October 1, 2009

Innovation Award for Anonymous Credential System on Java Card

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 16:54 by Thomas Groß

At 30th of September 2009, the German society for computer science (Gesellschaft für Informatik, GI), the leading German non-profit organization for computer science research (comparable to the ACM in Germany), awarded our project to establish an anonymous credential system on a standard Java Card with the Innovation Award 2009.


This is an English translation of the award certificate:

Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI)Logo of the GI


Patrik Bichsel, Dr. Jan Camenisch,
Thomas Groß And Prof. Dr. Victor Shoup

the 2009 Innovation prize

The Smart Identity Card System, an autonomous, anonymous credential system developed by Patrik Bichsel, Dr. Jan Camenisch, Thomas Groß, and Prof. Dr. Victor Shoup at IBM Research – Zurich, offers strong authentication, unlinkability with secure keys in a low-resource solution. Despite the use of standard Java Cards (JCOP 41/v2.2), this innovation distinguishes itself from former proposals especially in the sense that it provides an enormous efficiency enhancement.

Business models which are based on electronic identity cards are being developed in numerous areas of daily life. However, they must ensure privacy, security and pragmatism in day-to-day life.

Innovations, such as this year’s award-winning research, promote the citizens’ trust in the protection of their data. In addition, they prevent – also through their design – the tracing as well as the creation of data profiles. Thus, they can strengthen the social acceptance of solutions, for instance, in the field of e-government.

With the Innovation Prize, Gesellschaft für Informatik honours hands-on innovations and patented inventions in the realm of computer science.


  • Prof. Dr. Rudolf Bayer, TU Munich
  • Prof. Dr. Gunter Dueck, IBM Stuttgart
  • Prof. Dr. José Encarnação, TU Darmstadt
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Jarke, RWTH Aachen (chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Mertens, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Lübeck, October 2009

gez. Professor Dr. Ing. Stefan Jähnichen

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