Advanced School of Cryptography 2017

The fourth Advanced School on Cryptology and Information Security in Latin America (ASCrypto 2017), will take place on September 17th, 18th and 19th, 2017, in cooperation with IACR, the International Association for Cryptologic Research.

The school will provide intensive training focused on public-key primitives, including mathematical background, efficient algorithms, Internet integration, and attacks. Public-key primitives have been one of the main topics in cryptologic research for 40 years; they are prominent topics in specialized conferences such as ECC and PQCrypto, in many papers at IACR conferences, and also in many papers at applied security conferences.

The program of ASCrypto 2017 will consist of six short three-hour courses that will be given by the following confirmed lecturers,

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Neal Koblitz:

University of Washington, EEUU (Confirmed)

Topics: "Elliptic-curve cryptography."

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Tanja Lange:

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, the Netherlands (Confirmed)

Topics: "Post-quantum cryptography."

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Julio Lopez:

University of Campinas, Brazil (Invited)

Topics: "Efficient algorithms in software."

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Francisco Rodríguez-Henríquez:

CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico (Confirmed)

Topics: Efficient algorithms in hardware."

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Daniel J. Bernstein:

University of Illinois at Chicago and Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Confirmed)

Topics: "Internet integration."

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Nadia Heninger:

University of Pennsylvania, EEUU (Confirmed)

Topics: "Attacks."

Objective of ASCrypto 2017:

 Latin America has a long tradition of excellent research in related fields but has relatively few researchers in cryptology per se. The Advanced School on Cryptology and Information Security in Latin America aims to convey the excitement of working in cryptology, helping encourage and build cryptologic research capacity in the region, and improving connectivity to the broader international community. This year provides a unique opportunity to reach out toCuba (which has historically been isolated through travel limitations and export controls), and can be expected to draw many attendees both locally and from Latin America more broadly, as well as interested people from the United States and around the world. Focusing on public-key primitives will allow students coming from related areas to see a solid introduction and a taste of accessible research topics, without requiring any previous cryptographic background. The typical members of the target audience will be graduate students interested in cryptography. The school will also allow undergraduate students, postdocs and junior researchers, and security professionals who have interests in cryptography. The participants are expected to havefamiliarity with the basics of some related subjects (algebra, probability, programming) but not with any specific cryptographic topics. By the end of the school, participants will learn how the most important current and future public-key primitives work, from the perspective of mathematicians, implementors, users, and attackers. Lecturers will provide slides to participants and will be encouraged in advance to provide further notes.