP (Intellectual Property) components
    • Field programmable and reconfigurable systems

  • Applications:

    • Cryptography
    • Communication systems
    • Error correcting codes
    • Quantum computing

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline (EXTENDED): March 5th, 2012
  • Acceptance notification: April 9th, 2012
  • Final Version due: April 23th, 2012
  • Workshop presentations: July 16-19, 2012

New announcement: Abstracts and Presentations (ASP) Session

Due to numerous requests, the Steering Committee of WAIFI is also announcing an additional session, which we call the Abstracts and Presentations (ASP) Session. In the spirit of Crypto Rump Session, the ASP Session allows the participants to submit abstracts which will be reviewed by a committee. The authors will then be invited to present their papers while their abstracts will appear in a separate booklet as "the ASP Session Abstracts", to be distributed during the workshop.

Everyone is invited to submit an abstract for the ASP Session of WAIFI 2012. The submission should begin with the title, the list of authors, the list of keywords followed by the 1/2-page abstract. The same author or the same group of authors may submit only one abstract. Also the submission should not exceed a single Letter/A4 page. Please submit a TEXT or PDF file.

The ASP Session Review Committee will quickly review your submission and respond to you in a timely manner. Please send your submission to:

  • Francisco Rodríguez-Henríquez (
  • Ferruh Ozbudak (

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline: June 15th, 2012
  • Acceptance notification: June 26th, 2012


The proceedings will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series in time for distribution at the workshop.

LNCS: Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science.