NIST Nomination Deadline: Candidate Algorithms for Lightweight Cryptographic Standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) solicits nominations from any interested party for candidate algorithms to be considered for lightweight cryptographic standards. In recent years, there has been increased demand for cryptographic standards that are tailored for constrained devices. NIST has decided to create a portfolio of lightweight cryptographic algorithms, designed for limited use in applications and environments where cryptographic operations are performed by constrained devices that are unable to use existing NIST standards.

The submission requirements and the minimum acceptability requirements of a “complete and proper” candidate algorithm submission, as well as the evaluation criteria that will be used to appraise the candidate algorithms, can be found on the NIST Computer Security Resource Center website at:​Projects/​Lightweight-Cryptography.

Algorithms may be submitted electronically to, or by mail. More information on submission packages can be found at this Federal Register notice.

NSF Meeting: National Science Board

The National Science Board (NSB) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) will hold their quarterly meeting to pursue the goals and functions of NSF, as well as recommend and encourage the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of research and education in science and engineering.

The National Science Board has two important roles. First, it establishes the policies of NSF within the framework of applicable national policies set forth by the President and the Congress. In this capacity, the Board identifies issues that are critical to NSF's future, approves NSF's strategic budget directions and the annual budget submission to the Office of Management and Budget, and approves new major programs and awards. The second role of the Board is to serve as an independent body of advisors to both the President and the Congress on policy matters related to science and engineering and education in science and engineering. In addition to major reports, the NSB also publishes occasional policy papers or statements on issues of importance to U.S. science and engineering.

This meeting is open to the public. Public visitors must arrange for a visitor's badge at least 24 hours in advance by emailing your name and organizational affiliation to NSB. Find more information and an agenda on the meeting's event page.

A robot scientist will dream up new materials to advance computing and fight pollution

MIT Technology Review – A robot arm dips a pipette into a dish and transfers a tiny amount of bright liquid into one of many receptacles sitting in front of another machine. When all the samples are ready, the second machine tests their optical properties, and the results are fed to a computer that controls the arm.