Surrey Centre for Cyber Security

FutureDB - Distance-bounding: past, present, future A Cryptacus & Popstar Workshop

Date • Time

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 09:00 to Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 17:00


St. Michael’s Island, Azore Islands (co-located with Cryptacus 2018 Summer school, to be held there thereafter).



FutureDB’s explicit aim is to bring together theoreticians and practitioners, experts in attacks, protocol-design, (formal) security analysis, in order to discuss and shape the future research directions of distance bounding, which is the main mechanism to protect against the real-life threat of relay attacks. One of our main hopes is that bringing together all these subcommunities will lead everyone to at least better understand the real-life risks, device limitations, and subtleties of protocol design in this field.

If provably secure distance-bounding protocols were to be used in practice upon their idealised academic requirements, then the implementations thereof could not be easily achieved reliably: e.g., not in today's RFID, not for proximity checks of down to 10 cm. Other solutions exist in practice, which may be using the more costly electronics and/or more tightly regulated UWB. But, these practical solutions differ from the academic designs. FutureDB’s goals is to progress the area of distance bounding, by first understanding the gaps between theory and practice in this field, and then join the different efforts and ideas herein into a happy  medium.


  1. Faithful formalisms for distance bounding, enriched to consider practical aspects
  2. Practical implementations of variants of distance bounding and/or proximity-checking
  3. Experimental/empirical/practical assessment of the security of distance-bounding protocols, per specific implementations

Location and time   

  • St. Michael’s Island, Azore Islands (co-located with Cryptacus 2018 Summer school, to be held there thereafter)
  • 14-15 April 2018


  • 1st day: position papers and/or work-in-progress papers in this space &  invited talks
  • 2nd day: working groups, each discussing challenges in one of the themes above (each group would include both practitioners and theoreticians)

Confirmed invited speakers

  •  S. Capkun, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  •  G. Hancke, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 Organising committee

  • Gildas Avoine, University of Rennes, INSA Rennes, IRISA, Rennes, France
  • Ioana Boureanu, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
  • Stéphanie Delaune, University of Rennes, CNRS,  IRISA, Rennes, France
  • Cristina Onete, University of Limoges, Limoges, France


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Contact us

For questions regarding the workshop, the programme, or other practical information, please feel free to contact the following organiser:

Ioana Boureanu