CCNY Hosts International Cryptography Conference, January 13 – 15

January 6, 2014 | City College

More than 350 experts from academia and private industry from nine countries will participate in the third Real World Cryptography Workshop, January 13 – 15 at The City College of New York. The event, to take place in The Great Hall of Shepard Hall, is hosted by CCNY’s Center for Algorithms and Interactive Scientific Software (CAISS) and the Grove School of Engineering.

“This event brings together cryptography researchers with developers implementing cryptography in real-world systems,” said Dr. Rosario Gennaro, director of CAISS and local chair of the organizing committee. “The main goal of the workshop is to strengthen the dialogue between these two groups.”

Many of the sessions will focus on uses of cryptography in real-world environments such as the Internet, the cloud, and embedded devices, he added.

Besides the United States, participants hail from Australia, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel and the United Kingdom. Major corporations represented include Microsoft, IBM, Google, Visa, MasterCard, Seagate and Square. Participating academic institutions, in addition to City College, include the Ecole Normale Superieure Paris, Bar-Ilan University (Israel), Queensland University of Technology (Australia), New York University, Stanford University, Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University.

The opening session is titled “Bitcoin,” and will have Dr. Arvind Naranayan, assistant professor of computer science, Princeton University, and Dr. Matthew D. Green, assistant research professor in computer science at Johns Hopkins as main speakers. It begins 9:30 a.m. Monday, January 13. Professor Gennaro said he expects they will engage in a lively debate on the “true” anonymity of this popular virtual currency.

Other sessions will discuss securing the Internet, practical multi-party computation and payment card systems.

Previous workshops were held at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, England, in 2012 and Stanford University in 2013.

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