Notifications for Asiacrypt 2009 went out this week. (The list of accepted papers is not public yet; I will post a link once it is.)
Feel free to gripe about any rejected papers here. =)
Apparently, competition was really tough this year. I heard from more than one person that good papers (in one case, a paper I thought was a definite accept) were rejected. (I had a paper with three very positive reviews and one neutral review rejected.) In an email, the program chair said that there were roughly 300 submissions, and so many good ones that the committee decided to accept more papers than usual (42 as compared to 33 the previous year), even at the expense of giving up a slot for an invited talk. Even with this, the acceptance rate was a paltry 14%.
I’m having a hard time figuring out why there were so many (good) papers submitted. Crypto this year had roughly 225 submissions, and if I recall correctly Eurocrypt had around the same or slightly lower. Given my earlier post arguing that the crypto community publishes too many papers, and that we have too many conferences (both of which I still believe to be true), where did all these (good) papers come from?
It’s fair to say that, although Asiacrypt is one of the “flagship” IACR conferences, it has a reputation as being a tier below Crypto/Eurocrypt. Over the past few years, however, I think Asiacrypt has become much stronger while Eurocrypt, in particular, has become a bit weaker. (Is the high submission count to Asaicrypt a reflection of this?) This is just my own opinion; I’d be interested to hear what others think.
The problem for me with Asiacrypt is that it’s too difficult/expensive for me to travel to it. I have never previously attended Asiacrypt, though I am hoping to this year.
Addendum (Aug. 15): Looking at the stats here shows that the submission numbers were literally off the charts: 300 submissions is close to the all time high (for Asiacrypt) of 314 submissions, and in no other years did Asiacrypt have more than 240 submissions. The all-time highs for Crypto and Eurocrypt are 220 and 206 submissions, respectively.
One more observation: Eurocrypt submissions this year were historically low, and I think this was in part due to the very early submission deadline for Eurocrypt this year. So maybe some papers that (in other years) would have gone to Eurocrypt were sent to Asiacrypt this year instead.