2014 Winter School: Wrap Up

The 9th Annual Winter School was held from 7 – 18 July 2014 at the University of Queensland. The theme of this year’s School was Contemporary Aspects of Cryptography. The Winter School is aimed at postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the mathematical sciences and cognate disciplines. The Winter School aims to enable participants to broaden and deepen their mathematical knowledge, and to build collaborative networks with other PhD students and early career researchers.

A series of mini-courses were offered over the two-week long School. The courses in the first week were more introductory in nature, allowing the courses in the second week to lead into current research problems. The courses covered a range of topics in the broad area of cryptography and were offered by eminent national and international researchers.

COURSES

Week 1
Program – Introductory Courses

Provable Security of Cryptographic Primitives & Protocols
By Dr Douglas Stebila, Queensland University of Technology 

The Human Side to Cryptography
By Associate Professor Benjamin Burton, The University of Queensland

Finite Fields
By Dr Joanne Hall, Queensland University of Technology 

Applications of Coding & Information Theory to Cryptography
By Assoicate Professor Serdar Boztas, RMIT University 

Week 2
Program – Advanced Courses 

The Cryptomathematics of Bitcoin
By Dr Brett Witty, Defence Science Technology Organisation 

Techniques in Cryptographic Implementation
By Dr Zoltán Bácskai, Defence Science Technology Organisation

Curves & Discrete Logarithms
By Porfessor Tanja Langer, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands

Quantum Cryptography
By Dr Alessandro Fedrizzi, The University of Queensland

New Mathematical Problems Arising from Cryptographic Research
By Dr Alexei Miasnikov, Stevens institute of Technology, U.S.A