iChair

What is iChair?

iChair is a powerful submission/review server software designed to help the program chair of a conference with:

  • submission collection
  • assignment of articles to reviewers
  • review collection
  • discussions
  • mailing to authors and reviewers
  • plenty of other things!

iChair was developed with a view to being as easy to install as possible. As a result, installation on a Linux box should be possible by anyone (even with only basic knowledge of server administration) in about one or two hours. It was developed in PHP5 and intended to run on an apache web server.

The developers

iChair was developed in the third quarter of 2005 by Thomas Baignères and Matthieu Finiasz at LASEC, EPFL. The first release of this software was intended for the Eurocrypt 2006 submission/review server. Serge Vaudenay (program chair of this conference) wanted some new features to be added to some existing software: it appeared that re-programming everything from scratch was easier and much more fun!

Many Thanks

We would like to thank Wim Moreau & Joris Claessens for their webreview software (from which we borrowed several good ideas!). We would also like to thank everyone who helped in testing iChair for their useful comments and new feature ideas. Among them, we want to address particular thanks to:

  • Serge Vaudenay
  • Gildas Avoine
  • Jean Monnerat
  • Martin Vuagnoux
  • Arjen K. Lenstra
  • Shai Halevi
  • Alex Biryukov
  • Florian Hess
  • Pascal Junod
  • The rest of the CrapOCrypt 2006 program committee
  • Clara (for keeping her dad awake and working)

Getting iChair

iChair is now a SourceForge project. There are three ways to get it:

  • The first way is to download the latest stable release using subversion. To do so, install a subversion client and checkout the latest release. For example, type
    svn co https://ichair.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/ichair ichair to download the current stable release.
  • The second way is to download the latest archive of the project (.tar.gz file) from here. We do our best to offer new tarballs each time a new stable release is available. If you definitely want to use the latest version of iChair, you should choose the subversion method to download it.
  • If none of the above methods works, you should contact me or Matthieu Finiasz.

The latest pdf version of the installation manual of iChair is available for download here.

iChair is free. If you want to use it, you should agree to have your conference listed on this page. You should not redistribute it yourself, this way everyone is ensured to have the latest version of iChair. You can modify its sources if you want (be careful not to insert too many bugs however), except for the about page.

Finally, if you want to thank the authors of iChair for their wonderful software, you can always offer them something from the following list:

  • Two (one each) Maserati Quattroporte
  • A 60" plasma television
  • An invitation (with all expenses paid) for two (or three) to your conference
  • Something typical from the region where the conference will be held
  • If everything else is too expensive but you really want to give them something: a copy of the conference proceedings

They have used iChair

Indocrypt 2012 · CT-RSA 2013 · Latincrypt 2012 · PARMA 2012 Workshop · ACISP 2012 · CT-RSA 2012 · Pairing 2012 · EUROCRYPT 2012 · Africacrypt 2012 · WEWoRC 2011 · Africacrypt 2011 · PARMA 2011 Workshop · PQCrypto 2011 · ASIACCS 2009 · ACNS 2009 · Trust 2009 · Inscrypt 2008 · Provable Security 2008 · I3E 2008 · CANS 2008 · AOM 2008 · IWSEC2008 · Pairing 2008 · ASIACRYPT 2008 · I3E 2008 · CECC 2008 · Parallel Architectures and Bioinspired Algorithms · LEC2007 · 10emes Journées de Caracterisation Microondes et Matériaux · WAIFI 2008 · WISTP 2008 · FSE 2008 · AfricaCrypt 2008 · ASIACCS '08 · ISPEC 2007 · CARDIS 2008 · ICITS · Kryptographie - Theorie und Praxis · FSE 2007 · Special Issue on Cryptography in Computer System Security · WISSec 2007 · Provable Security 2007 · International Conference on Information Theoretic Security · WCC 2007 · WAIFI 2007 · Cryptography and Coding 07 · WISTP 2007 · IWSEC 2007 · ACISP07 · CANS 2007 · Pairing 2007 · Inscrypt 2007 · PKC 2007 · SAC 2006 · Indocrypt 2006 · CANS 06 · VietCrypt 2006 · Inscrypt 2006 · ICISC 2006 · AsiaCrypt 2006 · CRYPTO 2006 · ANTS VII · ACISP 2006 · Eurocrypt 2006 ·