International Conference on Historical Cryptology (HISTOCRYPT 2020)
June 15-17, 2020
Budapest, Hungary


The International Conference on Historical Cryptology (HistoCrypt
2020) invites submissions of long and short papers to its annual
conference on historical cryptology. The conference will be held in
June 15-17, 2020 at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest,
Hungary. Please mark your calendars.

HistoCrypt addresses all aspects of historical
cryptography/cryptanalysis including work in closely related
disciplines (such as history, history of ideas, computer science,
AI,(computational) linguistics, or image processing) that is
sufficiently formalized or applied, with relevance to historical
ciphertexts and codes.

We welcome everybody interested in the field of historical cryptology
(classical cryptography and cryptanalysis) to participate in the
event. We invite submissions to HistoCrypt, either short or long
paper, for presentation at the conference, which will be evaluated by
a program committee. The conference's subjects include, but are not
limited to:

+ the use of cryptography in military, diplomacy, business, and other areas
+ analysis of historical ciphers with the help of modern computerized methods
+ unsolved historical cryptograms
+ the Enigma and other encryption machines
+ the history of modern (computer-based) cryptography
+ special linguistic aspects of cryptology
+ the influence of cryptography on the course of history
+ teaching and promoting cryptology in schools, universities, and the public 

Participation in the conference is mandatory for at least one author
of each accepted paper.

Conference highlights

As part of the conference, we are happy to announce the invited
keynote speakers:

+ David Kenyon
Research Historian at Bletchley Park and Associate Lecturer in History
at Brunel University, author of the recently published Bletchley Park
and D-Day.

+ Liza Mundy
Journalist and author of the recently published Code Girls: The Untold
Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.

+ Prof. Gerhard F. Strasser
Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature, The
Pennsylvania University.


In connection to the conference a workshop on "The language of the Rohonc Codex" will be held on June 15, 2020. For more information, please visit


HistoCrypt 2020 represents a continuation of the highly successful
European Historical Ciphers Colloquiums (EuroHCC) held in Heusenstamm
(2012), Kassel (2016), and Smolenice (2017). Considering EuroHCC's
growing popularity among the crypto historians and cryptographers and
the established HICRYPT network on historical cryptology with over 100
members from 25 countries around the world, we established HistoCrypt
as an annual, international event. The first event in the series took
place in 2018 at Uppsala University, Sweden, and the second event was
held in Mons, Belgium in 2019.  


We invite paper submissions in three distinct tracks:

+ regular papers up to 10 pages (including references) on substantial,
  original, and unpublished research, including evaluation results,
  where appropriate;

+ short papers up to 4 pages (including references) on smaller,
  focused contributions, work in progress, negative results, surveys,
  tutorials, or opinion pieces;

+ short papers up to 4 pages (including references) on system
  demonstrations (demo), crypto-artifacts, such as books, crypto devices
  that you wish to demonstrate during the conference. For artifacts, a
  description of the need of space and security is required.

Presentations of accepted papers are either oral, poster, or demo,
which will be decided by the program committee.

Papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be included in
the HistoCrypt 2020 proceedings, which is published as part of the
Northern European Association for Language Technology (NEALT)
Proceedings Series
by Linköping University Electronic Press (ECP:,
as freely available Gold Open Access. Publications in the Linköping
Electronic Conference Proceedings are ranked on the Norwegian register
for scientific journals, series and publishers as Level 1
publications. Please consult the responsibilities of the authors
concerning publication ethics and malpractice statement as described
on the ECP website:
Paper submissions that violate these requirements will be returned
without review.  Schedule

+ Sunday, February 2, 2020: Submission of Papers
+ Monday, March 30, 2020: Notification of Acceptance
+ Thursday, April 30, 2020: Camera-Ready Manuscripts
+ June 15-17, 2020: Main Conference and workshops 

Submission formats

All submissions must follow the HistoCrypt 2020 style files, which are
available for LaTeX (preferred) and MS Word and can be retrieved from
the following address:

Submissions shall be anonymous, i.e. not reveal author(s) on the title
page or through self-references.

Papers must be submitted digitally, in PDF, and uploaded through the
on-line conference system. The page limits for submissions are: up to
ten pages for regular papers, up to four pages for short papers
including bibliographic references. Paper submissions that violate the
requirements will be returned without review.  Submission management

Submissions to the conference must follow the above requirements and
be uploaded electronically no later than:

    Sunday, February 2, 2020 23:59 CET

HistoCrypt utilizes the EasyChair conference management system for
submission, reviewing, and preparation of proceedings. Submission for
the conference will open December 1, 2019 at:

Program committee

Reviewing of submissions and selection of the conference program will
be managed by the HistoCrypt 2020 Program Committee. All submissions
will receive at least two double-blind reviews by experts in the

+ Beáta Megyesi (program chair), Uppsala University, Sweden
+ Carola Dahlke, Deutsches Museum, Germany
+ Bernhard Esslinger, University of Siegen, Germany
+ Benedek Láng, University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
+ George Lasry, The CrypTool Team, Germany
+ Dermot Turing, Kellogg College, Oxford, UK

To inquire about the submission and reviewing process or generally the scientific program of the conference, please email
Local organization

+ Benedek Láng (local chair)
+ Anna Lehofer

For all practical inquiries, please email to: