Elliptic Curve Cryptography and Applications
Student No.:50
Time:13:30-14:30 (Fri.), 2014-8-1
Instructor:Kristin Lauter  [Microsoft Research]
Place:Lecture hall, Floor 3, Jin Chun Yuan West Building
Starting Date:2014-8-1
Ending Date:2014-8-1

Abstract: In the last 25 years, Elliptic Curve Cryptography has become a mainstream primitive for cryptographic protocols and applications. This talk will give a survey of elliptic curve cryptography and its applications, including applications of pairing-based cryptography which are built with elliptic curves. No prior knowledge about elliptic curves is required for this talk. One of the information-theoretic applications I will cover is a solution to prevent pollution attacks in content distribution networks which use network coding to achieve optimal throughput. One solution is based on a pairing-based signature scheme using elliptic curves. I will also discuss some applications to privacy of electronic medical records, and implications for secure and private cloud storage and cloud computing.

Bio: Kristin Lauter is a Principal Researcher and Research Manager for the Cryptography group at Microsoft Research and an Affiliate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Washington. Her research interests include algorithmic number theory, elliptic curve, pairing-based,  and lattice-based cryptography, homomorphic encryption, and cloud security and privacy, including privacy for healthcare.
Lauter is currently serving as President-Elect of the Association for Women in Mathematics, and on the Council of the American Mathematical Society.   She was a co-founder of the Women In Numbers Network, a research collaboration community for women in number theory.   She received her BA, MS, and PhD, all in mathematics, from the University of Chicago, in 1990, 1991, and 1996, respectively. She was T.H. Hildebrandt Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan (1996-1999).  In 2008, Lauter, together with her coauthors, was awarded the Selfridge Prize in Computational Number Theory.