We are saddened by the death of Scott A. Vanstone. Scott was instrumental in raising awareness for ECC and convincing the world of its benefits for applications. The ECC workshop series would not exist without Scott. In 1997, he and Alfred Menezes organized a workshop in Waterloo, the "Workshop on the Elliptic Curve Discrete Logarithm Problem" which was a big success and started the ECC series.
We honored Scott at ECC 2010 by presenting him an award for "Seminal contributions to research, development, standardization and commercialization of elliptic curve cryptography." The award ceremony and Scott's acceptance speech are online. Scott tells in his own words his journey since the early days of cryptography to widespread adoption of ECC in all kinds of electronic devices. He closed his speech with the words
We can do Suite B on this, by just changing the key size. So anyway, ECC is here to stay and I'm honored and proud to be part of this history. I hope it continues. It's been a wonderful ride, and I can't thank the organizing committee enough for bestowing this great honor upon me. Thank you very much.
Thank you, Scott, for getting us started on this ride. We will miss you but will continue it without you.
The IACR has published a long obituary for Scott. Scott was a fellow of the IACR "For essential work on the deployment of Elliptic Curve Cryptography, sustained educational leadership in applied cryptology, and service to the IACR."
ECC is an annual workshops dedicated to the study of elliptic curve cryptography and related areas. Since the first ECC workshop, held 1997 in Waterloo, the ECC conference series has broadened its scope beyond elliptic curve cryptography and now covers a wide range of areas within modern cryptography. For instance, past ECC conferences included presentations on hyperelliptic curve cryptography, pairing-based cryptography, side-channel attacks, voting protocols, quantum key distribution, AES, hash functions, and implementation issues.
The ECC Workshops has invited presentations only. Presentations tend to give an overview on emerging or established areas of modern cryptography, often combined with new research findings.
The steering committee coordinates the ECC workshops, solicits proposals of venues for upcoming workshops, and provides guidance for forming the program committees. The local organizer of an ECC workshop is responsible for running the workshop and also assumes all financial responsibilities for the workshop.